British Kebab Awards: Milton Keynes Turkish restaurant scoops prize

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A Turkish restaurant in Milton Keynes has won an award at the British Kebab Awards 2021.

Pasha Turkish Grill in Milton Keynes won an award for the Best Regional Turkish Restaurant last night (October 27) at the British Kebab Awards.

The British Kebab Awards, in association with Just Eat, recognises the efforts of kebab takeaways and restaurants across the UK.

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Pasha serve Turkish and Mediterranean Cuisine in a contemporary surrounding with options for everyone including vegan, vegetarian and kids menus.

The team will be celebrating tonight (Thursday, October 28) with some belly dancing, Raki and prosecco.

Pasha have come a long way since the start of the pandemic where they struggled as they were only a dine in restaurant.

Ozi Barak, Owner and manager of Pasha, said: “Our business was not a takeaway service, it’s always been dining in, so it was very challenging to stay open.

“We had to have a whole new system in, we had to reduce staff, it was very difficult. I’m sure its the same with any other business in the same position. We had to change how we worked, and that was a learning exercise.”

He said that if it weren’t for Government loans and furlough, they would have had to close.

Barak spoke about receiving the award: “With everything that had gone on (coronavirus), we are shocked to have won. We’ve had a little cheer and everyone’s happy, we’re ecstatic. We couldn’t believe we won it.

“If you look at Pasha, we’re a small independent, we’re not glamorous, it’s all about our food, it’s not about spending a million pounds on a refurb, we can’t afford that.

“It’s really pleasing to be recognised. We’ve achieved something and we’ll be recognised from it. We’re still absorbing it.

“We obviously didn’t think we were gonna win as we’re not a big scale restaurant, especially for Milton Keynes. There’s around 400 other restaurants on Tripadvisor.”

Barak said it was all down to the customers, as “the customers voted for us, it’s them we need to thank. Over the last 18 months, without our customers, we would not be open. So we thank our customers more than anything else.”

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