Itihaas – Dalkeith Indian Restaurant Turns 10

Matin Khan, who runs two restaurants on the outskirts of Edinburgh, has been named the UK’s top curry chef by the industry’s trade magazine.

Executive Chef of Itihaas in Dalkeith and The Radhuni in Loanhead, he was given the accolade on Sunday 15 October in front of an audience of 500 at the Curry Life Awards at the Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Mayfair.

In a double triumph for Scotland, Radhuni was awarded the title of the UK’s best curry restaurant.

Since Matin opened the 80 seat Itihaas in 2007 its titles have included Scotland’s Curry Chef of the Year, Best South Asian Restaurant, and Restaurant of the Year in the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Awards.

His son Habibur, who accepted the award on his behalf, has managed Radhuni since it opened in 2011. At the age of 23 in 2019 he became the youngest person to win a major award in the British Curry Awards.

The audience at the awards, which celebrate the best of the UK’s multi-billion-pound curry industry, included Minister for London Paul Scully, former UK Health Secretary Baroness Virginia Bottomley, her MP husband Sir Peter (longest serving Member of the House of Commons), four other MPs and Lord Karan Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer and a former President of the Confederation of British Industry. The event was hosted by ITV news presenter Lucrezia Millarini.

A chef for over 40 years, Matin was born in Bangladesh.  After his family moved to Cambridge when he was a teenager, he began honing his cooking skills in the family home.

“It’s a great honour to be described as the finest curry chef in the United Kingdom,” he commented. “There are so many wonderful chefs working in thousands of restaurants all over the country that I am truly humbled and very proud. My emphasis has always been on developing authentic recipes and working with the finest kitchen and front of house staff.”

The 120-seat Radhuni (its name means ‘passionate cook’) is one of only three Indian-style restaurants in Scotland to have been awarded an AA Rosette for culinary excellence.

Regularly placed in the British Curry Awards’ “Hot 100”, it was named Scottish Curry Restaurant of the Year in 2020 and 2021 and in July this year took the same title in the Scottish Restaurant Awards.

Habibur Khan commented: “These are remarkable achievements for my father and the restaurants he established. His legacy is assured. Helped by my father’s guidance, the team at Radhuni have worked tirelessly and with great skill to create a constantly first class dining experience. We are overwhelmed by this latest honour.”

Curry Life magazine reaches 10,000 Indian, Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepalese and Pakistani restaurants serving millions of customers a year.

The ‘curry industry’ is said to account for two thirds of all eating out in the UK. Indian-style restaurants get through more than 200,000 tonnes of rice a year.

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Serving a fresh taste of Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine in the heart of Scotland, Itihaas restaurant is excited for their 10 year anniversary. This award-winning restaurant always has an intriguing menu and now there is something new on offer to help celebrate.

The word Itihaas is derived from the Hindi language, meaning ‘history’. The restaurant of this name has had plenty of history in the past 10 years. With the mission of offering delicious Bangladeshi and Indian meals in Dalkeith, Itihaas has grown with success. Itihaas has always focussed on keeping their meals simple yet flavoursome. Itihaas has won many awards over the competition with their high standards in good quality dishes and service. Recently, a winner of the Scottish Curry Award 2017 and Trip advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2017, Itihaas is well deserving.

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Flavoured with impeccable herbs and spices, the meals at Itihaas will whet your appetite. The staff always has a good recommendation of wine to complement the intricacies of the dishes. Great care and attention is put into every meal which is served in a pleasant and relaxed environment.

The restaurant was opened by Matin Khan in 2007. His belief that cooking is an art form to create aromatic dishes has endured across the years. As well as creating mouth-watering dishes using Indian and Bangladeshi spices and flavours, Khan has also encouraged an involvement in the community. Itihaas regularly sponsors the local community including Newtongrange Star football team – and charity events, such as donations to the Saltersgate School.

Itihaas, is a local restaurant in Dalkeith that truly values the community, Itihaas recognises that their success would not be without the support of the local residents. So, to all the diners and residents of Midlothian, Itihaas extends warm and genuine thanks for all the support over the years.

Without you, valued customers, none of our success would have been possible. As a heartfelt thank you, we will be giving away a £10 voucher with orders throughout the month of December. These vouchers will be valid for use in January and February 2018.

Consider this not only a token of our genuine appreciation, but also a way to say Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope that the year 2018 will be prosperous and joyful for everyone in Dalkeith and further afield in Edinburgh and around Scotland.

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Here is to embracing another 10 years of success and we look forward to having many diners and residents, both new and old, join us for delicious and tantalising Indian and Bangladeshi food. Please join us at our restaurant 7 days a week and share a meal with your loved ones.

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17-19 Eskbank Road, Dalkeith, EH22 1HD | 0131 663 9800

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17-19 Eskbank Road, Dalkieth, EH22 1HD
0131 663 9800

Monday – Thursday || 12pm-2pm || 5pm-10:30pm
Friday – Sunday || 12pm-2pm || 4:30pm-10:30pm
Closed Tuesday

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