TWO Dunfermline restaurants have been shortlisted for this year's Asian Restaurant Awards in Scotland.

The complete list features more than 70 of the nation's leading Asian restaurants and takeaways, with around 10,000 votes cast across each region.

Both Dhoom Indian Streatery on New Row and Antioch Turkish restaurant on Bridge Street have been named as finalists.

The awards are the only accolades open to the full spectrum of Asia's diverse cuisines.

Returning for its seventh year. the ceremony will take place at The Sheraton Grand Hotel in Edinburgh next month. It will be presented by BBC News anchor Samantha Simmonds.

Organised by the Asian Catering Federation (ACF) with Just Eat as its headline sponsor, the event has become a highlight in Scotland's Asian restaurant industry calendar, with recognition for innovation, vision and exceptional food.

ACF Chairman Yawar Khan said: “We are seeing some remarkable creativity by pioneering restaurateurs and chefs, adapting to challenging trading conditions and more sophisticated customer preferences, showcasing Scotland's world-leading produce, especially its seafood, game, neeps and tatties."

Each shortlisted establishment will be visited by a panel of judges from the ACF to determine the winners for both national and regional award categories.