The winners of the first ever Scottish Asian Food Awards have been revealed at a glittering awards ceremony in Glasgow. 

The event, which was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Monday 19th November in Glasgow, saw the top chefs and restaurateurs of the Asian food sector in Scotland descend upon the city.

Paisley (Multan Tandoori) and Helensburgh (Annaya’s Indian) were the big winners when it came to Indian cuisine, while Aberdeen’s Yorokobi by CJ  took home the best Japanese award.

Inverurie’s Asian Kitchen won the best Chinese award, Vinyasa in the capital was crowned Bangladeshi Restaurant of the Year.

Turban Tandoori in Glasgow were awarded the special Oceanic Consulting Recognition Award.

The annual awards event aims to recognise and reward the hard work, determination and dedication of those restaurants, takeaways and other food establishments working hard to service the Asian food industry, promote Asian cuisine and connect communities through food and culture.

The awards celebrated the achievements of these businesses and individuals and commemorated the difference they make to Scotland’s culture and economy.

Run by Oceanic Consulting – a leading ethnic consulting and promotions organisation – the awards are part of a programme that also includes the British Indian Awards, the Curry Awards, and the British Muslim Awards.

Irfan Younis, CEO of Oceanic Consulting said: “We would like to congratulate all of the winners and finalists of the first ever Scottish Asian Food Awards 2018. The evening was a huge success, particularly given the fact that this was the first award of its kind in Scotland.

“We are keen to carry the momentum on from tonight, to future awards ceremonies celebrating Asian food in Scotland.”

The winners of the first Scottish Asian Food Awards:

5 Star Indian Restaurant of the Year

Overall Winner: Annaya’s Indian (Helensburgh)

North Scotland: Carron to Mumbai (Stonehaven)

Central Scotland: Basil Indian Restaurant (Dunfermline)

South West: Annaya’s Indian (Helensburgh)

South East: Bay leaf (Pumpherston)

Outstanding Indian Restaurant of the Year

Overall Winner: Multan Tandoori (Paisley)

North Scotland: Shahi Darbar (Inverurie)

Central Scotland: Rishis Indian Aroma (Dundee)

South West: Multan Tandoori (Paisley)

South East: Bombay Lounge (Dalkeith)

Japanese Restaurant of the Year

Overall Winner: Yorokobi by CJ (Aberdeen)

winners of the first Scottish Asian Food Awards

Picture: TripAdvisor

North Scotland: Yorokobi by CJ (Aberdeen)

Central Scotland: Koku Shi (Kirkcaldy)

South West: Wudon (Glasgow)

South East: Maki Ramen (Edinburgh)

Chinese Restaurant of the Year

Overall Winner: Asian Kitchen (Inverurie)

North Scotland: Asian Kitchen (Inverurie)

Central Scotland: The Regent (Stirling)

South West: Lychee Oriental (Glasgow)

South East: Karens Unicorn (Edinburgh)

Bangladeshi Restaurant of the Year

Overall Winner: Vinyasa (Edinburgh)

North Scotland: Darjeeling Bangladeshi Restaurant (Dunkled)

Central Scotland: Maisha Indian & Seafood Restaurant (Fife)

South Scotland: Vinyasa (Edinburgh)

5 Star Indian Takeaway of the Year

Overall Winner: Zain’s Curry House (North Ayrshire)

North Scotland: 5 in 1 (Montrose)

Central Scotland: The Aladdins Indian Takeaway (Perth)

South West: Zain’s Curry House (North Ayrshire)

South East: Slumdog Delivered (Edinburgh)

Takeaway & Home Delivery of the Year

Overall Winner: CombiniCo (St Andrews)

North Scotland: Real Tandoori (Elgin)

Central Scotland: CombiniCo(St Andrews)

South West: Viking Café (North Ayrshire)

South East: Maki Ramen (Edinburgh)

Nepalese Restaurant of the Year

The Khukuri (Edbinurgh)

Thai Restaurant of the Year

Chaophraya & Palm Sugar Lounge (Glasgow)

Picture: TripAdvisor

Malaysian Restaurant of the Year

Selera Malaysia Bistro (Aberdeen)

Korean Restaurant of the Year

Sodaeng (Edinburgh)

Asian Fusion Restaurant of the Year

Café Presko (Edinburgh)

South Indian Restaurant of the Year

Kama Sutra (Glasgow)

Pakistani Restaurant of the Year

Village Curry House (Glasgow)

Unique Asian Restaurant of the Year

Namak Mandi (Glasgow)

Middle Eastern Restaurant of the Year

Al Sultan (Glasgow)

Turkish Restaurant of the Year

Ada Restaurant (Edinburgh)

Picture: TSPL

Cantonese Restaurant of the Year

The Regent (Stirling)

Oceanic Consulting Recognition Award

Turban Tandoori (Glasgow)

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