Scotland’s 15 best Indian restaurants

Scotland’s 15 best Indian restaurants

The two countries might be almost 5,000 miles apart but Scotland has adopted a cultural affinity for Indian food, with the famous chicken tikka masala dish allegedly being invented in Glasgow . There isn’t a shortage of Indian restaurants across Scotland, but here is our pick of the best.
1. Dakhin, Glasgow
89 Candleriggs, Merchant City, 0141 553 2585. Open Monday-Friday, 12pm- 2pm and 5pm-11pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1pm-11pm, www.dakhin.com
Easy to miss upstairs above Bar 91, Dakhin is a real hidden gem amongst some of the better-known Indians in Glasgow. It specialises in South Indian cuisine, with its range of dosas (a thin, crepe-like bread) a particular speciality. It is also believed to be the only Indian restaurant in the UK that can boast a 100% gluten-free menu, making it a stress-free choice for coeliacs.
2. Sid’s Spice, Sutherland
Station Square, Brora, Sutherland, Highlands, 01408 621467. Open every day, 12pm-2pm and 5pm-10pm (Until 11pm on a Friday & Saturday), www.sidspice.com
With a population of just over 1000 people, the rural Sutherland village of Brora isn’t the first place that you would expect to find a sought-after Indian restaurant. But that is exactly what Sid’s Spice offers: with fresh, flavoursome food that is widely admired for its quality. It is a welcome stop for those doing the North Coast 500, offering something a bit different from the many pubs on the route.
3. Kismot Edinburgh
29 St Leonards Street, Edinburgh, 0131 667 0123. Open every day except Tuesday, 4.30pm-11.30pm, www.kismot.co.uk
Know someone who likes to boast about their tolerance of spicy food? If so, take them to Edinburgh’s Kismot restaurant and get them to try the Kismot Killer challenge. Claiming to be the hottest curry on the planet, the Kismot Killer combines five of the world’s hottest chilies in a dish that requires you to sign a legal disclaimer before you eat it. If you do finish the curry then it is yours for free, and if not, then you can boast of your tolerance no more.
4. Tabla Perth
173 South Street, Perth, 01738 444 630. Open Sunday-Wednesday, 5pm-10pm and Thursday- Saturday, 12pm-2pm and 5pm-10pm, www.tablarestaurant.co.uk
Tabla’s co-owner Praveen Kumar has plenty of experience in haute cuisine, having worked at both the Gleneagles and Turnberry Hotels. Alongside his wife Swarna he has brought this wealth of experience to Perth, with the couple’s Tabla restaurant proving popular with diners from far and wide. They pride themselves on creating authentically fresh food, with all the spices used in Tabla being grown in their family’s fields in India.
5. Motherland Spice, Salcoats
16 Bradshaw Street, Saltcoats, Ayrshire, 01294 462 706. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 12pm-2pm and 5pm-10.30pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-3pm and 4.30pm-12am and Sunday, 4pm-10.30pm, www.motherlandspice.com
The no-frills approach at Motherland Spice results in a warm welcome, big portions and plenty of flavour. The Indian/Nepalese restaurant boasts a mammoth list of tandooris, biryanis and kormas that should satisfy even the fussiest of eaters, as well as a special kids menu with a range of both Indian and western dishes.
6. The Dining Room No10, Dumbarton
10 West Bridgend, Dumbarton, 01389 879759. Open every day except Tuesday, 4pm-11pm
The users of TripAdvisor are particularly hard to please, with even great restaurants rarely achieving a full five-star rating on the site. Dining Room No10 has gained just that, with its five star approval rating proving its popularity with the public and the great quality of its food. The Lamb Rogan Josh is a standout among many good dishes, and it proves a relatively cheap night out with a BYOB policy and no corkage charge.
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7. Wild Ginger, Aberdeen
367 Union Street, Aberdeen, 01224 581000. Open every day except Monday, 5pm-11pm, www.wildgingeronline.co.uk
The beautiful interior (and immaculate food presentation) at Wild Ginger makes it the perfect choice for special occasions. Yet it remains very reasonably priced – with a 10% discount on collections – and will leave you feeling like you got good value for money.
8. Mother India’s Café, Glasgow
1355 Argyle Street, Glasgow, 0141 339 9145. Open Sunday-Thursday, 12pm-10pm and Friday- Saturday, 12pm-10.30pm, www.motherindia.co.uk
