Belfast Telegraph

High-end Indian food comes to Co Down village with local twist

By Christine Carrigan

A London restaurateur has taken over Moira-based eatery Masala Hut to create seven new jobs.

The restaurant, which was established in 2013, was taken over in March by Rashal Khan, who has over 20 years’ experience in London’s thriving hospitality scene.

However, he took the decision to relocate and invest here after he visited Moira last year and fell in love with Northern Ireland.

Mr Khan said: “My first trip to Moira took place in 2017 when I came over to visit a friend and take some time away from the hustle and bustle of London.

“I quickly realised during the short journey from Belfast International Airport to Moira that this was the perfect place for me to relocate and set up my restaurant.

“Northern Ireland reminds me very much of my roots in Bangladesh with its abundance of rolling green landscapes and grazing livestock, and Moira presented a great opportunity to share my passion for high-end Indian cuisine with a local twist.”

Mr Khan, who describes his restaurant as having a “fine-dining flair”, hopes to provide Northern Ireland with a new perspective on Indian cuisine through exclusive dishes made from locally sourced produce.

“All of our dishes, including our special rabbit and venison entrees, represent our love for marrying two cultures by turning locally-sourced produce into beautiful exotic dishes,” he said. “

“Northern Ireland has a lot going for it in terms of its attractiveness for external investment.”

To celebrate its official launch, Masala Hut took part in this year’s Speciality Food Fair in Moira on Saturday.

Belfast Telegraph

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