OBAN take-away and restaurant Kebabish has become the first take away of its kind to claim a Healthy Living Award, as it announces plans to expand the business.
Brothers and co-owners Shaukat Chaudhry and Hashmat Ali, were delighted to claim the award, which comes after recently receiving Eat Safe Awards and two consecutive Scottish Curry Awards, for 2012 and 2013.
Now the business is looking to expand into Lochgilphead after agreeing to take over the premises formerly occupied by The Stables café to open a take-away and restaurant.
Kebabish received the Healthy Living Award after demonstrating its freshly prepared meals contain as little salt and fat as possible, from using sunflower oil instead of ghee, to serving chapattis as a healthier alternative to nan breads.
Mr Chaudhry said: “I was absolutely delighted, but to be honest I was more than half the way to meeting the criteria when I entered the award. Providing healthy food with high standards of hygiene is important.”
Moves to expand into Lochgilphead come after the business agreed to take over the premises recently vacated by The Stables on 48-50 Argyll Street. Mr Chaudhry says the building will receive an extensive renovation, with a new silent extractor-fan system to eliminate cooking smells to be installed.
He said: “I want something nice for my local community, where I have lived for 10 years. I’ve been working hard to serve good food to the people of Oban but now I want to do the same in Lochgilphead.”
It is anticipated that the restaurant will create four new jobs initially, with the possibility of more in the future.
Shaukat also featured in Coretalks, Healthy Living Awards monthly newsletter. Read it here.