Radhuni

The Radhuni

21st June 2018 6.30pm

www.theradhuni.co.uk

There is a little, unassuming frontage to this restaurant but it’s massive inside and even has an outdoor seating area out the back. We had a relatively early sitting but there were already diners inside and plenty more came in during our meal, indicating that this is a popular place. It’s not surprising considering one of their chefs recently won chef of the year at the Scottish Curry Awards.

RadhuniWe started our meal, as we often do with curry, with poppadoms and chutney. The poppadoms were of high quality and whilst devouring the mango chutney, I was also really impressed with the mint and yoghurt sauce, which was refreshing.

We decided to share a starter between us and opted for the assorted kebab selection. This consisted of two chicken pieces, one lamb and a pakora. Both the chicken and the lamb were succulent and all of the kebabs had some nice spicing.

I’d ordered a chicken tikka balti and my friend chose the garlic chilli chicken. We both got a garlic naan and shared some rice. The waiter place some of the rice on our plates and then we got stuck in. I think this balti is the closest I have found to those in the Midlands in the Edinburgh area. The flavour was great, the sauce was rich and there was plenty of meat. The naan was huge and scooped up the curry well. The rice was also great. Across from me, the garlic chilli chicken was juicy and full of heat. We both really enjoyed every mouthful we ate.

Garlic naan - Radhuni

Garlic naan – Radhuni

We were so full we couldn’t manage dessert but there are plenty of options on offer, should you wish to partake in one. The staff were lovely and friendly throughout the meal and were clearly liked by other regular patrons who were in that evening.

The Radhuni is on the 37 bus route so if you are not local to Loanhead, it’s really easy to get to and from the city centre. It’s worth it as the food is yummy.

Food – 9/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 34/40

Would I eat here again? Yes!

Cost complimentary but likely to be around £45 for 4 poppadoms, chutneys, 1 starter, 2 mains, 2 garlic naans, 1 rice and two beers

Whilst this meal was complimentary, all views are my own. Thank you to Scott from Hotel PR for organising the visit.

Chicken Balti - Vinyasa

Vinyasa

10th April 2018 6.30pm

www.vinyasaedinburgh.co.uk

Midweek curry on a grim drizzly day is a definite pick-me-up. Vinyasa can be found just off the Royal Mile and we were warmly welcomed on arrival. We immediately got to drooling over the menu, with plenty of familiar dishes on the menu. We had to wait a little while to place our order but when we did, we decided to get a load of poppadoms to start (standard) and then picked a variety of curries. I chose the chicken balti, as I always do when I spot it on a menu of a place I’ve not been before as it’s a good yardstick for me. I also ordered a garlic naan to scoop up the curry sauce.

Curries - Vinyasa

Curries – Vinyasa

The poppadoms and chutneys were great and as usual, we all had to restrain ourselves from devouring them within seconds. The chutney tray was pretty standard but as usual, the mango chutney was the one that was demolished.

Chicken Balti - Vinyasa

Chicken Balti – Vinyasa

Next, the curries. On delivery to the table, you may feel they appear on the small side, appearing in small but deep dishes, but actually I found this meant that I could completely finish my curry rather than having to admit defeat three quarters of the way through. Also, it meant there was a greater meat and vegetables to sauce ratio, which was mightily satisfying. I think everyone around the table enjoyed their curries. The rice and naans were also delicious.

Naan - Vinyasa

Naan – Vinyasa

We had to wait again to get and pay the bill but we felt it was worth it for the quality of the food. A nice place if you are around the Royal Mile vicinity.

Food – 8/10
Service – 7.5/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 31.5/40

Would I eat here again? Probably

Cost £131 for 12 poppadoms and chutney, 6 curries, 4 naans, 3 rice, a bottle of wine, a beer, two diet cokes

Roti

Roti

10th January 2018 12.15pm

http://roti-edinburgh.co.uk/

Situated on South Bridge, Roti offers Indian food, with tapas being a specialty. A colleague had suggested lunch here as they had some good lunchtime deals. These consisted of a few different thali options along with some Indian fast-food fusion hybrids, which sounded unusual to say the least. I am a big fan of thalis so I ordered the non-vegetarian one and one of my dining companions chose the vegetarian version. The last of the three of us went for one of the slightly more unusual options and picked a tikka burrito.

