Itihaas, Top 10 Finalist – Edinburgh Curry House of the Year 2018

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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We are proud to announce that Itihaas, a multi-award winning Indian restaurant in Dalkeith, has made it to the Top 10 Finalists of Edinburgh Curry House of the Year 2018 being run by the Edinburgh Evening News!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our guests and the community for their support over the last ten years. Without it, our Indian Restaurant, would not have made it this far.

The team from Itihaas is delighted to receive this recognition for the Edinburgh Indian Restaurant/Curry House category – something which we are not often included in due to locality!

We would ask you to please further support us by voting for us using the form in the Edinburgh Evening News. Closing date for votes is 10am on Friday, August 10, 2018.

Thank you.

Matin Khan


Edinburgh Curry House of the Year 2018 finalists

  1. Abida, 295A Saint John’s Road
  2. Bonoful, 13 -17 Brighton Place
  3. Itihaas, 17/19 Eskbank Road, Dalkeith
  4. Kebab Mahal, 7 Nicolson Square
  5. Mother India Cafe, 3-5 Infirmary Street
  6. Passage to India, 20 Union Place
  7. Shezan Indian Cuisine, 24-25 Union Place
  8. Spice Lounge Kitchen, 1 Craigmount View
  9. St Johns Curry Club, 100 Saint John’s Road
  10. The Original Mosque Kitchen & Cafe, 50 Potterrow

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