Scottish Curry Awards 2013

The results are in!  The sixth annual Scottish Curry Awards, held at Glasgow’s Thistle Hotel on Tuesday 11th June, played host to takeaway owners and restaurateurs from all over Scotland to celebrate their mutual love of curry.  The sell-out event accumulated 8,000 nominations across 14 categories, and raised £4,000 for charity. So, who came out top?

  • Curry Lover of the Year – Sandy Wilkie
  • Team of the Year – Killermont Polo Club (Glasgow)
  • Healthy Food Provider – Punjabi Tadka (East Kilbride)
  • Best Marketing Campaign – Kismot (Edinburgh)
  • Best Restaurant Design – Akbar’s (Glasgow)
  • Recognition for Creative Menu – Akbar’s (Glasgow)
  • Maitre D’ of the Year – Muhammad Sultan of Charcoals (Glasgow)
  • Chef of the Year – Purvaiz Mohammed of Heera Restaurant (Glasgow)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Satty & Bobby Singh of Mister Singh’s India (Glasgow)
  • Curry King or Queen 2013 – Jiggy Majhu
  • The Best of Glasgow – Mother India’s Café
  • The Best of Edinburgh – Mithas
  • North East Takeaway of the Year  – Qismat (Aberdeen)
  • North West Takeaway of the Year – Kebabish Curry House (Oban)
  • South East Takeaway of the Year – Eastern Spices (Edinburgh)
  • South West Takeaway of the Year – Café India (Glasgow)
  • Takeaway of the Year Overall Winner – Qismat (Aberdeen)
  • North East Restaurant of the Year – Cinnamon Restaurant (Aberdeen)
  • North West Restaurant of the Year – Spice Tandoori (Fort William)
  • South East Restaurant of the Year – Prince of India (Peebles)
  • South West Restaurant of the Year  Rasoi Indian Restaurant and Deli (Lenzie)
  • Restaurant of the Year Overall Winner – Mithas (Edinburgh)

More and more it seems that we’re seeing only the slickest, most modern curry houses come out on top at these kinds of awards ceremonies, with the focus very much on large cosmopolitan cities.  But what about those little known but delicious takeaways always stumbled upon quite by accident?  And surely there’s got to be a few hidden gems out in the Outer Hebrides?  A glossy exterior doesn’t always guarantee the greatest food, and often the most delicious cuisine comes from places you wouldn’t expect.  We’d like to see smaller, less flashy curry houses represented at next years Scottish Curry Awards – we’d be interested to see what little known or less stylish restaurants could be unearthed.

What’s your go-to curry house?  Do you prefer the glossy award winners or do you have an obscure favourite hidden away on the back streets?  Leave us a comment telling us which local Indian restaurant or takeaway you’d like to see given more recognition or let us know on our Facebook page or Twitter feed.   Maybe we’ll review it some time!


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