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Experienced London restaurateur takes over Moira restaurant, creating 7 jobs

Restauranteur Rashal Khan joins head chefs Khaled Ahmed and Abul Kalam to serve up a unique twist on Indian cuisine following his recent takeover of Moira-based eatery Masala Hut

AN experienced London restaurateur is bringing his culinary expertise to a Moira-based restaurant, creating seven new jobs.

Rashal Khan, who has over 20 years of experience in London's thriving hospitality scene, has taken over Masala Hut in the Co Down village, representing a significant investment.

Mr Khan aims to provide Northern Ireland with a fresh perspective on one of the world's most diverse cuisines through exclusive dishes made from locally-sourced produce.

"My first trip to Moira took place in 2017 when I came over to visit a friend and take some time away from the hustle and bustle of London. I quickly realised during the short journey from Belfast International Airport to Moira that this was the perfect place for me to relocate and set up my restaurant," he said.

"Northern Ireland reminds me very much of my roots in Bangladesh with its abundance of rolling green landscapes and grazing livestock, and Moira presented a great opportunity to share my passion for high-end Indian Cuisine with a local twist. All of our dishes, including our special rabbit and venison entrees, represent our love for marrying two cultures by turning locally-sourced produce into beautiful exotic dishes."

Having invested in living locally full-time, Mr Khan has encouraged other UK-based businesses to consider Northern Ireland for investment.

“I believe Northern Ireland has a lot going for it in terms of its attractiveness for external investment. Not only are operating costs significantly lower in Northern Ireland, but there is a stronger sense of local community in Northern Ireland's many smaller villages and restaurants especially have exceptional access to world-class, locally-grown produce," he added.

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