Indian favourite near Glasgow crowned New Restaurant Of The Year at Scottish Curry Awards

The Malletsheugh recently reopened in Newton Mearns
The Malletsheugh recently reopened in Newton Mearns -Credit:Sean Murphy

The team behind a top restaurant close to Glasgow were left delighted last night (Monday, April 15) after being named the New Restaurant of The Year at a top awards event.

The Malletshuegh in Newton Mearns, which was reopened last summer by new owners the Birk family, scooped the prize at the 16th annual Scottish Curry Awards in Glasgow.

Renowned for exceptional Indian food – but also offering a full Scottish menu to showcase the dual sides of the family’s heritage – went viral last month following a visit from American star Kalani Ghost Hunter who raved about their dishes in a video which reached over 1 million views on TikTok.

Bobby and Aman Birk collect the award for the Malletsheugh at the Scottish Curry Awards
Bobby and Aman Birk collect the award for the Malletsheugh -Credit:Contributed

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Now, they've been named the Best Newcomer to Scotland’s thriving curry scene, just seven months after opening, with delighted mum and boss Tina Birk stating: “We are thrilled by this latest honour and the most touching part of it is the organisers said we had a HUGE number of nominations from the public.

“Thank you so much – I honestly cannot tell you how much it means to us to win such an honour in our first year.

“In such a short time, we have built an incredible number of loyal supporters who really understand what we are doing – we wanted to be a community hub and welcome diners into our family.

“People have really embraced that and I think it’s what keeps them coming back…as well as the food of course.”

The restaurant recently created a new glass-walled private dining room - and they are now renovating the back area of the building too.

General manager Bobby said: “We work so hard to deliver exceptional service and food, we all pour our heart and soul into what we do – it’s not a job, we live for this.

“The Malletsheugh is a dream we have had for as long as I can remember. Thank you to the people of Glasgow and Ayrshire for making it come true, and then some.

“Things have been crazy in the best way, then Kalani showed up out of the blue and it all went through the roof – everyone is coming to try the dishes he had and loving them, so we are looking at some special ideas to celebrate that.

“But this award just hits different. I hoped we would win and I am sure we deserve it but still – I was gobsmacked. Thank you to everyone who nominated and voted and to the judges. This really means the world to our family.”

The family-run restaurant sees Tina and her sons, Pavan, Aman, Bobby and Rohan all working in the restaurant and their Baba Shora, being a dish created in ode to their grandfather who started the family off cooking traditional Indian cuisine for Glasgow audiences.

Pav said: “Our family have incredible passion for hospitality, food and people. Our grandfather was an amazingly talented chef but just as importantly had this incredible desire to look after people – and our parents, then my brothers and I, have all grown up with that ethos at the heart of everything.

“But most importantly the public and the local people who come in again and again – that’s what really makes us smile.”

Other Glasgow winners included the likes of Desi Dhaba Chaiwala which won Street Food Restaurant of the Year, Rickshaw & Co, which won Best of Glasgow and Swagath in Barrhear, which was chosen as the Best of Greater Glasgow.

Winners from in and around Glasgow of the Scottish Curry Awards

Curry Entrepreneur of the Year

Alok Singh (Firangi and Indian By Nature, Glasgow)

Customer Service of The Year

Madras Café (Glasgow)

Street Food Restaurant of the Year

Desi Dhaba Chaiwala (Glasgow)

Highly Commended went to Westend Banana Leaf (Glasgow)

Neighbourhood Restaurant of the Year

Himalayan Dine (Barrhead)

Highly Commended went to Cafe Asia (Crookston)

Takeaway of the Year (Glasgow)

Asian Tandoori (Glasgow)

Takeaway of the Year (Overall Winner)

The Curry leaf (Ayr)

Indian Restaurant of the Year (Overall Winner)

Masala Twist (Helensburgh)

Best of Glasgow

Rickshaw & Co

Highly Commended went to Madras Cafe

Best of Greater Glasgow

Swagath (Barrhead)

Highly Commended went to Indian by Nature (Paisley)

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