11th September 2019
The annual Scotland Asian Restaurant Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony in Edinburgh on Sunday 8th September. The awards evening was hosted by BBC TV news anchor Samantha Simmonds at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa.
Over 70 Asian restaurants across Scotland were shortlisted through a series of public votes, to be narrowed down to just 16 winners, recognising the best Bangladeshi, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Malaysian, and Nepalese restaurants and takeaways in the country.
Mother India’s Café, Edinburgh, Innovative Restaurant of the Year
Dishoom, Edinburgh, Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year
Maki & Ramen, Edinburgh, Japanese Restaurant of the Year
St John’s Curry Club, Edinburgh. Takeaway of the Year
Curry Pot Indian, Dunfermline, Takeaway of the Year
Zain’s Curry House, Dalry, Takeaway of the Year, Highly Commended
Ignite, Edinburgh, Restaurant of the Year
Itihaas, Dalkeith, Restaurant of the Year
Charcoal’s, Glasgow, Restaurant of the Year
Multan Tandoori, Paisley, Restaurant of the Year
Carron to Mumbai, Aberdeen, Restaurant of the Year
Tabla, Perth, Restaurant of the Year
Masala Ram’s, Falkirk, Restaurant of the Year
Raj Mahal, Kinross, Restaurant of the Year
Panache, Elgin, Restaurant of the Year
Tuk Tuk Indian Street Food, Edinburgh, Highly Commended
Station India, Edinburgh, Highly Commended
Ajmal Mushtaq (Mushtaq’s), Hamilton, Chef of the Year
Syed Abdul Hamid (Carron to Mumbai), Aberdeen, Chef of the Year
Praveen Kumar (Tabla), Perth, Chef of the Year
Restaurants were judged by a panel of chefs and Asian cuisine experts, including Michelin Star chef and Chinese Masterchef winner Bill Poon; award-winning author and food critic Ria Amber Tesia; former restaurant inspector for the Good Food Guide George Shaw; and chaired by founder of the Curry Club and editor of the Cobra Good Curry Guide Pat Chapman.
On announcing the winners Asian Catering Federation Chairman Yawar Khan said: “The Scottish Asian Restaurant Awards are a key event for our industry. Not only do they recognise the excellence of Asian and Oriental restaurants in Scotland, but they also give us the opportunity to come together and celebrate the wealth of cultures and cuisines that contribute so much to our economy.”
Pat Chapman, Chief Judge and author of Good Curry Guide added: “On behalf of this year’s judges I would like to congratulate all the winners and thank you for your excellent cuisine and commitment to our industry.
Andrew Kenny, UK Managing Director – Just Eat who sponsor the awards said: “We are delighted to support the Asian Restaurant Awards and would like to congratulate this year’s winners for their fantastic achievement.”