Any foodie worth their salt should have already paid a visit to the Glasgow institution that is Mother India. The team have successfully turned tapas on its head by replacing Spanish nibbles with Indian food, encouraging diners to try several dishes at the same time. Customers will often queue out of the door for the takeaway or for a table in the café, with their Butter Chicken and Machi Masala proving particularly popular.
9. Eastern Touch, Anstruther
35 Cunzie Street, Anstruther, East Neuk, Fife, 01333 312836. Open every day, 4.30pm-11pm, www.eastern-touch.com
The sleepy fishing village of Anstruther is probably the type of place you would expect to find seafood restaurants and traditional old pubs. But, in fact, the village has a cracker of an Indian restaurant hidden up one of its side streets: offering a plethora of delicious dishes that will suit both meat eaters and vegetarians. And if you like Naan bread, then Eastern Touch offers an absolutely huge one that will comfortably feed a whole family.
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10. Kalpna Edinburgh
2-3 St Patrick Square, Edinburgh, 0131 667 9890. Open every day, 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-10.30pm, www.kalpnarestaurant.com
Indian cuisine is one of the best suited to a vegetarian diet, with many Indians choosing to have meat-free meals. Most restaurants will offer a handful of vegetarian curries, but Kalpna goes one step further, with an exclusively meat-free menu that has a real variety of flavours and style of dishes. And, as an added bonus, several of the curries are also certified vegan.
11. Saffron Indian Restaurant, Inverness
Unit 5, Cradlehall Court, Inverness, 01463 795500. Open every day, 4.30pm-10.30pm
This intimate restaurant only has a few tables, but its small size means that the chefs can really spend time curating each individual dish. The front of house staff also do their bit to make diners feel special, with service that goes the extra mile and complimentary hand towels handed out after the food is served. Poppadoms with onion, relish and a small side salad are also offered free of charge to guests.
12. Daksh Indian Restaurant, Dumfries
55- 57 Queen Street Dumfries, 01387 253876. Open every day except Tuesday, 12pm-2pm and 5pm-10pm, www.dakshindian.co.uk
The team at Daksh pride themselves on the fact that they use no artificial colouring, preservatives or tenderisers in any of their dishes. Instead, the focus is on authentic, home-style ‘Thali’: platters of small dishes that includes a starter, curry, a daal, a naan and some yoghurt. But if you fancy a more westernised meal, then they also have plenty of larger dishes and curries.
13. Jewel in the Crown, Aberdeen
145 Crown Street, Aberdeen, 01224 210288. Open Monday-Saturday, 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-11.30pm and Sunday, 2.30pm-10.30pm, www.thejewelaberdeen.com
The Jewel in the Crown is much loved by Aberdonians, who have been enjoying its family-made dishes for decades. Their curries are freshly cooked, flavoursome and reasonably priced, while the service is consistently faultless. And rather than being an afterthought, their rice is a real standout, with flavours that include mushrooms, garlic and even mince.
14. Wee Curry Shop, Buccleuch Street Glasgow
7 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow, 0141 353 0777. Open Monday-Thursday, 12pm-2pm and 5.30pm-10.30pm, Friday 12pm-11pm, Saturday 12pm-2pm and 5.30pm-10.30pm and Sunday, 5pm-10pm, www.weecurryshop.co.uk
‘Wee’ is no exaggeration: this restaurant really is tiny. Situated in what would have been a shop, it has only a handful of tables and a uniquely intimate atmosphere. The list of dishes on offer is also limited- but each one is exceptional and will not disappoint any fans of Indian food. Bonus points for the great service too.
15. Goa, Broughty Ferry
7 Erskine Lane, Broughty Ferry, Dundee , 01382 770730. Open Monday-Saturday, 5pm-11pm and Sunday, 4pm-11pm
It might be located slightly outside of Dundee, but Goa makes it well worth visiting the quiet suburb of Broughty Ferry. Starters include some delightful tempura prawns and lightly battered pakora, while the extensive choice of mains should have something that appeals to almost all taste buds. It is advisable to pre-book a table, but it is also worthwhile getting there early, as the pre-theatre menu offers three courses for a very reasonable £10.95.

