Diners can experience the true taste of India in the heart of Stirling thanks to a new restaurant specialising in authentic South Indian cuisine.
Rishi’s Indian Aroma has opened in the city centre offering a wide range of delicious southern and traditional Indian dishes created with fresh ingredients and homemade grounded imported spices.
Rishi’s, based in Friars Street, is part of a chain of restaurants which began in Aberdeen in 2011 and are influenced by South Indian culture.
The Stirling restaurant is the fifth to open – the others are in Glasgow, Dundee and Edinburgh – and is run by Vinu Murugan and his business partner.
He says: “We specialise in South Indian food using fresh spices and unique cooking methods with lots of new dishes for customers to try. We have many vegetarian and vegan dishes and there is something to suit everyone.”
Vinu originally trained as a lawyer and began working for Rishi’s in Aberdeen while studying Law at university there.
He says: “I found a passion for food and cooking and started to learn all about South Indian cooking and became a chef.
I worked at Rishi’s in Aberdeen for a long time and later worked at a South Indian restaurant in Falkirk which attracted many customers from Stirling as there was no South Indian food available in the city.
Generally, people have to travel a long way to get these dishes so when my business partner and I decided to open a new branch of Rishi’s, Stirling was the obvious choice as there was a gap in the market.”
Vinu had the opportunity to view the unit at 14, Friars Street which was previously home to The Grand Buffet restaurant and thought it would be perfect for the new venture.
He says: “It’s a huge place and we spent a couple of months refurbishing it before opening on April 24. So far, the response has been great and everything is working out well.”
The restaurant already has several five-star reviews on Trip Advisor including this testimonial: “This is a fabulous place. Delicious authentic food. 10/10. Friendly welcome. A very welcome addition to Stirling. The Dosa are fab.”
Rishi’s name implies purity and that represents the ethos behind the restaurant which includes south Indian specialities like Dosa (paper-thin crepes) and Vada (savoury doughnuts); Indian Street Food plus curries and Tandoori dishes to suit every taste.
The menu is available online – www.rishisindianaroma.co.uk – and Rishi’s
offers a takeaway and delivery service with 10% off all online orders.
The restaurant is open daily from 12 to 3pm for lunch and in the evening, the opening hours are from 4:30pm to 10:30pm Sunday to Thursday and from 4:30pm to 11pm on Friday and Saturday.
There is a Facebook page featuring photos of the delicious food on offer at www.facebook.com/rishisstirling
Rishi’s is also on Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/rishisstirling/