Itihaas is a finalist at the Scottish Curry Awards 2019

We are delighted to announce that Itihaas has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Best Dining Experience of the Year category!

Itihaas has previously won the Chef of the Year (Matin Khan) award in 2014 and Restaurant of the Year award in 2017 We are hoping Lady Luck is on side for a third win!

A huge thank you to our guests and suppliers for your support over the years.


Itihaas is One of the Seven Very Best Indian Restaurants in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Live has put together a fantastic list of the very best Indian restaurants in Edinburgh. We are humbled yet very proud to be featured in this list being located in Dalkeith, Midlothian. The Radhuni, our sister restaurant based in Loanhead is also proudly featured in the list.

Edinburgh is a gold mine when it comes to spicy, tastebud-tingling Indian cuisine


Itihaas, based in Dalkeith, is another Midlothian favourite. Like The Radhuni, the modern restaurant has won multiple awards for its innovative dishes.

Their Sunday banquet menu is as popular as Tapas Tuesday at The Radhuni: diners can get three courses for £12.95, and with dishes like the piquant paneer chilli massalam to choose from (a vegetarian favourite), as well as tender lamb curries and vegetable sides, you’ll definitely leave smiling, satisfied and well set up for the week ahead.

Read the full article at Edinburgh Live’s website here.


Charity Fundraising Dinner in Memory of Liam Alexander

Itihaas will be hosting a special charity fundraising dinner in memory of Liam Alexander who sadly passed away in May 2018.
The dinner will be held on Wednesday 26 September 2018 between 5-11pm. It will consist of a special one-off menu (see below) that represents Liam for £20 per person. 50% of the proceeds will be donated to charity.
Liam’s family wished to share a few thoughts on Liam:
“Liam was a special lad who was like no other, was always there when you needed him and was always up for a laugh, but he never truly knew how much his friends cared and loved him, we just wish we’d showed the love and thoughts for him back then like we are now so he did know how much he meant to us. This menu has been set specially to represent Liam.”
Please make every effort to attend and please share with your family and friends. Thank you.

Eat for Liam Menu


Onion birds nest Bhaji / Onion Bhaji
Love an Indian Lamb / or Chicken Kebab

Main Courses

Chicken Cheeky Masala / Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken or Lamb it’s hot in here Madras
Chicken or Lamb no Tomato Jalfrezi
Chicken or Lamb get a few jabs in Korma


That Yelly Rice / Pilau
Nae Mushroom in ma Rice / Mushroom Rice
Any Rice will dae / Rice of your choice


777777 Garlic Naan/ Garlic Naan
I’m going to the gym / Plain Naan

Adult £20.00
Children under 15 years old £10.00

Includes 1 Glass wine or 1/2 Pint Lager or 1 Soft Drink


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

Chicken Tikka Massallam - UK's favourite dish

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

Link to article


Itihaas – Dalkeith Indian Restaurant Turns 10

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.

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.

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.


Itihaas voted Scotland’s Top Curry Restaurant

Three years after its Director was named Scotland’s Curry King, Itihaas restaurant in Dalkeith has been voted the country’s top curry restaurant.

The family-owned and run 80 seat restaurant in the Midlothian town’s Eskbank Road took the title at the 10th Scottish Curry Awards held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow on 24 April.

The organisers said more than 20,000 diners voted in the awards, more than two-thirds of them in the prestigious Restaurant of the Year category.

Launched in 2007, Itihaas’ previous awards have included Scotland’s best Bangladeshi and South Asian restaurant. It has also been shortlisted in the Scottish Restaurant of the Year Awards.

In 2014 its Director Matin Khan was voted Scotland’s Curry Chef of the Year. Matin moved to the UK from his native Bangladesh at the age of 14 and opened his first restaurant when only 19.

“It is a remarkable success for our team to have been selected as the best curry restaurant in Scotland,” he commented. “We pride ourselves on the authenticity of our Indian and Bangladeshi dishes and take great care in the selection of ingredients, including the herbs and spices.

“It is also a reflection of our consistently high standard of service. We try to match the excellence of our food and drink with close attention to the requirements of each and every customer. We are grateful to all those customers who voted for us.”