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There is a huge variety of “asian” cuisines ranging from the hot and spicy curries of India, to sushi and sashimi from Japan and everything in between. First lesson – you cannot lump all these cuisines together and call them asian food. Be specific about what you are looking for. Do you want a curry? In which case try an Indian, Bangladashi, Pakistani or Thai restaurant. Korean? Japanese? Indonesian? You can probably find several restaurants from each of these countries in Zürich. Look on the Zürich tourist office website – www.zuerich.com They have a listing of restaurants…
All that said – why not try Swiss, German and Austrian cuisines instead? All very local to each of the three countries and each different from the other.
Edited: 2:38 am, today

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altonzm :
french recipes: if you’re not making this in paris then what’s the point. fuck you
italian recipes: use the left leg meat of a pig from one of three farms in this specific area of tuscany, or from this day my grandmother will begin manifesting physically in your house
american recipes: buy these three cans of stuff and put them in a pan congrats you cooked
chinese recipes, as handed down from mother to child : season it with a pinch of this and some of that. you want to know the exact amount? feel it in your heart. ask the stars. yell into the void.
English recipes: boil and salt it. Okay that’s it enjoy
Greek recipes: You followed all the right steps but this isn’t quite right. I don’t know what to tell you.
Australia recipes: chuck it on the barbie
Latinx recipes: you will never make it better than your abuela, face the facts
Armenian recipes: spend eight days laboring over the stove. the food will be flavorful with the sacrifice of your sanity. no one will appreciate it.
Canadian recipes: It either needs more bacon, more maple syrup, more gravy, or an unholy combination of the three
Polish recipes: you have to toUCH THE DOUGH, FEEL THE PIEROGI IN YOUR HEART, TOUCH IT. LICK IT. SMELL IT.
Every time I see this post, I learn more about how different countries’ cuisines AND neuroses.
Indian recipes: there are 500 cuisines and that means 500 versions of this dish that has 500 spices so gl
ashki jewish recipes: no, no. no. more onion.
internet recipes: here is a heartwarming story about my baby sister’s third birthday that i completely made up, and a copypaste from alton brown.
Irish recipes:

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San Francisco Survival Guide for Geeks — May 2019

