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Popular Edinburgh restaurants nominated for awards ahead of ‘curry oscars’

Scotland’s Curry Restaurant of the Year is in line for further honours just a few weeks after celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Radhuni in Loanhead near Edinburgh has been shortlisted in the British Curry Awards in which it won the Scottish title when they were last held in 2019.

The sold out black tie gala dinner at London’s Battersea Evolution will be held on 29 November. Awards are given on a regional basis.

Radhuni and its sister restaurant Itihaas in nearby Dalkeith were recently named as two of Scotland’s best family businesses after being shortlisted as finalists in the Scottish Family Business Awards in the category of Commitment to the Community.

The two Bangladeshi-Indian restaurants have done extensive fundraising for charities as well as sponsoring many local groups and clubs, and donated several thousand free meals to front line workers during the pandemic.

Habibur Khan, Managing Partner of the 120 seat Radhuni, has been shortlisted in the ‘Next Generation’ category which recognises younger family members who have played a leading role in a business’ development and are capable of leading it to even greater successes in future.

At the age of 23 in 2019 he became the youngest ever winner of a major British Curry Award. Last year he was praised by Prime Minister Boris Johnson after receiving the Scottish award for outstanding service in the industry. Judges said Radhuni had shown “great initiative and community spirit” during the pandemic.

Earlier this year Radhuni was selected by Walkers Crisps as the inspiration of a new flavour, Madras Curry, now being sold UK-wide, based on one of its recipes.

Habibur commented: “Despite the effects of coronavirus this has been a magnificent year for Radhuni and we’re dreaming it could get even better. We are delighted to have been named again as one of the finest curry restaurants in the UK. It is a testament to the consistently high qualities of cuisine and service to which our team aspires, day in and day out.”

The Awards are the highlight of Britain’s curry hospitality industry which encompasses more than 12,000 restaurants and is estimated to be worth £5 billion to the economy.

Previous guests of honour at the ceremony have included three UK Prime Ministers – David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnston.

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