Matin Khan was also shortlisted as Chef of the Year for both Itihaas and its sister restaurant The Radhuni in Loanhead, Midlothian.

The award was collected by his sons Majibur and Habibur, and restaurant manager Mohammad Abbas.


Itihaas reviewed by Gerry’s Kitchen

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Read a great review by Gerry Haughian of his lunchtime experience at Itihaas! Read the full review at Gerry’s Kitchen website.

“Starting with a chana on puri that we shared between us. Just as well we shared because it was a huge starter that would have defeated Nicola if she had to take it on herself. The puri, a deep fried puffed bread, was light and airy and despite being deep fried it showed no signs of greasiness. The chick pea filling was immense. Hot and spicy, sweet and sour with a good handful of fresh coriander mixed in to help ad a fragrant balance. This was one of the tastiest Indian starters that we’ve had in a long time.

Itihaas don’t scrimp on portion sizes and the main course that Nicola received was packed with giant chunks of tender, well seasoned chicken breast. The sauce had a good balance of spice without being too hot, preserved lemon had been added to add another dimension to the sauce and there was a noticeable amount of garlic present round the dish off whilst keeping the vampires away. The pilau rice was another delight, heavy seasoned with star anise and topped with preserved orange peel, helping add further levels of flavour to an already tasty curry. The lunch menu costs just £7.95 for two courses which I think you’ll agree, offers great value for money.

I had opted for the Lamb Thali lunch experience – a new offering at Itihaas (Thali is an Indian meal made up of a selection of various dishes, the word Thali means a round platter used to serve food) – and was delighted with the value for money that I this offered.

Again, the portion size was a winner and I knew that we would be taking home a ‘doggy-bag’. The onion bhaji was crisp and well seasoned, the curried vegetable were fantastic, especially the broccoli that seemed to soak up the spices with ease. As for the lamb curry, it was wonderful.”


Itihaas winner at Midlothian Food & Drink Awards 2015!


The fourth annual Midlothian Food & Drink Awards took place yesterday and we are delighted to announce that Itihaas has won three fantastic awards for:

  • Best Customer Service
  • Best Place for Dinner
  • Best Place for a Takeaway (Runner Up)

Itihaas is a proud winner at the event in previous years but 2015 was our best yet! I would like to dedicate this win to our hard working staff without whom this would not have been possible.

Also, a huge thank you to everyone that voted for us. The Midlothian Food & Drink Awards are very important for us as they are voted for by customers and the public.

I would also like to thank Midlothian Council for running this event and congratulations to the other winners!

Matin Khan


Itihaas Restaurant Awarded Tripadvisor Certificate Of Excellence For Five Consecutive Years


Inducted into ‘Hall of Fame’ of Five-time Certificate of Excellence Winners on the World’s Largest Travel Site

Dalkeith, Scotland, United Kingdom – 19 May, 2015 Itihaas today announced that it has been recognised as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honour those businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years. Winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

“Being awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ is a huge achievement for the entire team at Itihaas. We would like to thank all of our past guests who took their time to write a review on TripAdvisor for Itihaas,” said Matin Khan, Director at Itihaas. “Receiving a recognition and seal of approval based on customer reviews, is the best type of award. The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence is an outstanding vote of confidence to our cuisine and service and our continued commitment to excellence.”

“Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat. TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the ‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.


About Itihaas

Itihaas has been serving up Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine in Dalkeith since 2007. The restaurant attracts up to 600 customers a week, employs 15 staff and is a major sponsor of many sports, social and other clubs in and around Midlothian. Itihaas has won many awards over the years including Asian Curry Awards, Scottish Curry Awards and multi-time winner at the Midlothian Food & Drink Awards.

About TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and book the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools that check hundreds of websites to find the best hotel prices. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 340 million unique monthly visitors**, and more than 225 million reviews and opinions covering more than 4.9 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions. The sites operate in 45 countries worldwide. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, December 2014

**Source: Google Analytics, average monthly unique users, Q1 2015

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17-19 Eskbank Road

Dalkeith EH22 1HD

Tel: 0131 663 9800

Itihaas on TripAdvisor

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