Photo by Jared Erondu on Unsplash (日本語下記) My last visit was Apr 2018 for Fintech conference. (Y Combinator interview trip in Dec 2018 was only for 3days) This time we spent 2weeks in SanFrancisco and Bay Area. Here are my tips about how to optimize the life in SF. Still housing crisis and homelessness are big problems. Actually, I could meet much more homeless people than 1year ago. This list can tell you how to spend your tech life better in such an environment. Hotel Cable car hotel in Nob Hill is cheap and good location. Next to Trader’s Joe. Not Cable car court hotel which ended to provide the hotel service. Cheap hotels in Marina and Fillmore area. We need to research more. Chances are cheap motels near Golden Gate Bridge. Marina is peaceful are with Apple Store and good restaurants. These motels are not in the internet, I believe. I need to check Cow Hollow Motor Inn and Startup Basecamp in Marina. Japan Town: Hotel Kabuki is expensive but Kimpton Buchanan Hotel can be reasonable. SOMA: Pickwick Hotel and Hampton Inn by Hilton can be reasonable. Overall, we should cross-search hotel booking sites and check unlisted motels too. Airbnb: Funny thing is we have Airbnb HQ in SF but Airbnb hosts are not active in SF due to the strict law. Cafe and Bar: We can have a coffee and alcohol at luxury hotels after a reasonable price dinner and lunch. Meaning don’s eat at luxury hotels.. We always check Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Mariott and W Hotel in each city in order to have “just one drink with a nice aroma and live music”. In SOMA, we have Park Central hotel with nice lobby cafe and bar. The top bar at Intercontinental in Nob Hill is very nice. Salesforce tower view is fantastic. We should take VIP clients in the future. They have live jazz music. Bay bridge view in Hoel Vitale near Ferry building is fantastic. It is like a hidden nice hotel. Co-Working Space The lobby cafes at above luxury hotels are nice. My favorite is Holiday Inn Golden Gate lobby cafe. The point cafe at Pinterest HQ in SOMA is very nice. $2 for coffee. You can buy Pinterest items. COVO in mission looked nice. WeWork is everywhere and we can buy a global pass with many different plans. Some are not too crowded and recommendable. SF city made lots of “Public Open Spaces” with free tables and some cafe facility like Starbucks and Peet’s coffee. SF city is trying to save “Co-Working refugees” maybe.. Best ones are 101 2nd Street building and Salesforce Tower(= in sub entrance with Starbucks in 5th floor) in Mission We have 9 Blue Bottle cafe in SF. As you know their coffee is very nice. Food LIMON in Mission is very very nice. We loved it. Peruvian food. Nope near Hait Ashbely is very nice and open until midnight. A modern American cuisine. Ippudo Ramen in Union Square is very nice but sometimes crowded. Dosa in Fillmore and Mission are very nice Indian. Maimai cafe in Nob Hill serves very good breakfast Tacolicious near Chinatown and Mission are very nice Mexican food. Bun Mee is nice Vietnamese sandwitch in Fillmore st. Woodhouse is nice seafood restaurant with very good clam chowder in many places. Tsukiji-no-Donmono 築地の丼もの is nice Japanese seafood bowl takeaway in SOMA. Luke’s lobster looks nice in many places. Feeling the future At Tesla showroom in Nob Hill, you can try self-driving in public road if you have US driver license. Or you can ask staff to drive. (If you intend to buy it in future) Autodesk gallery in 1 Market st 2F has very beautiful 3D modeling samples like architecture, automotive, sneakers, animations, apparels etc. SF has 2 or 3 AmazonGo. Lots of tourist are visiting. You can find soooo many sensors in the ceiling. Dropbox in SOMA. If you know someone inside, you can enjoy the best lunch in SF. They hire Micheline star restaurant chefs to make employees happy.. Brand new Apple city in Cupertino is h ge. They have very nice visitor center with gift shop and cafe. Facebook HQ in Menlo Park. You can take a famous up vote sign pic at 1 Hacker way. Buildings are like cute village. If you know insider, you can have lunch. Googleplex in Moutain View. H ge. There are 100 Google buildings in MV and 11 in SF. Intel HQ and museum near San Jose and Cupertino. You can know Mr.Moore in Moore’s law is one of the founders of Intel.. Computer History Museum in Moutain View. Staffs are sooo friendly. I wanted to visit NASA museum next door. Salesforce Tower in SOMA. If you know insider, you can go up to 61st floor and look around Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatlaz etc in 1 view. Just amazing. Lots of Salesforce staffs are having lunch there with great view. E-Scooters : I could not try but I should next time. EXPO Moscone convention center is very big in SOMA. We should keep checking what is happening there even if it is different topic’s EXPO. Lyft vs Uber (Mobility as a Service war) Left car is everywhere in SF. Especially in the SF airport, soooo many people are waiting for Lyft pickup because it is the cheapest. I paid $28–38 from SFO to SF downtown. Back in 2015, I was paying $80 to Uber van…. I will never take BART train.. I talked with every single Lyft driver in this trip. You can hear sooo many interesting stories. Lyft’s commission rate is higher. This is the reason Lyft is so strong in SF. In Boston, Uber was stronger. Interior designer who does 50% Left and 50% designer because designer project is always project based. This totally makes sense. Very rich real estate agent female CEO who does Lyft driver as a hobby. She was so nice.. Many drivers do Lyft and Uber together. One of them does Lyft for 10hours as max and does Uber for extra hours. Another one uses Uber’s leased car for Lyft business.. Uber provides Toyota car for leasing. Now you do not have to buy a car to start driver business. It costs something around $500/mo. After 3–4 years, drivers need to pay double but they don’t have to prepare the cash in advance to buy a car. It makes sense. If Lyft became half price from present cost, people in SF will stop using BART/bus/rental car. That will solve traffic jam problem completely. People do not have to buy a car. Apartment I visited my friend house in Nob Hill with gorgeous view and private library and gyms. He pays only $5000/mo for this mansion. He lives there with wife and 1 kid. This is very reasonable price. When searching, we should not give up after major listing websites. We should keep searching a traditional offline real estate agent too. They have offline listing info. Sometimes offline info wins over online info. It is like a Facebook post info can not be searched by Google. They are two different world. My Lyft driver said finding flatshare mate in Craigslist works. It will cost around $1000–1500/mo when sharing. You can live in downtown SF. Researching by walking around could work better than online search. Don’t trust internet 100%. There is always back door in any business. Is this useful info?

