Dalkeith’s award-winning Indian restaurant Itihaas has been praised by Scotland’s food and drink scheme.
Notifying the Eskbank Road restaurant that it had achieved the criteria for membership, an EatScotland spokesman commented: “Those who wish to enjoy high quality Indian food will do so at this restaurant where they will find a warm welcome and attentive service.”
EatScotland is a quality assurance scheme run by national tourism body VisitScotland to promote food and drink and help residents and visitors find great places to eat. Its membership standard covers quality, service, and hygiene. Assessors visit businesses anonymously.
The spokesman said Itihaas “offers a contemporary and comfortable dining experience.“
In his report the assessor reported being particularly impressed with Shaktora lamb, one of the most popular items on the Itihaas menu. “This was a well balanced dish which allowed the flavour of the tender lamb to come through the mild spices,” he wrote.
In recent months Itihaas has been voted Scotland’s best Bangladeshi and South Indian restaurant, and was a finalist in the Indian category of the 2011 Scottish Restaurant of the Year Awards.
Director Matin Khan said: “Our staff have worked hard to meet the high standards set by EatScotland. This is further recognition of their efforts which are aimed at also consistently meeting the high expectations of our customers.”