Non-vegetarian thali - Roti

Non-vegetarian thali – Roti

We had a bit of a wait for our food, but unsurprisingly, the thalis looked great on arrival. Each had three different curries. On the non-vegetarian tray, one was lamb, one was chicken and the last was vegetarian. Additional to this were a couple of pieces of chicken with a dip, a naan and some rice. Each of the curries were different rather than being various meats with the same sauce and all had their own personalities but worked well as a meal. On the vegetarian version, the curries again were all different and came with naan and rice but had bhajis instead of the chicken. We were both suitably impressed and filled by our thalis. The tikka burrito did look a little bit sorry for itself in comparison. Certainly a size for those who like a lighter lunch but at a cheaper price, this makes sense. The burrito came wrapped in foil and had a sauce to dip into or pour. My friend enjoyed the flavours and gave it the thumbs up, even if she did have a bit of thali envy.

Vegetarian thali - Roti

Vegetarian thali – Roti

My two friends decided to order a mint tea and a latte. After what seemed like an inordinate amount of time (I’d say at least 15 minutes) the tea arrived and we were informed that it could be another 10 minutes for the coffee as the machine needed to warm up. We decided to wait but only because the tea had already been delivered. All very odd.

Tikka Burrito - Roti

Tikka Burrito – Roti

Roti offers value for money and the food was nice. However, don’t consider this a place to fit a lunch into an hour lunch break as there won’t be enough time.

Food – 8/10
Service – 6/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 10/10

Overall – 31/40

Would I eat here again? If I wasn’t in a hurry

Cost £26 for two thali, a burrito, a tea and coffee.

Chicken Chasni - Ronaq

Ronaq

20th September 2017 6pm

www.ronaqrestaurant.co.uk/new_waverley/

Ronaq recently opened a second restaurant by Waverley, their first being in Comely Bank. Inside, this restaurant was decorated in a slick, modern style, with the main restaurant area based on the upper floor. We were seated by the window, which although overlooks the council building, also does have views of Calton Hill. We were offered some poppadoms whilst we looked at the menu, which we obviously agreed to. We ordered a couple of cocktails and I decided to skip a starter and go straight to ordering a chicken chasni and my friend chose fish pakora to start, followed by the Ronaq special curry.

The poppadoms were lovely, with good crunch. The chutneys were also excellent. The fish pakora arrived and I have to say we were a little disappointed in how they looked, as they resembled more of a frozen battered fish fillet than pakora (apologies that the photo is only showing two rather than three pakora – my friend was very hungry!). They tasted ok, as I got to sample one, but it really wasn’t anything special and lacked the texture I would normally expect.

The curries came next and both looked and smelt great. The service dishes seems a little shallow in comparison with other restaurants, which isn’t really a problem in terms of volume as I usually struggle to finish a curry, but seems a little stingy based on price. The chasni had peppers, onions and mushrooms as well as the chicken in it. The Ronaq special consisted of a mix of chicken, lamb, mushroom, prawn and lentils. Both were pleasant enough but lacked a bit of personality and depth of spice, resulting in neither of us being wowed by them. The garlic naans we both had were delicious though and stood up to the curries well.

Ronaq is pleasant enough but a little underwhelming overall.

Food – 7/10
Service – 7.5/10
Atmosphere – 7.5/10
Value – 7/10

Overall – 29/40

Would I eat here again? Maybe but it wouldn’t be my first choice

Cost £60 for poppadoms, chutneys, one starter, two mains, two garlic naans and two cocktails.

Flour Balls - The Raj Restaurant

The Raj Restaurant

25th July 2016 6.30pm

http://raj-restaurant.co.uk/

A mainstay of Leith for over 30 years, we went along to their new location in Blackhall to see what delights they had to offer. Surprisingly, the Raj was easily accessible from the city centre by bus, only taking 15 minutes (not too dissimilar to Leith).

Flour Balls - The Raj Restaurant

Flour Balls – The Raj Restaurant

The menu offers some of the usual favourites alongside some rarer dishes. Whilst we perused the menu we had a poppadom each. The pickle tray was interesting as the mango chutney had Bengali spices in it which gave it a lovely warmth, there was the standard onion raita and an unusual but delightful apple chutney, which would be lovely at any time. We then finally settled on our order. I went for classic onion bhajis for my starter following by a chicken Birmingham balti, which I couldn’t resist as a balti was the first type of curry I ever had. My dining companion went for roast potato and cashews for starter and green Bengali masala curry for her main. We both added a garlic and coriander naan. Whilst we waited for our starters we were treated to a surprise dish. This was to show off some of the street food the restaurant is doing as part of the festival in August (see here for more information). These were fried flour balls with a beetroot dip and were totally moreish. A nice surprise and something I would happily eat again.

