Award-winning Indian restaurateur heads to London by royal invitation

Award-winning Indian restaurateur heads to London by royal invitation

30 April 2008…A royal invitation dropped through the letter box of award-winning Itihaas’ – one of Birmingham’s prestigious Indian restaurants. Her Majesty The Queen has invited the company’s managing director to a reception next month (6th May) at Buckingham Palace.

This reception has been organised by Buckingham Palace to recognise the valuable contribution made by leading industry players to the UK’s hospitality world. Nominated by his contemporaries within his sector, for his part in the success of advancing the country’s £3.2billion Indian restaurant industry, Raj Rana will join over 350 other guests from across the UK at the event which is being hosted by The Queen.

To mark the exclusive invitation, Itihaas has created a dish fit for the monarch. The sumptuous Imperial Khumb Malai is the marriage of flavours from the east and west. Comprising of fresh young quails marinated in lemon and smoked garlic with a light mushroom and coconut curried sauce and accompanied by homemade Pont Neuf chips, this dish will certainly suit any royal palette.

With no previous catering experience and a career history in the jewellery trade, Raj Rana shares his surprise at the news of his invitation to attend the reception. “An invitation to Buckingham Palace is not something you receive everyday. At first I was convinced it was a hoax or maybe sent in error, but soon realised it was for real! I feel truly honoured to have been invited, especially having been a part of the hospitality trade for only a few years,” explains Raj.

Borne out of its sheer devotion to fine Indian cuisine, Itihaas elegantly interprets India’s rich cuisine combined with its historical colonial past and royal service, set in a traditional yet relaxed atmosphere. The Birmingham restaurant is the proud winner of the coveted 2007/2008 Cobra Good Curry Awards for Best UK restaurant and Best in the Midlands.
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