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Great value for money

So we stayed in September 2018 as a young couple as it was much better value for money than staying in the KLCC area. The price was a bargain really and that it was 5* rated. I will say it probably isn’t 5*, but more like 4*, but it’s still a very very good hotel nonetheless and I’ve given it 5 out of 5 because I had no complaints. It is more of a business hotel and rooms are slightly dated for a 5*, but it’s fantastic value for money and great hotel as a base for seeing KL as we wanted to spend our money on excursions and food rather than a fancy hotel. The hotel is huge there must be about 40 floors? Check-in smooth and the lobby is very nice, room was decent and my wife liked the bathroom so that was a good sign! Bed is a super king size so plenty of space. Desk, tv, safe, wardrobe, mini-fridge all there. Everything was clean and we had view of the Petronas tower. We opted for the buffet breakfast and I have read some bad reviews but we both thoroughly enjoyed it – they have egg station, give your order and come back in a few minutes to collect as it does get busy. There is a mix of foreign and local cuisine. I like my eggs, toast, beans, sauted veg. There is also fresh fruits and juices, cold meats, sausages, pastries, cereals, tea/coffee machine. There is enough choice and variety but if you are a picky eater, get in the elavator to the mall and you’ll enter the huge food court within 1 minute on the ground floor which has about 20-25 restaurants where you can get burgers, peri chicken, coffee shops, pizza, chinese – everything. The shopping mall itself is huge and you can spend all day in there if you’re not careful! There is also another food court on the 3rd or 4th floor which has all sorts of food (korean, indian, bbq, malay, chinese, western e.g. pizzas, burgers). We also one day ordered room service as the mall closed at 10pm and we were hungry and it was delicious. There is outdoor pool and also gym which has plethora of machines and freeweights for the weightlifter and lots of cardio machines. there isn’t much nearby besides a few local eateries and a kfc and some souvenir shops and mini-marts. The shopping mall also has a supermarket on the ground floor if you want to buy any food we got fruits, crisps, biscuits, etc to snack on during the day. The main KLCC area is about 10mins in a Grab taxi (Grab is basically the Uber in malaysia and really cheap). We didn’t bother taking the metro as the grab is so cheap and convenient.

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How being a Northerner in London has ruined my life

‘How being a Northerner in London has ruined my life’ James King explains why in seven simple reasons Share News opinion
I’ve just entered my 6th year living in London and although it may seem like I’m having a whale of a time, if you scratch the surface, you will in fact find that being a Northerner in London has completely ruined my life.
Now, I understand that’s a big statement to make, so I’ll take you through my working with seven clear reasons… 1. Any city without a tube system seems pointless
I think it’s fair to say I’m notoriously poor at navigation. If I accidentally stumble into the Hampton Court Palace maze, notify the police immediately.
Enter the London transport system. This system is so good that is has basically made my life too easy. Any location I find myself in, at any time of day or night, I just assume I can get home without too much fuss. When I take that mentality back home and stay out in the town centre until 2am, it puts my life in jeopardy. As I have no phone signal I end up looking at the actual bus timetable that’s printed out on the actual bus stop and find that I’ve just missed that week’s bus.
Damn you London. 2. I can’t enjoy nights out
Back up North I could have a decent night out in the local dance hall with a handful of change found deep in my tracksuit bottoms. That would cover me for a few decent rounds of a boutique European high quality beverage (A.k.a Stella Artois) and I’d still have enough pocket money left for a 35 min taxi home.
Fast forward to London and I’m forced to drink from a wide variety of… well, literally all the alcohols in the world. I spend too much time making a decision and I can’t afford to get too drunk as that craft ale I selected was £6.80, so I go home in a blissful tipsy state rather than an uncontrollable mess like the good old Northern days.
Damn you London. 3. I now have no patience
London is a constantly moving city, so if there is even the slightest hint of a loss in momentum in somebody’s day, there is hell to pay.
It is at the stage where anything over a 5 minute wait for the next train or bus is enough to make the day a complete write-off.
“I have to wait 7 mins for a Central line train?! *shakes head in disbelief*
“The train is being held at a red signal” *throws briefcase at the tube doors and drops to knees*
What Londoners don’t realise is that this behaviour is infectious. In the North, a smile is infectious. In London, huffing and strong exhalation is just as infectious and I’ve unwittingly become one of you.
Damn you London. 4. I am literally always doing something
London’s constant need for movement results in my social life being… well, too social.
This may sound like a really arrogant horrible thing to say, but it’s true.
Because it’s so easy to meet people here, you end up having lots of friendship groups that annoyingly want to remain friends. This leads to the majority of your weeknights having invites for some sort of casual drinks event even on a Monday. The Northern in me is too polite and I accept all these invitations.
I JUST WANT TO SIT ON MY SOFA IN MY DRESSING GOWN AND SLIPPERS WITH A CUP OF TEA. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK?
Sorry, that was uncalled for.
Damn you London. 5. I can’t eat normal food without being bored
London has some of the widest variety of cuisines in the world. If I want to try Ethiopian food, there’s a great restaurant 20 mins away in Highbury & Islington. I want to get some Peruvian ceviche? Oh, there’s about 12 choices in central. It’s just unbelievable what you can eat in this city. How has this ruined my life? I hear you ask.
Well, back in the good old North, I grew up with Indian, Chinese and Italian restaurants as the exotic choice. There was nothing wrong with this at all, but now I get anxiety because I can’t get a good Bolivian stew in less than an hour.
Damn you London. 6. I can’t Deliveroo stuff to my face in the North
When I go home we still have to order things on an actual phone, talking to an actual person and then I have to go and collect it from the restaurant as they don’t deliver that far.
Once you’ve experienced the magic of having a McDonald’s breakfast delivered to your door without having to speak to anyone, nothing else seems adequate. Imagine having to tell someone you want a double sausage McMuffin, pancakes and syrup and 5 hash browns and then looking them directly in the eye as you collect it at the drive-thru alone in your car.
Damn you London. 7. FOMO – The very real fear of missing out
Now that I’ve had five years of seeing what London has to offer, any time spent away from the big smoke makes me feel like I’m missing out on something. Was there a street party? Was there an impromptu march through the heart of the city? I don’t know because I was looking at some cows in a field.
The real question now is will I ever be able to leave and be happy? Has anyone reading this article managed to leave successfully? Please let me know how you did it in the comments. Like us on Facebook

