Loanhead restaurant manager is Britain’s youngest curry king as Radhuni wins British Curry Award
Habibur Khan became the youngest winner of a British Curry Award and immediately dedicated his restaurant’s triumph to his waitress diagnosed with terminal cancer.
The 120 seat Indian-Bangladeshi Radhuni in Loanhead was named best restaurant in Scotland at the British Curry Awards, held at a glittering, star-studded gala dinner attended by 1,700 VIPs and leading restaurateurs on Monday at the Battersea Evolution in London.
The awards, handed out by candidates from Lord Sugar’s hit BBC TV show The Apprentice, are given on a regional basis.
“It’s a dream come true for me,” said 23-year-old Habibur, the restaurant’s managing partner and the youngest person ever to carry off one of the main awards, known as the ‘Oscars’ of the industry.
“Ever since I started working in restaurants at the age of 14 I dreamed of getting to the top of the profession and now Radhuni has reached that pinnacle,” Habibur said.
He added: “I’m honoured to bring this award home for our local communities in Midlothian but it really goes to our colleague Carol O’Reilly.”
Radhuni customers recently raised funds for the Macmillan charity during National Curry Week after being inspired by the waitress’s fight against bowel cancer.
This latest award for the Clerk Street restaurant and takeaway just continues the success it has enjoyed in the past couple of years. Last year Radhuni was named among Britain’s top 100 curry houses – the so-called ‘Hot Hundred’ – in the British Curry Awards.
Habibur also paid tribute to his father Matin, who runs Itihaas restaurant in Dalkeith, and who himself won the title of Scotland’s Curry Chef of the Year in 2014.
“The powers behind Radhuni have been the head of kitchen and his staff, the front of house team and my mentor, my father,” he commented.
British Curry Awards organisers said the ceremony reached a worldwide viewing and listening audience of more than 400 million this year.
The curry industry encompasses more than 12,000 restaurants and is estimated to be worth £5 billion to the UK economy.
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The Radhuni History
As can be seen, our food is enthused with four generations of love and care. As a result, it has a story to tell. All in all, our story spans over 100 years.
It all started in 1918 with Abdul Monaf Khan
Abdul was born in 1918 along the banks of Bangladesh’s Manu river. In the first place, he benefited from a deeply-rooted understanding of native spices, vegetables and rice. His passion grew from the ground up. Henceforth, he brought that significantly innate understanding of the subcontinent’s fullest flavours to the United Kingdom. Soon after, his son Makkadus Khan, worked his way to Sous chef. Grandson Matin then became a well-known Cambridge maître d’.
After that, their fusion of time-honoured recipes and ingredients was combined with contemporary culinary know-how. As shown above, it was a winning formula. All of a sudden the business took off with the first independent Indian restaurant in St. Albans. It is also evident in the business’s flagship Indian restaurant, Itihaas in Dalkeith near Edinburgh. Now, almost three decades later, Matin extends the family legacy to every customer that walks through the restaurant’s doors.
You may find yourself experiencing Abdul Monaf Khan’s gift of fresh and flavour-packed ingredients. Or taking note of Makkadus’ and Matin’s award-winning knack for friendly service and creative dishes. Whatever your favourite dish may be, you can tell The Radhuni is something more than just another Indian restaurant.
TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence
Accordingly, we have been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 5 years in a row. We have likewise achieved Hall of Fame status! Notwithstanding, this award is only eligible only to the Top 10% of Worldwide restaurants. Regardless, only those that deliver consistently brilliant service and earn great reviews are recognised.
As well as these coveted awards, The Radhuni is also proudly ranked in TripAdvisor’s list of the Top 10 Indian Restaurants in the UK. This is a prestige, normally only expected of Edinburgh Indian restaurants in the city centre.