Bilash PR (L) (l-r) Sitab Khan and Mohammed Khan (both Bilash)
A contemporary Bangladeshi restaurant in Wolverhampton is celebrating its 35th birthday after another successful year in business and winning three awards.
Bilash, which offers a combination of traditional and contemporary Bangladeshi cuisine, has been listed in the Michelin and AA Food Guides for the 15th consecutive year and has also been named by Harden’s as one of the UK’s Top Restaurants.
It comes hot on the heels of a £100,000 investment in renovating the Cheapside venue and creating a range of new dishes for its nationwide customer base.
Mohammed Khan, who runs the business with his father Sitab, said: “There’s no better accolade than to be listed in one of these publications, let alone all three of them.
“We never know when they come and there’s no advertising or free meals as part of the deal…it’s a completely unbiased review of the food, the service and the atmosphere. I’m delighted we scored so highly in every possible area.”
“They really help to attract new customers and we know people that have travelled all the way to Wolverhampton to try our cuisine for themselves.”
Bilash, which employs 16 people at its Cheapside restaurant, seats 50 diners downstairs and a further 30 upstairs, which can be used for private dining or corporate functions.
The latter is a growing market for the family-owned restaurant with local businesses keen to impress customers and suppliers with a visit, whilst the Grand Theatre regularly take group bookings for show performers
Mohammed added: “Turnover was up 10% in 2017 and we had to take on more staff to cope with demand from diners.”
“This year is going to be equally exciting, with lots of events planned including a Mother’s Day weekend special menu and our biggest ever seafood week celebration.
“We are also putting on a week of complimentary dining as a thank you to all our loyal customers, who have supported the Bilash for the last 36 years.
“The menu will consist of a gourmet 3-course dinner and will be charged at a flat fee of £20 per head with all the proceeds going to an Orphan Village in Bangladesh to provide water and education.”
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