VIP reception marks a perfect 10 for the curry kings of Loanhead
Midlothian MP Owen Thompson, MPs Colin Beattie and Foysol Choudhury – who is also chairman of the Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council, joined more than 100 other guests at the event. Midlothian Provost Peter Small led the tributes, congratulating Radhuni on his successes, which also included Best Regional Restaurant and Best Asian Restaurant.
The event was hosted by Habibur Khan, Managing Partner, and his father Matin who runs Restaurant Itihaas in Dalkeith and is in charge of the family business.
“When Radhuni was launched 10 years ago, we had no idea it would become so famous nationally,” Matin said.
A priority for Itihaas and Radhuni, both specializing in Indian / Bangladeshi cuisine, was reaching out to the local community, he added.
Among the guests were local and regional business leaders and representatives from some of the many community groups and sports clubs that the two restaurants have sponsored over the years. The event also celebrated the launch of a new flavor of crisps – Madras Curry – produced by Walkers, inspired by one of Radhuni’s most popular dishes.
Radhuni was selected, as the only restaurant in Scotland and one of only three in the UK, due to its fundraising for the NHS and donating thousands of free meals to frontline workers during the pandemic .
Habibur paid tribute to the restaurant staff. He said: “This anniversary would not have been possible without the hard work of our chef, the rest of the kitchen team and each of our employees.
“They have responded beautifully to the challenges posed by the pandemic. This event is the perfect way to celebrate their achievements.”
Midlothian North MSP Colin Beattie (SNP) said: “It was fantastic to attend Rhaduni’s 10th anniversary. Morning Habibur and all the staff have worked extremely hard over the years and it’s great to see Rhaduni and Itihaas being recognized as the best Asian restaurant in Midlothian. I can’t wait to see what Matin and Habibur have in store for the future. “