Midlothian curry house wins ‘Restaurant of the Year’ award

The local eateries with go up against the best Asian restaurants and takeaways from around Scotland after more than 10,000 people voted online for their favourite venues, with 70 businesses making the shortlist.

Hosted by BBC News anchor Samantha Simmonds, the gala dinner and awards ceremony will take place at The Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh on September 18.

The awards, being held for the seventh time, are organised by the Asian Catering Federation (ACF).

ACF chairman Yawar Khan said: “We are seeing some remarkable creativity by pioneering restaurateurs and chefs, adapting to challenging trading conditions and more sophisticated customer preferences, showcasing Scotland’s world-leading produce, especially its seafood, game, neeps and tatties.”

Yet another trophy was added to its prestigious collection when former Scottish curry house champion Radhuni was voted Restaurant of the Year in the Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Awards.

Matin Khan, Director of the 120 seat Indian-Bangladeshi restaurant in Loanhead, received the award at a presentation dinner held at the Eskmills venue in Musselburgh. Its sister restaurant Itihaas in Dalkeith was a runner-up in the Best Customer Service category.

Judges said the Restaurant of the Year had to “offer a fabulous dining experience, everything from ambience to service and most importantly, the food. Service should be of an extremely high standard and staff will be judged on their knowledge of the menu and wine to complement the dishes.”

Radhuni was voted Scotland’s Curry Restaurant of the Year in 2020 and 2021. Its other titles have included Scotland’s Curry Chef of the Year, a distinction also previously won by Matin.

He commented: “For well over a decade both restaurants have played major roles in putting this area on the culinary map. We have done so by insisting on the best and most authentic ingredients, constant innovation, a comfortable and relaxing environment, and an uncompromising attitude to top grade customer service.”

Matin’s son Habibur, Operations Director of both restaurants, added: “Although we have gained national reputations we have kept a firm focus on  serving the people in and around Midlothian and East Lothian. It’s therefore particularly pleasing that we have again been recognised by the regional business community.”

Radhuni recently joined an elite group of Indian restaurants in the UK by winning an AA Rosette for culinary excellence.

In addition to successes in the food and hospitality sectors Radhuni has received many awards and praise for its support for local communities. For many years it has sponsored local sports and other teams, and provided thousands of free meals for front line workers during the Covid pandemic.

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