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amitabh kant: Food services industry to play critical role in India’s growth: Kant, Retail News, ET Retail

New Delhi: The food services and restaurant industry will play a critical role in pushing India’s economic growth, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said Thursday. Kant also pointed out that the restaurant industry is the third largest after retail and insurance in the services sector.
“If India was to grow from 7.5 per cent to 9-10 per cent, the restaurant industry will be very critical drivers of growth story…Food services industry will be main drivers of India’s growth,” he said at an event organised by the National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI).
Kant also said there will be a huge food revolution in India and it will be driven by Indian entrepreneurs and chefs.
Noting that restaurants are great wealth and job creators, he said, “Digital technology has played great role in expansion of restaurant industry.”
Indian soft power will be driven by Indian restaurants and chefs, Kant said, adding that Indian regional cuisines will make a major impact on global market in the days to come.
Kant also pointed out that Indian regional cuisines are still waiting to be promoted and marketed, and expressed hope that young entrepreneurs will make a significant impact on the food industry. BKS ABM Food Services , amitabh kant , restaurants , National Restaurant Association , global market , food service

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A healthy sip

Tea has been linked to an array of health benefits Image Credit: Shutterstock Tea has been an integral part of cultures from all over the world. In the Middle East, tea is a symbol of hospitality, bringing people together, while the good, old-fashioned high tea has been part of the British food scene for centuries.
Besides, being a cultural marker, the beverage has also been linked to an array of health benefits, such as improved cognitive power and immunity and reduced stress levels, blood pressure and cholesterol.
Tea contains high levels of polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. – Dr Dana Al Shaka’a, clinical dietician at American Hospital, Dubai “Tea contains high levels of polyphenols, which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties,” says Dr Dana Al Shaka’a, clinical dietician at American Hospital, Dubai.
Teas of all kinds can slow down the process of ageing and help cells regenerate and repair, points out Zenia Menon, nutritionist at Dubai Herbal and Treatment Centre (DHTC). “Tea also helps to lower the levels of stress hormone, cortisol, easing irritability, headaches, insomnia and tension. Since tea contains less caffeine than coffee, it also helps create a calm but active state of mind.”
During Ramadan, have tea during iftar and suhour to rehydrate and enjoy its health benefits. However, too much of tea can lead to adverse effects.
Tea also helps to lower the levels of stress hormone, cortisol, easing irritability, headaches, insomnia and tension. – Zenia Menon, nutritionist at Dubai Herbal and Treatment Centre (DHTC) For a healthy Ramadan “The caffeine level in a particular tea depends on the brew. Limit your intake of tea to 2-3 cups a day during Ramadan, as excess caffeine leads to dehydration” warns Dr Al Shaka’a. “Have white or green tea, as these are less fermented and contain lower amounts of caffeine.”
Menon recommends drinking green tea, chamomile tea, fennel tea or ginger tea during iftar and suhour. “Chamomile tea has relaxing properties, which aids in sleep, and fennel and ginger tea can help reduce bloating and aid in digestion after meals,” she explains.
Tea for weight loss Green tea is known for its weight-loss properties. “While it can increase metabolism and improve insulin levels due to the flavonoid catechin, it must be taken in combination with a diet plan for greater weight loss effects,” Menon explains.
“The effects of green tea are likely to be small in comparison with other weight loss methods such as exercise and diet. People who are eating a balanced meal for iftar and suhour can incorporate green tea into their diet, as long as they don’t overindulge in it.”
3 tea spots to try Tea Way Located in Jumeirah 2 on the main road, Tea Way is known for serving some of the best karak chais in town.The strong flavours of cardamom, ginger, and cinnamon dominate this popular beverage.
Karak House Occupying a prime spot in the Downtown area in Dubai, this restaurant offers a variety of Arabic-Indian fusion cuisine along with its signature drink, homegrown Emirati-style karak chai.
Chai Street This is a quaint spot in Sharjah’s Al Majaz area with a menu featuring a variety of teas including ginger and saffron along with a variety of burgers, sandwiches and desserts.
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Scotland’s 15 best Indian restaurants

