The annual Scotland Asian Restaurant Awards have been announced at an awards ceremony at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa in Edinburgh.

Hosted by BBC TV news anchor Samantha Simmonds, the Scotland Asian restaurant awards showcased 70 Asian restaurants across Scotland, which were shortlisted through a series of public votes.

These were then narrowed down to just 16 winners, which recognise the best Bangladeshi, Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Malaysian, and Nepalese restaurants and takeaways in the country.

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.”

The awards are organised by the Asian Catering Federation (ACF) which represents the nation’s 30,000 Asian and Oriental restaurants, in partnership with Just Eat.

The winners

Innovative Restaurant of the Year winner

Mother India’s Cafe, Edinburgh

Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year winner

Dishoom, Edinburgh

Japanese Restaurant of the Year winner

Maki & Ramen, Edinburgh

Takeaway of the Year 

St John’s Curry Club, Edinburgh

Curry Pot Indian Takeaway, Dunfermline

Highly Commended: Zain’s Curry House, Dalry

Restaurant of the Year

Ignite, Edinburgh

Itihaas, Dalkeith

Charcoal’s, Glasgow

Multan Tandoori, Paisley

Carron to Mumbai, Aberdeen

Tabla, Perth

Masala Ram’s, Falkirk

The Raj Mahal, Kinross

Panache, Elgin

Highly Commended: Tuk Tuk Indian Street Food, Edinburgh

Highly Commended: Station India, Edinburgh

Chef of the Year

Ajmal Mushtaq (Mushtaq’s), Hamilton

Syed Abdul Hamid (Carron to Mumbai), Aberdeen

Praveen Kumar (Tabla), Perth

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