Mithas Becomes Toast Of India With New Bar

by Laura Berry

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Cocktail 1Scotland’s best Indian restaurant has unveiled a new cocktail bar – featuring a range of ‘firsts’ – designed to create the perfect dining and drinking experience for its customers.

One of the features of the new bar at Mithas, the multi-award winning fine dining restaurant in Leith’s Dock Place, will be the chance for diners to succeed with one of the toughest challenges in dining – to match top quality wines with Indian food.

It is also the first bar in Scotland to offer Indian inspired and infused cocktails – with the showstopper being the exclusive FrenchConnection, which is made up of a mixture of Remy Martin Cognac and Cointreau then infused with nine spices and flambéed in front of guests to add extra heat.

In addition, Mithas is the first Indian restaurant in Scotland to have its own in-house sommelier after headhunting Glen Montgomery, who formerly worked at the prestigious Witchery on the Royal Mile. Glen was hired to deliver his expertise to diners in how to match their Indian dishes with the perfect wine from the extensive 100-bin list.

Group general manager Jaimon George said that the new bar will allow people to enjoy fine wines and fine dining in the main 75 seat restaurant before moving through to the cocktail bar to continue their night of indulgence.

George added: “People don’t normally associate good wines and cocktails with Indian food but it’s amazing what matches can be made. Glen is on hand here to give his advice.

“For example, many people don’t realise that fruity wines work perfectly with hot dishes that have peppercorns, chilli, cloves and cardamom. The cocktails infused with spices are also great as they create delicious flavours for after an Indian meal.

“It’s an exciting addition to our fine dining experience and I really think people will love the bar and Indian cocktails. It’s so different from what other Indian restaurants offer so I’m sure it will go down a storm.”

The new bar provides an extra 20 seats and standing room for guests who want to try some of the unique tipples on offer.

The impressive wine list includes prosecco, champagne and wine from all over the world as well as a £320.00 bottle of Batard Montrachet Grand Cru for the true wine connoisseur.

Mithas have also gone to the lengths of carefully handpicking staff from all across the UK to ensure top service is delivered to every guest.

George added: “We’ve always wanted to extend Mithas so that we can give our guests the ultimate experience in both fine dining and drinking.

“We felt that many people at the end of the night wanted to stay longer which is what this new bar offers. Customers can choose from our wide selection of wines or try one of our delicious new cocktails continuing their evening in the new area.

“The reaction so far to the opening has been fantastic and has given us a real indicator to what we are doing is working. People really are making a night of it by eating with us then staying to enjoy their favourite tipples or trying new cocktails.”

Mithas is Scotland’s first Indian restaurant to receive two AA Rosettes and has won the Indian Restaurant of the Year title in the Scottish Restaurant Awards two years in a row. It also scooped two further awards at the Scottish Curry Awards earlier this year.

Mithas is owned by the Khushi  family who run the Khushi’s in Edinburgh – regarded as Scotland’s original curry house.

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