Which Scottish restaurants are shortlisted for the 'Curry Oscars'?

The UK's top curry restaurants will come together this month at an event once dubbed the Curry Oscars.

Restaurants in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and the Highlands in running for top spots at British Curry Awards iStock

Twelve Scottish restaurateurs will battle it out for the coveted top spot at the nation’s top curry awards.

The UK’s favourite curry houses will come together on Monday November 28 for the annual British Curry Awards – once dubbed the Curry Oscars by former Prime Minister David Cameron.

The event, held in London, honours the nation’s favourite curry houses as voted for by the British public, and this year 12 Scottish sites are in the running.

Shortlisted for the Best Restaurant Scotland category are Glasgow’s Charcoals Indian Restaurant, Madras Cafe, Swadish, Obsession of India, and Mowgli Street Food.

Edinburgh’s Dishoom and Chennai’s Marina are also in the running alongside Karma Indian Restaurant in Whitburn, Radhuni in Loanhead, Light of Bengal in Aberdeen, and Carron to Mumbai from Stonehaven.

Additionally shortlisted for Best Takeaway Award is Elgin’s Spice Tandoori.

The ceremony, now in its 18th year, will take place at Evolution London, Battersea Park and will welcome the UK’s leading curry restaurateurs alongside prominent personalities from the worlds of showbiz, entertainment, sports and politics. 

This year’s award ceremony will pay tribute to the event’s founder the late Enam Ali MBE, who worked to promote the curry industry globally for 45 years.

The 2022 event also marks the introduction of the Diners Choice Award – a new category that will reward curry establishments who engage their customers through social media. 

Any nominated establishment in Britain will have a chance to win the award if they receive the highest number of live, public votes on the night.

Jeffrey Ali, director of the British Curry Awards said: “The British Curry Awards 2022 marks the first year without our founder, the late Enam Ali MBE. For decades, he tirelessly dedicated his life towards promoting and championing the UK Curry Industry, cementing The British Curry Awards as an ‘institution’. As the natural custodian of this revered brand, we proudly strive forward with our responsibility to continue his legacy, ensuring The British Curry Awards remain the platform to inspire future generations to push the boundaries and innovate Britain’s favourite cuisine. 

“Whilst the international community, especially the UK, faces a continued onslaught of economic uncertainty and political instability, we take solace from the general public who continue to support local businesses such as their local curry restaurants.

“As a consumer forward award platform, our goal is to promote the best in Britain, bringing real value to our nation’s customers. We have received tens of thousands of nominations this year and look forward to announcing the results of our months-long judging process and live vote due to be held at the biggest and most anticipated ceremony on the hospitality calendar.”

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