February 23, 2010

Mosque Kitchen shortlisted for foodie awards

by David Masters

An Edinburgh mosque serving £4 curries was shortlisted at this year’s Scottish Restaurant Awards.

Edinburgh Central Mosque kitchen, a charity venture near Edinburgh University, is staffed by 50 volunteers, with all profits going to charity.

The Mosque kitchen was shortlisted in the best Indian restaurant category of the Scottish Restaurant Awards.

It was set up following the 9/11 attack to improve relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.

Diners at the restaurant who are down on their luck can choose not to pay for their meal up to three times.

Mohammed Akbar, spokesperson for the Mosque kitchen, said: : “We used to just serve food to people who came in for prayers.

“But we wanted to be able to provide everyone with a decent meal for a very low cost so we opened up.”

He added that the kitchen volunteers were “over the moon” at being nominated for the awards, but were “very, very surprised”.

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