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Curry on winning! Midlothian restaurant takes another title

Midlothian restaurant Itihaas has served up another top award after being voted the best South Asian eaterie in Scotland.

The Dalkeith restaurant, which specialises in Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine, won the title in the prestigious UK-wide competition organised by Spice Times, the quarterly magazine for the South Asian restaurant and catering trade.

In October it was named Best Bangladeshi Restaurant in Scotland and Northern Ireland by the Bangladeshi Caterers’ Association. Itihaas is also one of four finalists in the Best Indian category of the 2011 Scottish Restaurant of the Year Awards.

“It has been a remarkable year for us with so many positive comments coming our way,” Director Matin Khan commented. “We are particularly pleased because, unlike many other restaurants taking part in these awards, we are a relative newcomer, having been open for only three years.”

Mr Khan, who moved to the UK from Bangladesh at the age of 13 in 1984, added: “Customers are coming to eat here from far and near and our team is grateful for the enormous support they have kept giving us.”

Itihaas received well over half the total number of votes cast for Scotland by Spice Times readers and members of the public.

As one of 11 regional winners in the awards, it goes forward for consideration as the best South Asian restaurant in the whole of the UK. The awards will be presented before an audience of up to 500 at Romford, Essex, on Sunday (12 December) when entertainers will include a Bollywood troupe.