An Indian restaurant, which opened just three weeks before the Coronavirus pandemic, is welcoming customers back again.
Chillies of Carnoustie is the brainchild of Atik Raj, an experienced chef who has over 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, including being part of award-winning restaurant teams.
Atik explained: “I wanted to open a family-run restaurant next to the sea where we could create meals using freshly caught local seafood, as well as traditional dishes.”
As diners enjoy the breathtaking sea views (and views over the iconic Carnoustie golf course), authentic Indian and Bangladeshi dishes are created by the team in the kitchen, using local ingredients wherever possible.
The chefs are knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to dietary requirements and will help wherever possible, including offering vegan and gluten-free options.
The restaurant also boasts and outdoor terrace and additional rooms so it is ideal for parties and functions. It has plenty of parking and even an ice cream parlour – it really is a unique place to celebrate special occasions.
Chillies was forced to close its doors, along with the rest of the hospitality industry, back in March. And although it reopened for takeaway a few weeks later, it was only in July that they could welcome diners back into the restaurant.
Atik added: “We’ve had great support from the community during lockdown and we have already been giving back by supporting local good causes through prize and food donations for events.
“And recently we’ve been part of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, which has meant the restaurant has been very busy as customers come back, or visit us for the first time.”
Chillies is once again open seven days a week for takeaway, delivery or dining in the restaurant. Its key worker discount will continue (25% off on meals) and there are two-course lunch menus, starting from just £9.95 per person.
The team at Chillies is also keeping customers and staff Covid secure.
They have hands-free sanitiser stations and posters indicating what the guidelines are. The restaurant’s layout has been adapted to create space between tables and staff are fully trained in PPE use and maintaining social distancing.
They will also ask all customers to fill in contact trace forms.
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