Merseyside kebab shop named one of UK’s best – thanks to its famous chilli sauce

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A Merseyside kebab house has been lauded as one of the top takeaways in the country – and it’s all down its special chilli sauce.

Botan Kebab House on Berry Street, Liverpool has been named one of the best places to grab a kebab as the British Kebab Awards launches its third annual event.

Thousands of kebab businesses were nominated by meat eaters from across the country, but only 14 restaurants made the ‘best takeaway outside London’ shortlist.

Manager Babir Bagmati said his takeaway’s appearance on the list is all down to his family’s unique chilli sauce recipe and good old fashioned customer service.

“We’ve been a family business for 15 years,” Mr Bagmati told the ECHO.

“We care a lot about our customers. And keeping those customers is all about how we do business. You have be really friendly and stay smiling and that’s why we have got such loyal customers.

“You can’t just serve them and let them go. Most people who come here know us.”

He laughed that “of course” the kebab house also has the “best chilli sauce in Liverpool”.

Famed for its hot relish, Mr Bagmati said the key to its taste is that it’s always freshly made.

“We would never buy anything straight from the supermarket,” he said.

“We make our chilli sauce from fresh vegetables. Everything we cook is homemade and that’s what makes the difference.”

Opened in 1989, Botan was taken over by the Bagmati family ten years later and has since become something of a Liverpool institution, known for its impressive range of kebabs, burgers and pizzas.

Alongside its latest accolade, Botan is also one of the most nominated kebab houses by ECHO readers.

Mr Bagmati said: “It’s great to hear we’ve been shortlisted. It’s fantastic knowing people are happy with what we do.”

Botan will be going head-to-head in the finals with fellow Merseyside kebab house Medo on East Bank Street, Southport. They have both been nominated for the best takeaway outside London award, while Cypriana Greek Restaurant on Lark Lane, Livepool has been named as one of the best delivery restaurants.

Other categories include best value, customer satisfaction, fine dining and best newcomer. The British Kebab Awards ceremony will take place on Janury 7 at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel in London.

To vote for your favourite Merseyside kebab house, visit: http://britishkebabawards.co.uk/british-kebab-awards-2015/

The more you vote the more your favourite kebab shop will get closer to winning an award. Voting will close on January 4.

First published in Liverpool Echo; by Laura Connor

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