JUDGES have identified the best restaurants in Scotland in the coveted UK Curry Oscars.

The shortlist of seven for the 'Best Restaurant Scotland' award at the British Curry Awards includes two from Glasgow, two from Edinburgh, and one each from Aberdeen, Midlothian and Elgin.

It was Radhuni in Loanhead, Midlothian that was named the best in Scotland the last time the award was given in 2019.

The restaurant was praised by the Prime Minister Boris Johnston last year after also receiving a British Curry ‘Oscar’ for outstanding service in the industry during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The judges of the British Curry Awards said the Bangladeshi-Indian eaterie “has shown great initiative and community spirit”.

Among its contributions was serving £10,000 worth of free meals to NHS and emergency workers and care home staff.

And the Radhuni remains in the running for this year's best Scottish curry house award in the 17th annual British curry Awards.

The finest curry restaurateurs from across the UK will descend on London next month in the hope of being recognised as the best restaurant in their region and honoured with a jewel in the crown of the UK curry restaurant industry award sector at a prestigious ceremony on November 29 at Battersea Park Evolution.

The others in the 'best of' Scotand are The Madras Cafe in Howard Street, Glasgow; Charcoals in Trongate, Glasgow; Dishoom, at St Andrew Square, Edinburgh; Light of Bengal at Rose Street, Aberdeen; Spice Tandoori at Moss Street, Elgin and Shezan Indian Restaurant in Union Place, Edinburgh.

Prana Indian Grill in St Johns Road, Edinburgh is also shortlisted for Best UK Newcomer Award.

Last year’s ceremony, which was live streamed due to pandemic restrictions, was attended virtually by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan; Love Island contestants, Amy Hart, Nas Majeed and Eva Zapico; TOWIE star, Jess Wright; and model and TV personality, Caprice among others.

Scots TV comedian and impressionist, Rory Bremner, hosted the virtual event, which was live streamed to audiences globally.

British Curry Awards founder, Enam Ali, is the UK’s leading spokesperson for the curry industry who has been promoting it globally for the past 45 years said: “It gives me great joy that, after the challenges of the last 18 months, my industry friends in the UK curry fraternity and public figures will unite once again in person at the home of the British Curry Awards – Battersea Evolution – to celebrate the nation’s favourite curry houses while also recognising the issues we, as an industry and as a nation, have faced during the pandemic.

"Testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of the cross-generational migrant community that comprises the UK’s curry industry, we have come back ever more determined to serve curry lovers up and down the country, continuing to take on all challenges head on and ensure the industry continues to thrive once again. At the same time, we will pay tribute to our industry colleagues that we have sadly lost to Covid. Their presence is deeply missed among us.”