The two countries might be almost 5,000 miles apart but Scotland has adopted a cultural affinity for Indian food, with the famous chicken tikka masala dish allegedly being invented in Glasgow . There isn’t a shortage of Indian restaurants across Scotland, but here is our pick of the best.
1. Dakhin, Glasgow
89 Candleriggs, Merchant City, 0141 553 2585. Open Monday-Friday, 12pm- 2pm and 5pm-11pm, and Saturday and Sunday 1pm-11pm, www.dakhin.com
Easy to miss upstairs above Bar 91, Dakhin is a real hidden gem amongst some of the better-known Indians in Glasgow. It specialises in South Indian cuisine, with its range of dosas (a thin, crepe-like bread) a particular speciality. It is also believed to be the only Indian restaurant in the UK that can boast a 100% gluten-free menu, making it a stress-free choice for coeliacs.
2. Sid’s Spice, Sutherland
Station Square, Brora, Sutherland, Highlands, 01408 621467. Open every day, 12pm-2pm and 5pm-10pm (Until 11pm on a Friday & Saturday), www.sidspice.com
With a population of just over 1000 people, the rural Sutherland village of Brora isn’t the first place that you would expect to find a sought-after Indian restaurant. But that is exactly what Sid’s Spice offers: with fresh, flavoursome food that is widely admired for its quality. It is a welcome stop for those doing the North Coast 500, offering something a bit different from the many pubs on the route.
3. Kismot Edinburgh
29 St Leonards Street, Edinburgh, 0131 667 0123. Open every day except Tuesday, 4.30pm-11.30pm, www.kismot.co.uk
Know someone who likes to boast about their tolerance of spicy food? If so, take them to Edinburgh’s Kismot restaurant and get them to try the Kismot Killer challenge. Claiming to be the hottest curry on the planet, the Kismot Killer combines five of the world’s hottest chilies in a dish that requires you to sign a legal disclaimer before you eat it. If you do finish the curry then it is yours for free, and if not, then you can boast of your tolerance no more.
4. Tabla Perth
173 South Street, Perth, 01738 444 630. Open Sunday-Wednesday, 5pm-10pm and Thursday- Saturday, 12pm-2pm and 5pm-10pm, www.tablarestaurant.co.uk
Tabla’s co-owner Praveen Kumar has plenty of experience in haute cuisine, having worked at both the Gleneagles and Turnberry Hotels. Alongside his wife Swarna he has brought this wealth of experience to Perth, with the couple’s Tabla restaurant proving popular with diners from far and wide. They pride themselves on creating authentically fresh food, with all the spices used in Tabla being grown in their family’s fields in India.
5. Motherland Spice, Salcoats
16 Bradshaw Street, Saltcoats, Ayrshire, 01294 462 706. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 12pm-2pm and 5pm-10.30pm, Friday-Saturday 12pm-3pm and 4.30pm-12am and Sunday, 4pm-10.30pm, www.motherlandspice.com
The no-frills approach at Motherland Spice results in a warm welcome, big portions and plenty of flavour. The Indian/Nepalese restaurant boasts a mammoth list of tandooris, biryanis and kormas that should satisfy even the fussiest of eaters, as well as a special kids menu with a range of both Indian and western dishes.
6. The Dining Room No10, Dumbarton
10 West Bridgend, Dumbarton, 01389 879759. Open every day except Tuesday, 4pm-11pm
The users of TripAdvisor are particularly hard to please, with even great restaurants rarely achieving a full five-star rating on the site. Dining Room No10 has gained just that, with its five star approval rating proving its popularity with the public and the great quality of its food. The Lamb Rogan Josh is a standout among many good dishes, and it proves a relatively cheap night out with a BYOB policy and no corkage charge.
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7. Wild Ginger, Aberdeen
367 Union Street, Aberdeen, 01224 581000. Open every day except Monday, 5pm-11pm, www.wildgingeronline.co.uk
The beautiful interior (and immaculate food presentation) at Wild Ginger makes it the perfect choice for special occasions. Yet it remains very reasonably priced – with a 10% discount on collections – and will leave you feeling like you got good value for money.
8. Mother India’s Café, Glasgow
1355 Argyle Street, Glasgow, 0141 339 9145. Open Sunday-Thursday, 12pm-10pm and Friday- Saturday, 12pm-10.30pm, www.motherindia.co.uk
Any foodie worth their salt should have already paid a visit to the Glasgow institution that is Mother India. The team have successfully turned tapas on its head by replacing Spanish nibbles with Indian food, encouraging diners to try several dishes at the same time. Customers will often queue out of the door for the takeaway or for a table in the café, with their Butter Chicken and Machi Masala proving particularly popular.
9. Eastern Touch, Anstruther
35 Cunzie Street, Anstruther, East Neuk, Fife, 01333 312836. Open every day, 4.30pm-11pm, www.eastern-touch.com
The sleepy fishing village of Anstruther is probably the type of place you would expect to find seafood restaurants and traditional old pubs. But, in fact, the village has a cracker of an Indian restaurant hidden up one of its side streets: offering a plethora of delicious dishes that will suit both meat eaters and vegetarians. And if you like Naan bread, then Eastern Touch offers an absolutely huge one that will comfortably feed a whole family.
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10. Kalpna Edinburgh
2-3 St Patrick Square, Edinburgh, 0131 667 9890. Open every day, 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-10.30pm, www.kalpnarestaurant.com
Indian cuisine is one of the best suited to a vegetarian diet, with many Indians choosing to have meat-free meals. Most restaurants will offer a handful of vegetarian curries, but Kalpna goes one step further, with an exclusively meat-free menu that has a real variety of flavours and style of dishes. And, as an added bonus, several of the curries are also certified vegan.
11. Saffron Indian Restaurant, Inverness
Unit 5, Cradlehall Court, Inverness, 01463 795500. Open every day, 4.30pm-10.30pm
This intimate restaurant only has a few tables, but its small size means that the chefs can really spend time curating each individual dish. The front of house staff also do their bit to make diners feel special, with service that goes the extra mile and complimentary hand towels handed out after the food is served. Poppadoms with onion, relish and a small side salad are also offered free of charge to guests.
12. Daksh Indian Restaurant, Dumfries
55- 57 Queen Street Dumfries, 01387 253876. Open every day except Tuesday, 12pm-2pm and 5pm-10pm, www.dakshindian.co.uk
The team at Daksh pride themselves on the fact that they use no artificial colouring, preservatives or tenderisers in any of their dishes. Instead, the focus is on authentic, home-style ‘Thali’: platters of small dishes that includes a starter, curry, a daal, a naan and some yoghurt. But if you fancy a more westernised meal, then they also have plenty of larger dishes and curries.
13. Jewel in the Crown, Aberdeen
145 Crown Street, Aberdeen, 01224 210288. Open Monday-Saturday, 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-11.30pm and Sunday, 2.30pm-10.30pm, www.thejewelaberdeen.com
The Jewel in the Crown is much loved by Aberdonians, who have been enjoying its family-made dishes for decades. Their curries are freshly cooked, flavoursome and reasonably priced, while the service is consistently faultless. And rather than being an afterthought, their rice is a real standout, with flavours that include mushrooms, garlic and even mince.
14. Wee Curry Shop, Buccleuch Street Glasgow
7 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow, 0141 353 0777. Open Monday-Thursday, 12pm-2pm and 5.30pm-10.30pm, Friday 12pm-11pm, Saturday 12pm-2pm and 5.30pm-10.30pm and Sunday, 5pm-10pm, www.weecurryshop.co.uk
‘Wee’ is no exaggeration: this restaurant really is tiny. Situated in what would have been a shop, it has only a handful of tables and a uniquely intimate atmosphere. The list of dishes on offer is also limited- but each one is exceptional and will not disappoint any fans of Indian food. Bonus points for the great service too.
15. Goa, Broughty Ferry
7 Erskine Lane, Broughty Ferry, Dundee , 01382 770730. Open Monday-Saturday, 5pm-11pm and Sunday, 4pm-11pm
It might be located slightly outside of Dundee, but Goa makes it well worth visiting the quiet suburb of Broughty Ferry. Starters include some delightful tempura prawns and lightly battered pakora, while the extensive choice of mains should have something that appeals to almost all taste buds. It is advisable to pre-book a table, but it is also worthwhile getting there early, as the pre-theatre menu offers three courses for a very reasonable £10.95.

