An Indian restaurant in Dalkeith is celebrating after it was awarded AAA status by Food and Excellence London, and is keen for more success.
Bombay Lounge on Dalkeith High Street received the award after a surprise visit from the organisation in the busy run-up to Christmas. Despite this recognition, owner Michael Singh isn’t resting on his laurels, and is targeting more success this year.
He said: “There are not a lot of restaurants that have got this, it’s a big deal. I’m really chuffed.
“The judges come up from London and sample the food and atmosphere then they put you on a guide for people coming to Scotland. We passed the criteria and got the rating.
“It’s a good accolade to get and great for Dalkeith and our loyal customers.
“So this is the first of many awards that we are going for this year. It’s important for the business and the team. We have got this, now we want to go for this, and then this.”
Michael attributes his restaurant’s success to his staff.
He said: “We are a small restaurant in a small town, but we have competed with the big boys from the big cities. We meet these big restaurants at awards ceremonies and we have had them come to see us and what we do.
“It’s a big team effort. Everyone puts 100 per cent into it. We have a strong team here.
“We have really passionate people on board with us. It’s like a big family. I don’t have to tell them to do stuff, they just get on with it.”
Michael was especially pleased to get this latest recognition following a visit from the judges during the restaurant’s busiest time of the year. He said:“We never knew anything about it. It was during the Christmas period. A very busy time for us. We had 155 diners in on Christmas Day.
“They were in I think on December 15, which was still very busy for us. We were busy from November right through to even now.
“We had 100 diners in on Valentine’s Day. We had a magician in which was really good. Next is Mother’s Day, then Easter, then Father’s Day. We have a programme for the year and everything is thoroughly planned out. For Valentine’s we dipped the lighting, put candles on and played romantic music. It was a really nice atmosphere.”