Monday, 8 October 2018

Hotter and hotter! Midlothian restaurant snaps up second Asian food award

Hot on the heels after winning the title of Scotland’s Curry Chef of the Year, Midlothian restaurant Radhuni has been voted the country’s best South Asian restaurant.

The 120 cover Indian-Bangladeshi restaurant in Loanhead near Edinburgh received the award at a gala event at the Inter-Continental Hotel in London’s 02 complex (on Sunday 30 September) organised by the Asian Restaurants and Takeaway Association (ARTA).

In April its Head Chef Ashok Ram was named Chef of the Year in the Scottish Curry Awards.

Radhuni Manager Habibur Khan (pictured with trophy) commented: “To win one of these prestigious awards is a remarkable achievement for Ashok and the rest of our supremely talented and hardworking team. To win two in less than six months shows not only the quality of our food and service but the consistency with which we provide it. We are delighted to have been recognised yet again as setting the standard for Asian food in Scotland.”

Habibur’s father, Matin Khan, who runs Itihaas restaurant in nearby Dalkeith, won the Scottish Curry Chef of the Year award in 2014.

ARTA says its award is the only one which recognises, promotes and celebrates the importance and popularity of the South Asian catering industry in the UK, as determined by its consumers. Judges took into account votes from the public as well as online reviews and food hygiene ratings. Customers were asked to comment on  the quality of food and service, and the restaurant’s value for money.

Radhuni, whose name means ‘passionate cook’ in Bengali, opened in 2011 as Loanhead’s first Indian-style restaurant.

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