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We got TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Award 2013!


Tripadvisor certificate

Award-winning Loanhead restaurant Radhuni has achieved one of the highest possible ratings out of 5 starts from guests reviewing for the world’s largest travel site.

The Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant on Clerk Street got the maximum 4.5 mark from people assessing it for TripAdvisor.

Awarding The Radhuni has received Certificate of Excellence 2013, Christine Petersen, President of TripAdvisor for Business, praised the restaurant’s “exceptional ratings over the past year.”

In a letter to the restaurant’s owner. Matin Khan, she added “This is a significant achievement, deserving recognition from travellers and staff.”

To qualify for the Certificate, businesses must maintain an average rating of four and a half or higher out of a possible five marks as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor. Additional criteria include the number of reviews. TripAdvisor attracts more than 50 million unique monthly visitors to its Website and has more than 20 million members.

Mr Khan commented

“Although we were given the best possible marks my team and I are always trying to improve our standards. We are determined to make our customer service equally as good as the food we serve, and are grateful to all guests who took the trouble to give their feedback and report their positive dining experiences to TripAdvisor.”

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The Radhuni featured in Pat Chapman’s Good Curry Guide 2013!

Pat Chapman's Good Curry Guide 2013

We are in Pat Chapman’s Curry Guide (sponsored by Cobra) for achieving the highest standard of excellence out of the 9,000 Indian restaurants in the UK!

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Fundraising lunch for Classrooms in the Clouds (CitC)

The Radhuni was featured in the April 25 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser for a charity event we supported.



A MIDLOTHIAN restaurant has dished up the dosh to help needy Nepalese children.

The Radhuni, in Loanhead, was the venue for a recent fundraising lunch for Classrooms in the Clouds (CitC). The charity was founded by local man David Woods to provide affordable, accessible and sustainable education to the children of Nepal.

Matin Khan’s award-winning restaurant served a two-course banquet for guests and donated 30 per cent of the income to CitC.

The Radhuni’s £300 contribution was boosted by a raffle, auction and donations, taking the event total to £786.

CitC’s third project in Nepal, an eight-classroom school, is expected to be open at the end of next month.

Mr Woods also thanked The Little Funky Flower Shop, Midlothian Council, Paddy’s, Boots, The Pentland Roadhouse, Diamond’s Diner, Medusa, Bliss Beauty and Spa, Paterson SA Hairdressing, IKEA and Emma Cleland for raffle donations.

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What you order is what you get!

We at Radhuni de-bone our own meat, so you can be assured that what you order is what comes out on your plate! Our chefs take pride the preparation of our dishes, and we do not buy any pre-cut or ready cooked meats.

Quality is the most important factor in our cuisine, so although we may seem a little more expensive than our competitors, the quality can NEVER beaten, and we are proud of that!

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The Radhuni Chef wins Chef of the Year Award!

The Radhuni was featured in the January 21 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.


A LOANHEAD chef has wowed curry experts to win a national title. Ashok Ram, who works at The Radhuni restaurant Clerk Street, became Chef of the Year for Scotland and Northern Ireland at the Bangladeshi Caterers Association annual celebration in London.

The 48 year old from Nepal cooked up a storm at the organisation’s recent glittering ceremony in the park plaza hotel. Matin Khan who owns The Radhuni and Itihaas in Dalkieth is delighted that the BCA recognised his protégés culinary skills.

He said: “The Radhuni is a restaurant which has been opened only a year, and I am very proud of Ashok winning this title. He did the hard way, having to cook in front of judges but I believed in him and I knew he had the knowledge and couldn’t go wrong.”

“Ashok has been working with me for 15 years and I’ve trained him myself. He really deserves the award for all his hard work and commitment.”

“All the staff work hard, but we couldn’t have done it without our customers and we are very grateful for their support.”

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The Radhuni review in The Scotsman

“If there was an award for the most pleasant surprise of the year, eating at Radhuni would already be in the running. Pristine, welcoming, plush and with food that consistently impressed, this smart new Bangladeshi restaurant in Loanhead was an unexpected but hugely welcome treat.”

