A man who launched his career in a back street of Milton Keynes has scooped the prestigious Indian Restaurant of the Year title and topped TripAdvisors customer ratings chart, Milton Keynes UK reported.
Giash Mohammed started out at the age of 21 when he bought a takeaway in New Bradwell for 8,000 pound.
“I didn’t know my left from my right. I didn’t know what was going on,” he said. “I knew no one and had no suppliers. But it worked and I bought another takeaway and a restaurant.”
The report said Giash went on to open the Dipalee Lounge in Buckingham and this has now won the ‘Indian Restaurant of the Year – Buckinghamshire’ in the annual London and South East England Prestige Guide Awards.
It is a stunning achievement, considering he was forced to close the restaurant just two weeks after its launch in February 2020 because of the Covid pandemic.
Lesser businessmen might have folded, but Giash became a community champion by getting his talented team to cook and deliver free meals to homeless people and care homes, the report said.
“We had never done delivery before, but we knew we just had to help the community,” he said.
“We prepped 90 to 120 free meals a day and sent them out. People couldn’t collect their food because of the restrictions so we delivered it to the church so they could pick it up there.”
Dipalee currently tops the TripAdvisor ratings as the best restaurant in Buckingham, the report said.
“We worked very hard to achieve that,” said Giash. “It was not easy – I have lost my hair!”
It takes a lot of people to run this place,” said Giash, as per the report.
“I work seven days a week. Every single day is a full house with up to 120 customers, so I have to be there to keep on top of it, maintain food standards, organise the drivers and make sure people get their drinks.
“Business is very good at the moment. A lot of people found out on social media that Dipalee Lounge is back.
“The local community in Buckingham has helped us a lot and we are very grateful for their support,” the report said.