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‘Best Indian Restaurant in South East’ raises more than £1,000 at charity lunch

A SPECIAL lunch at The Rajdani Indian restaurant in West Kingsdown, near Sevenoaks, recently raised £1,185 for charity.

The restaurant, which was named the Best Indian Restaurant in the South East at last year’s  Asian Curry Awards, served a selection of dishes to 69 of its regular customers who paid £15 each to attend. A further £150 was raised through a prize draw.

Staff and guests at the Rajdani charity event.

The proceeds will be divided equally between the St Edmund’s Church in West Kingsdown and Global Aid Trust, which supports Rohingya refugees. Khan, the owner of the restaurant, says Rohingya people are one of the most persecuted minority groups in the world.

St Edmund’s Church is seen by many to be the centre of a vibrant Christian community within the village and is involved in many other charitable works. The Rajdani is looking to host another event involving St Edmund’s Church later in the year.

“People often say charity should begin at home, which it should – but it should not end here,” said Khan, whose restaurant, which marks its 20th anniversary this year, has long been involved in fund-raising for good causes. Last October the restaurant raised £1,700 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, which supports soldiers, veterans and their families.

The restaurant hopes to feature again in the Asian Curry Awards, which is being held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 18 November 2018. In a bid to retain his titles, Head Chef, Jimmi Shab, has recently returned from a culinary tour of the sub-continent and is redesigning a shorter, gourmet menu where current favourites will be complemented by a greater choice of fish, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan dishes.

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