By Richard Bath

Published in The Scotsman on 17/01/2012 00:00

Perhaps we should have been prepared because Radhuni – which apparently translates as ‘passionate cook’ – is owned by Matin Khan, the proprieter of Ittihas in Dalkeith, a Bangladeshi restaurant that has won a slew of awards in recent years and has quickly developed a very strong local following. And judging from the food and atmosphere at Radhuni, Khan is well on his way to having a second success story on his hands.

It’s clear as soon as you walk through the door that Khan has aspirations far exceeding those of your average curry house. The place is huge, with space for about 150 diners, but it is also light, airy, contemporary and with the sort of upscale interior design touches you’d expect in a city centre brasserie rather than an Indian restaurant in Loanhead. Sumptuous hand-printed wallpaper, subtle lighting, expensive banquettes and starched table linen mark this out as a venue with ambition.

Khan has also tried hard to provide as many talking points as possible, one being the paved ‘Shisha Sanctuary’ at the back of the property, where al fresco eating will be on the menu when summer arrives (presuming that actually happens). Even if you don’t want to eat outside, the garden also provides an opportunity to go for a post-meal puff on one of the many hookah pipes that line the walls and which are available to diners.

But, as with Ittihas, it’s not the fripperies and the environment that have been gaining attention in this part of Midlothian, but the food. At first sight, however, the menu was as underwhelming as it was long. Bangladesh is part of what was Bengal, a region with a rich culinary tradition, particularly when it comes to fish, yet there was no sign of the traditional Bengali fish dishes. Instead there were the usual curry house-staples – the biryanis, kormas, bhunas and vindaloos – that can be found in hundreds of thousands of Indian restaurants up and down the country, not to mention a smattering of ‘European’ dishes (chicken nuggets or omelette, anyone?).

Once we had got over that disappointment and ordered, the food started to arrive and we forgot our misgivings. If Khan has decided that Midlothian tastebuds will drive what is offered at Radhuni, his chefs (who, bizarrely, were all from Nepal, as were the efficient waiters) make up for a lack of authenticity with a real passion and skill at their craft.

Our starters, in particular, were fantastic. I decided to start with that curry house classic, the prawn puri, which is basically small prawns in gravy served on unleavened bread, and was rewarded with a gorgeously mushy and warming version of this great dish. Alistair’s mixed kebab selection was, if anything, even better. His huge chunks of tandoori chicken and lamb were perfectly cooked, while his vegetarian pakora had none of that harsh grittiness you often find in pakora, nor did they have any sign of the oiliness that is another frequent failing.

Our main courses were equally classic staples, but both were well produced. Alistair plumped for the murgh mango, which is essentially a chicken tikka cooked in a creamy sauce of mango, onion, garlic and coriander, while I opted for the Kashmiri, a mild, creamy curry in which lychees are used heavily. If this was perhaps not ideal synchronisation on the ordering front, with two huge bowls of similarly mild, creamy and fruit-based curries appearing together, they both passed muster. We would certainly order both of them again without hesitation, while the rice was perfectly done, the keema nan bread also spot on and the tarka daal (stewed lentils and split peas) absolutely perfect.

If the lack of authentic Bengali dishes was a disappointment, there were at least some of the sweet puddings for which the area is also renowned. Unfortunately both of us had already eaten so much that we side-stepped dessert.

All in all, this was a very positive experience. The food, with the obvious caveats about the authenticity and range of options, was excellent; the service was good; the environment was tip-top; and the prices – most of the main courses were around £8 – were astonishingly good value for money. If Khan could have chucked in a couple of Bengali fish curries and enough dry weather to try out the hookah pipe, the evening would have been pretty much perfect.

93 Clerk Street, Loanhead. Midlothian (0131-440 3566,
Starters: £3.60-£5.95 Main courses: £7.95-£13.95

Rating: 7/10

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