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3,000 meals in 3 days to COVID heroes

Last week, over a period of 3 days, we delivered 3,000 meals to some of the COVID Heroes who have got us through this pandemic. Following the success of our free NHS meals back in 2020, we extended our offer to all the key workers who have dedicated their lives to helping others.

After the support we have been shown throughout this pandemic, we felt it was the least we could do to give a little something from us back to those who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe.

The Midlothian Advertiser have kindly covered our campaign, you can read the full story here.

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Scotland’s top curry restaurant is to give out free food to those on the pandemic front line.

The offer by Radhuni, at Loanhead on the outskirts of Edinburgh, and its sister restaurant Itihaas in nearby Dalkeith includes teachers, postmen and women, delivery drivers and supermarket staff as well as police, fire brigade and ambulance workers, NHS staff and care workers.

The curry and rice dishes will also be given to people employed elsewhere in the hospitality industry which has been especially badly hit by national lockdowns.

Instead of spending or saving the money themselves, the restaurants are using a new Government grant to fund the distribution.

The food plus a soft drink will be handed out from the restaurants next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12, 13 and 14 January between 12 and 2 pm and 4.30 and 9.30 pm on production of valid ID. There will be a vegetarian option.

Last year the two Indian-Bangladeshi restaurants donated £10,000 worth of free meals to NHS and emergency workers and care home staff. They have also been raising money for national charity Children 1st by donating 25p from every takeaway.

Radhuni’s Managing Partner, 24-year-old Habibur Khan, became the youngest person to take home one of the major British Curry Awards last year when Radhuni was named Scotland’s best curry restaurant. Last month he was also given the organisation’s Scottish Award for Most Outstanding Service during the pandemic.

“The past nine months have been tough going for restaurants throughout the UK,” he commented. “Radhuni and Itihaas have already recognised the enormous efforts of our pandemic front line heroes and heroines in practical ways but felt we needed to go even further by giving them more nourishment to help keep up their energy and strength.”

The Radhuni is at 93 Clerk Street, Loanhead EH20 9RE (Em: info@theradhuni.co.uk, tel. 0131 440 3566) and Itihaas is at 17-19 Eskbank Road, Dalkeith EH22 1HD (Emn: info@itihaasrestaurant.com, tel. 0131 663 9800).

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Itihaas retains Best Asian Restaurant title for 2021

We are thrilled to announce that Itihaas has retained the title of Best Asian Restaurant in Midlothian for the second year in a row.

Organised by the Asian Catering Federation, the awards have become a pinnacle for recognising the best Asian, Chinese, Japanese, and Nepalese restaurants and takeaways in the country, and uniting the Asian restaurant industry in achieving recognition for innovative vision and exceptional food.

It has been an extremely difficult year for everyone in the hospitality industry.  We cannot express how grateful we are to the community for always backing our business and supporting us through COVID 19.

You can read the full article here.

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Midlothian restaurants curry on with charity support

Two Midlothian restaurants have stepped in to give a helping hand to vulnerable children badly hit by the pandemic in the lead up to Christmas.

Itihaas in Dalkeith and The Radhuni in Loanhead will donate 25p to the national charity Children 1st for every takeaway purchased until December 20, to support local children. Customers are also being invited to add their own contributions.

Children 1st aims to protect children and keep them safe from harm. It works with children and families to tackle poverty, mental health difficulties, domestic abuse, addiction and social isolation. In a joint statement, Itihaas director Matin Khan and his son Habibur, managing partner of Radhuni, said: “For many of us, the countdown to Christmas will be filled with excitement. Unfortunately for some families in our local communities, this will be a time of great worry and financial hardship.

“Together with our customers we will bring a small lift to children and families who need it most.”

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Two Edinburgh Indian restaurants named Local Covid Curry Heroes

The owner of two popular local Indian restaurants have been given extraordinary recognition for coming to the aid of people in need in their local communities throughout the pandemic.

Restaurateur Matin Khan who manage Itihaash on Eshbank Road, Dalkeith and his son Habibur Khan who runs Radhuni at Clerk Street, Loanhead, have jointly contributed over £10,000 worth of free meals to NHS workers, the fire brigade, police and ambulance services during the ongoing pandemic.

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Itihaas delivered 60 lunchtime meals

When Claire Neish from Midlothian’s Health and Social Care team contacted us for help, we were only glad to step up!

“In yet another example of #kindnessmidlothian, local food business Itihaas kindly delivered 60 lunchtime meals to hard working staff at Fairfield House recently.

Claire Neish from Health and Social Care liaised with the restaurant to make this possible. She is pictured with restaurant owner Matin Khan (centre) and his staff member Mohammed Abbas.

Claire said ‘Thanks to Matin and his team. This gesture was very much appreciated by all and was good for staff morale. He has kindly expressed his willingness to make similar donations to other work locations if needed.’”

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Helping our NHS heroes get free food

Wendy Stubbs has been doing amazing work to feed our NHS heroes!

We have only been glad to help out as best as we can. At the beginning of the lockdown, we offered free curry to NHS, Carers and Emergency Staff. Additionally, we were providing free dinner to The Edinburgh Royal Infirmary’s ICU every Thursday evening.

“Itihaas has been providing food to the ICU at ERI every Thursday free of charge. Matin has provided over 1200 meals to people in the NHS, police, the fire service, care homes, GPs and pharmacies.”

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Itihaas Gift Vouchers for Christmas Presents

Make Christmas shopping quick and easy by gifting your family and friends Gift Vouchers for Itihaas!

Vouchers are available in multiples of £10 or £20. Just pop in to the restaurant or call us on 0131 663 9800 during opening hours.

You can be assured your loved ones will enjoy our award-winning Indian cuisine this festive season! And remember you for it!

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Itihaas is Number 6 in the Top 16 Google Indian Takeaway Reviews

A right carry on! Midlothian restaurants take away more plaudits

Midlothian restaurants Radhuni and Itihaas are carrying on where they left off – by being listed among Scotland’s top takeaways.

In September the India-Bangladeshi restaurants were ranked 2 and 5 on a list of the country’s best curry restaurants as reviewed by customers on Google.

Now they’ve proved to be similar hits in reviews posted by the global Internet provider – for takeaway food. Radhuni, in Loanhead, is listed at number 3 with an average score of 4.7 out of 5, with Itihaas, in Dalkeith, at number 6 with a mark of 4.5.

Both are owned and run by the same family.

Google’s top 16 includes takeaways from Shetland to the Borders and from Ullapool to Fife. Two Edinburgh restaurants make the list – Oink in Victoria Street at 9 and Kebab Mahal in Nicolson Square at 15 respectively.

The family firm’s distinctions include winning the title of Scotland’s Curry Chef of the Year twice – Matin Khan at Itihaas in 2014 and Ashok Ram of Radhuni last year. The 120-seater Radhuni is shortlisted in the 2019 British Curry Awards to be announced in London next Monday 25 November.

Matin Khan commented: “Itihaas and Radhuni lavish the same meticulous care and attention on our takeaways as the food we serve to in-house diners. We’re grateful to all the customers who praised our service for giving them the opportunity to enjoy the best Indian-Bangladeshi cuisine in the comfort of their own homes.”

Read the original article in the Edinburgh Evening News here.

Read coverage of this article in The Midlothian Advertiser here.

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