Asian Restaurant Awards Scotland shortlist

Short-list announced for 2022 Asian Restaurant Awards

More than 60 leading Scottish eateries have been shortlisted for this year’s Asian Restaurant Awards

4th October 2022

Yawar Khan : “It’s important we acknowledge excellence and celebrate the success of the sector.”

Yawar Khan : “It’s important we acknowledge excellence and celebrate the success of the sector.”

The list covers some of the best loved Asian, Chinese, Japanese, and Nepalese restaurants and takeaways from across the Highlands, North East and Central Belt of Scotland. The winners will be announced at this year’s Asian Restaurant Awards (Scotland) finals event, which is being staged on 1 November at the Sheraton Grand in Edinburgh. The awards finals were due to be held in September but were postponed due to the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Organised by the Asian Catering Federation (ACF) with Just Eat as its key sponsor, the awards have become a pinnacle for uniting the Asian restaurant industry in achieving recognition for innovation, vision and exceptional food.

Further supporters of this year’s awards include Cobra Beer; Tyl by NatWest – Online Payment Solutions; and business immigration and HR systems specialists, Work Permit Cloud.

Edinburgh-based outlets lead the way with 21 restaurants and takeaways from the Scottish capital making this year’s short-list. Five Glasgow entrants also make the list along with four establishments from both Perth and St Andrews; three from Dunfermline; and two from Inverness, Paisley, Elgin and Falkirk. There are also entrants from Aberdeen, Dundee, among other Scottish represented on the final shortlist for this year’s awards.

At this year’s awards one of the finalists will also be named as the overall best Asian restaurant in Scotland.

The shortlist was determined by over 10,000 votes from members of the public. The establishments will all be visited by a panel of judges from the ACF who will determine the winners for both national and regional award categories at the finals in September.

Scottish winners will also be included in the ACF’s new ‘One Hundred Top Curry Restaurants’ guide, which is being published currently, region–by–region across the UK, at, with a printed version being available next year.

ACF Chairman Yawar Khan said: “We congratulate all the establishments in making this year’s short-list for the sixth annual Asian Restaurant Awards (Scotland), an event which showcases some of the best dining establishments from across the nation. We look forward to unveiling the winners at our awards finals event on 1 November in Edinburgh.

“Asian restaurants, which contribute £5bn to the economy and employ more than 100,000 people across the UK, are a key feature of Scotland’s food and cultural landscape. At a time when the sector is facing significant challenges with rising food and energy prices along with staff shortages, it’s important we acknowledge excellence and celebrate the success of the sector.”

Asian Restaurant Awards (Scotland) – full short list

National categories


Curry Pot Indian Takeaway Dunfermline

St. John’s Curry Club, Edinburgh

Zain’s Curry House, Dalry

Curry Leaf Ayr

Maska Cumbernauld

Chennai Marina Edinburgh

Chilli Pepper Inverness

Shukira Indian Takeaway Peebles

Japanese Restaurant of the year

Harajuku Kitchen Edinburgh

Maki & Ramen Edinburgh

Sapporo Teppanyaki Glasgow

Chinese Restaurant of the year

Hau Han Edinburgh

Tattu Edinburgh

Lychee Oriental Glasgow

Nepalese Restaurant of the year

Everest Inn Perth

The Khukuri Edinburgh

Namaste Kathmandu Edinburgh

Annapurna Gurkha’s Restaurant Kirkcaldy

Thai Restaurant of the year

Tanon St Andrews

Passorn Thai Edinburgh

Nok’s Kitchen Edinburgh

Korean Restaurant of the Year

Silla Korean Restaurant Glasgow

Ong Gie Edinburgh

Newcomer of the Year

Bo’ness Spice Bo’ness

Cilantro Leith

Tamanna Aviemore

The Auld Hoose Chinese Restaurant Musselburgh

Regional categories


Carron to Mumbai Stonehaven

Light of Bengal Aberdeen

Nazma Tandoori Ellon

Rajpoot Indian Restaurant Inverurie


The Raj Mahal Kinross

Handi Glenrothes

The Royal Bengal Dunfermline

Dhoom Dunfermline

Maisha St Andrews

Jahangir Tandoor Restaurant St Andrews

Haar Restaurant St Andrews


Dishoom Edinburgh

Tuk Tuk Indian Street Food Edinburgh

Mother India’s Café Edinburgh

Navadhanya Edinburgh

Chaskaa Restaurant Edinburgh

Prana Indian Grill Edinburgh

The Khukuri Edinburgh

Nilgiri Spice Edinburgh

Station India Edinburgh

Bell Bottom Indian Edinburgh

Ignite Edinburgh

The Cove Edinburgh


Multan Tandoori Paisley

Mushtaq’s Hamilton

Charcoal’s Glasgow

Heera Indian Renfrew

Café Asia BYOB Glasgow

The Indian Scene Paisley


Saffron Indian Restaurant Inverness

Cinnamon Restaurant Inverness

Sylhet Brasserie Grantown-on-Spey


Itihaas Dalkeith

Memories Of India Gorebridge

The Paper Mill Lasswade

The Radhuni Loanhead

Bombay Lounge Dalkeith


Panache Elgin

Spice Tandoori Elgin


Tabla Perth

The Manzil Perth

Koyla Indian Restaurant Dundee


Masala Ram’s Falkirk

Sanam Tandoori Falkirk