The title of best Indian restaurant in regional NSW has come as a belated 20th birthday present for a Border business.
Indian Tandoori Albury owners Manraj and Naziya Bhullar attended the NSW Restaurant and Catering Hostplus Awards for Excellence ceremony in Sydney on Monday night.
They won best Indian/Sub-Continent Restaurant over four other finalists.
It was their fifth win in this award since beginning on Dean Street in 1998.
"It is because of the people who have been coming for 20 years, that we are still here," Mr Bhullar said.
"We had a Bollywood night to celebrate our 20th year - we have been in this building nine years this month, and were opposite the cinema centre for 12 years.
"We have had another restaurant in Wodonga for 12 years, but this is our mother restaurant."
More than 65 categories were judged during the awards, which have recognised many Albury-Wodonga businesses over the years.
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Mr Bhullar said with each year the awards became more impressive in their entries and delivery.
"We've seen new restaurants open in Batemans Bay and Nowra - there's always something new happening," he said.
"The competition is strong.
"Every time we go to the awards night, it is improving - this time it was at the Star Casino.
"It used to be at a small restaurant in Luna Park."
An independent team of judges anonymously visited venues and scored based on everything from food to service.
There were a number of finalists from the Border and North East, but Indian Tandoori was the only winner.
Restaurant and Catering Australia represents more than 45,000 businesses.
"Running a hospitality business isn't easy ... but when you get the right mix of staff, produce and service, the results can be extraordinary," chief executive Wes Lambert said.