Popular Indian restaurant in Ayrshire, awarded ‘Outstanding’ at the National Curry Awards

An Indian restaurant in Ayrshire is no fool after being crowned one of Scotland’s best.

3idiots in Ayr won the top prize for Outstanding Restaurant of the Year at last week’s Curry Awards.

The new kid on the city’s Indian scene may only have opened in 2019, but their authentic Punjab dishes are as memorable as their name.

And they saw off stiff competition from legendary curry houses in Glasgow and Edinburgh to bring home the award.

Sharing its name with a Bollywood hit film, the hugely popular diner was born after a trio of restaurant workers decided to go it alone.

Employees celebrate after receiving top honors

After one person left the business, co-owners Guri Gurchet Singh, 31, from Kilmarnock and Parveen Sharma, 47, from Stewarton, have seen their dream reach new heights.

And the Ayrshire chefs, with Guri, who specializes in tandoori grilling, and Parveen, the curry master, say they are “over the moon” at the great honour.

Guri told Ayrshire Live: “It was a really good performance for us, it’s a testament to all the hard work we’ve put in since 2019.

3idiots has been hailed as Scotland's preeminent Indian restaurant
3idiots has been hailed as Scotland’s preeminent Indian restaurant

“We are delighted, it was a great achievement for us as Ayrshire lads to bring home this award.

“We had a celebration at the awards night and we had a party where all the employees could celebrate together.

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“We are truly grateful to all our customers and all the loyal customers in Ayr who have supported us.”

3idiots was in its infancy when the Covid pandemic hit and the restaurant was forced to adapt to takeaways offering contactless delivery to protect drivers and customers.

Guri said: “It has taken us a while to recover but we feel like things are back to normal.

“Our customers have been very grateful for the service during the pandemic and we are grateful to them for supporting us during a difficult time.”

Guri believes fresh authentic traditional curries set them apart from the rest.

Customers have even traveled from Birmingham to try their favourites, with 3idiots offering a reduced menu inspired by Indian street food.

Guri added: “Everything we do is authentic and fresh, we don’t add coloring to the food that is bad for you.

“It’s cooked the way our mother would make it, if you come to our house this is the kind of food you would get.

“We have a really small menu – people love things like the chili chicken or the classic tikka masala.

“We’ve had people from Birmingham trying our food, we’ve even had people from America calling us and asking if they could buy a gift certificate.”

Guri has shared how he initially feared the choice of name would raise some eyebrows locally.

He added: “Parveen’s favorite move is 3 Idiots, his girlfriend said you should name the restaurant that.

“I remember thinking people would think we were actually idiots.

“But we were told the name would be memorable, and it certainly did.”

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