Man who bought a takeway restaurant in Milton Keynes for £8,000 wins Indian Restaurant of the Year title

'I didn’t know my left from my right!' says Giash Mohammed

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 2:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 2:42 pm

A man who launched his career in a back street of Milton Keynes has scooped the prestigious Indian Restaurant of the Year title and topped TripAdvisor’s customer ratings chart.

Giash Mohammed started out at the age of 21 when he bought a takeaway in New Bradwell for £8,000.

“I didn’t know my left from my right. I didn’t know what was going on,” he said. "I knew no one and had no suppliers. But it worked and I bought another takeaway and a restaurant."

Giash and his team
Giash and his team

Giash went on to open the Dipalee Lounge in Buckingham and this has now won the ‘Indian Restaurant of the Year - Buckinghamshire’ in the annual London and South East England Prestige Guide Awards.

It is a stunning achievement, considering he was forced to close the restaurant just two weeks after its launch in February 2020 because of the Covid pandemic.

Lesser businessmen might have folded, but Giash became a community champion by getting his talented team to cook and deliver free meals to homeless people and care homes

We had never done delivery before, but we knew we just had to help the community,” he said.

“We prepped 90 to 120 free meals a day and sent them out. People couldn’t collect their food because of the restrictions so we delivered it to the church so they could pick it up there.”

Dipalee currently tops the TripAdvisor ratings as the best restaurant in Buckingham.

“We worked very hard to achieve that,” said Giash. “It was not easy - I have lost my hair!”

The restaurant has 11 front-of-house staff and seven working in the kitchens. Food is delivered by a team of up to seven drivers.

“It takes a lot of people to run this place,” said Giash

“I work seven days a week. Every single day is a full house with up to 120 customers, so I have to be there to keep on top of it, maintain food standards, organise the drivers and make sure people get their drinks.

“Business is very good at the moment. A lot of people found out on social media that Dipalee Lounge is back.

“The local community in Buckingham has helped us a lot and we are very grateful for their support.”