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India Tour Packages by Theme

India is one of world’s favored travel destinations. The country is blessed with diverse sceneries, cultures, rich heritage, varied food and amazing experiences. Experience a merge of old and new, relaxation and adventure, or anything you wish for. You can explore India with tour packages available in classifications of themes, duration, destination and interest.
** Golden Triangle Tour India ** Golden Triangle Tours are a classic introduction to India especially for the first time visitors on holidays in India. If you’ve never been to the subcontinent before, start here for it could not get any more better and enriching cultural experience than a golden triangle holiday package. We offer 100% tailor-made tour itineraries with good prices from luxury to budget Golden Triangle Tours India tourpackages . With 10+ years in travel industry, we can always deliver a memorable experience around your needs and budgets. Let’s discover the incredible land of India now!
** India Honeymoon Tours ** Honeymoon Tour Packages in India by TIT will prove to be the perfect catalyst in igniting sparks. Available for all major tourist destinations across India, honeymoon tours provide the quintessential break you need after the maddening shenanigans of a wedding. and include Rajasthan , Kashmir , Goa, Kerala, Andaman and North-east states of India.
** India Wildlife Tours ** India is one of the most popular destinations for wildlifesafaris in the world. From north to south, west to east there are several wild life sanctuaries to visit here. You will be surprised to know that there are almost 500 wild life sanctuaries, safaris and wildlife parks scattered all over the country. Our Wildlife Tours will take you to Indian National Parks in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh , the “tiger state”. It begins in Pench Tiger Reserve where tiger sightings are excellent, aided by tracking and riding elephants and continues to Kanha, Bandhavgarh and Panna. These four tiger reserves all fall neatly into a “tiger trail”, which represents some of the finest tiger habitat in India. Kanha and Bandhavgarh need little introduction and are amongst the best places to see tigers anywhere. Pench, which is en route to Kanha and has only recently been developed for tourism, is original Jungle Book country where Mowgli hunted with the Seoni Wolf Pack and is famous for the richness and diversity of its wildlife which includes tiger, leopard, wolf, hyena, wild dog, gaur, sambar, nilgai, chital, barking deer, chowsingha, wild boar, etc. Tiger sightings are excellent aided by tracking and riding elephants. You can add Kaziranga for Rhinos, Bharatpur for Birding and Many more.
** India Adventure Tours ** Adventure activities then India is a perfect destination for you, that offers superb prospects for adventure tourism . For the same reason, in the past few years, India has become quite famous as an adventure travel destination, all across the world. We are specialized in tailor – made high quality of itineraries like trekking, expeditions, skiing, rafting, culturaltour , tribal tours, motorbike tours, camel / jeep safari , cycling tours, camping tours as well as wildlife in various parts of in India. Our theme is to provide excellent and non-compromise services to valuable clients. At the same time we design our tours in such a manner that they are environmentally and culturally sensitive, while contributing to local economies with eco-friendly. Our philosophy is: – The Quality of Service with a Personal Touch.
** Solo women India Tours ** Women searching the ultimate liberation may discover it in exploring the tourist destinations of India on their own. Women Specialpackages . Whether you’re searching for a luxury Women Special package to unwind and enjoy, special holidays with loved ones, a trek to your most loved chillout spot or another tourist destination, Welgrow travels brings to you the best of Women Special tours. Remember your life again and add a little zest to it with energizing holidays. Our women special luxury tours are suitable for women of all ages, from single women in their 30s to women who have invested years bringing up children, dealing with their home or building a fruitful vocation. We travel in little groups with similar lifestyle women, and our services are specially composed and customized for female travelers.
** India Shopping Tours ** India Shopping Tours is the time when we begin our tour to explore the India. This is the time when we explore the markets of Rajasthan and you will be glad to know that this place is a shopper’s paradise. You can always look for textiles, jewellery, saris, marble articles, wood, stone ornaments, articles made from lacdana, clay, metal and leather. There are other articles such as colorful carpets and kota doria mats.
** Indian Wedding Tour Packages ** Indian Wedding Tour Packages is becoming popular as more and more foreigners are taking interest in the grand wedding functions held in India. These traditions and rituals of India reflect the rich cultural heritage of the country. The wedding tourism in India is gaining popularity due to the distinctive celebrations and religious ceremonies that are held in the course of a wedding. Marriages in India are not just coming together of two individuals and exchange of vows and rings, but it marks the bonding of two souls, two families, their culture and their communities. According to the Hindu, philosophy marriage is not just a process of coming together of the individuals but it is a holy bond and a commitment which lasts a lifetime. Thetraditional Indian wedding ceremony is a very complex one with an abundance of rituals. The shades of a marriage ceremony varied greatly due to factors like region and language. The modern couples often makeup custom weddings and thus highlight the meaningful and special traditions of their Indian heritage.In a Hindu wedding, the main day function involves a compilation of various rituals, which are performed by the bride, bridegroom and their parents and close relatives. The Brahmin or priest in the presence of the family members and relatives provides directions and guidance to those partaking in the rituals.The day that you get married should be a day that you remember for the rest of your life. From the hymns and verses about marriage in the Vedas, we learn that mature individuals were considered ready for marriage after puberty. In subsequent times, however, brides were married even in childhood, perhaps due to a series of foreign invasions in North India.
** Rajasthan Tour Packages ** Rajasthan Tour Packages are arguably the most sought after holiday packages in India. The very name Rajasthan conjures up the image of hill top fortresses, maharajas with scimitars riding the painted elephants, the exquisitely carved havelis and the royal hunting grounds. Jaipur to the city of lakes Udaipur with its floating palaces and from the camel safari in the Sam sand dunes of Thar in Jaisalmer and Bikaner to the abundant wildlife of Ranthambore and Bharatpur, these tastefully crafted Rajasthan holiday packages are your ticket to a bygone era of elegance pomp and romance.
** First Timer India Tours ** First Timer India Tours are specifically handcrafted tourpackages for first-time travelers to India . If you are planning to visit India first time that it is a huge because of its diverse geography, varied culture and different climates. the First timer coming to India. First timers to India are not much aware of the popular packages in India which can fulfil their dream of having special days in India. India is full of culture, Heritage and religious activities. Mostly people love to see the real India and feel the culture and traditions of India.
** India Luxury Tour Packages ** India Luxury Tours to India is one of the most sought after travel segment. India has emerged as a fast-growing luxury destination on the world map from the past few years. The variety that India has to offer in its landscape, culture, traditions, cuisine and in many other things, is rarely found in any other part of the world. the luxury tour packages are planned keeping in mind the taste and needs of the tourists. The trip is a meticulous work that incorporates all the major Indian attractions. Under these packages guests get to explore traditional fairs, forts, beaches, colorful festivals, ancient temples and the cruises etc.
** Family Tour Packages in India ** Family Tour Packages in India offer an assortment of attractions and cultural experiences that match the travel requirements of every family member. You can find Tour packages for numerous states and destinations in the following list. You can also customize the package to your taste to design it to suite your entire family.
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