The starters came out and we tucked in. Both were set with a little side salad and had accompanying sauces. My bhajis had a flatish  appearance but were tasty and well spiced. I was quite jealous of the roast potato and cashew dish on the other side of the table. It was quite a hot dish but really flavoursome.

Onto the mains. Nice tea light warmers were brought out and our serving dishes placed on top. My balti was delicious. It was not what I would recognise as a balti as it was a little hotter than I was expecting but nevertheless it was truly a good curry and the chicken was incredibly moist. On the other side of the table my friend was thoroughly enjoying her curry. She said it started sweet and then developed into a bit of heat. We both couldn’t believe how light the naan breads were. All in all a very satisfying course.

Indian Sweets - The Raj Restaurant

Indian Sweets – The Raj Restaurant

The restaurant gives complimentary Indian sweets which we managed to fit some of down the sides – happy days! They were very sweet but also quite light. To top it off coffees and liqueurs were offered on a rather fine trolley. I abstained by my friend partook in a Tia Maria which I think finished her off after her kingfisher beer!

The gentleman who looked after us for much of the evening was friendly and helpful. The restaurant is great for locals in the Blackhall area (and they also offer take away) but also worth a trip out from the centre. We really enjoyed our visit and hope to be back again.

Food – 8/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 9/10

Overall – 34/40

Would I eat here again? I hope so!

Cost – complimentary but around £30 for 2 poppadoms and chutneys, two starters and mains plus a beer and Tia Maria.

Please note that whilst this was complimentary, views expressed are my own. Thanks to Megan from Crimson Edge PR for arranging.

Passage to India

11th June 2016 7.30pm

www.passage2india.co.uk

I visited Passage to India with a friend on her recommendation. I often don’t go to the strip of restaurants opposite the Playhouse as they can be busy due to pre-theatre traffic but we went a little later to avoid most of this. From the outside the restaurant looks tiny but it is a narrow, long dining space so there is plenty of room inside. I was delighted to see that chicken balti was on the menu so I couldn’t resist ordering it as it harked back to my university days when I first discovered curry. For my starter I ordered lamb chops. My dining companion for the evening went for hariyali chicken as a starter and chicken biriyani as a main. We couldn’t resist getting poppadoms and a pickle tray too.

Passage to India

Passage to India

We happily munched our way through the poppadoms whilst we waited for our starters. They were just as moreish as expected. Both of our starters looked yummy upon arrival. The lamb was beautifully spiced and the meat was nice and tender. The chicken on the other side of the table was beautifully fresh and fragrant. My friend offered me a little taste and it’s certainly something I might order next time. A pleasing course for both of us

We didn’t have to wait too long for the mains but we were asked whether we wanted a break between the starters and the mains which was nice but we were keen to get our chops round some curry. My chicken balti arrived in the traditional balti dish and I also ordered a garlic naan which was a generous but not over-facing size. The biriyani on the other side of the table also looked impressive with its mound of rice. We both thoroughly enjoyed our mains. My curry had plenty of flavour and the vegetables added a good mix of flavour and texture. The biryani was polished off completely however I struggled to finish my curry but I think that was because I ate too many poppadoms .

We both really enjoyed our visit to Passage to India and I’m sure I’ll be visiting again in the not too distant future.

Food – 8/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 8/10
Value – 9/10

Overall – 34/40

Would I eat here again? Yum – yes!

Cost £48 for poppadoms and pickle tray, two starters and mains, a garlic naan, two large glasses of wine and a Malibu and coke

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Mother India

13th March 2016 1pm

http://motherindia.co.uk/index.php/dine-with-mother-india/mother-india-s-cafe/mother-india-s-cafe-edinburgh

Mother India started out in Glasgow but has a successful offering here in Edinburgh. This restaurant serves Indian tapas. I have been here plenty of times and sometimes I have experienced mildly chaotic service but didn’t experience that today. After a poppadom each with mango chutney, we all ordered two dishes each plus breads. The menu recommends 3-4 dishes between 2 people and this really is enough. We ordered a mix of dishes including butter chicken, chilli king prawns, chilli chicken, lamb karahi and aubergine fritters (the latter two I had). The majority of us went for garlic pittas and one went for peshwari.

As tapas, dishes come out when they are ready but they all came out pretty much as the same time which suited us fine. My lamb karahi was delicious and had good flavour. The lamb wasn’t tough either. The aubergine fritters were tasty, with some kind of accompanying sauce which was delicious. The garlic pitta was generously plied with garlic, so I was in my element. One of my friends commented that a pitta (flattened out in the shape of a naan) was a less stodgy and heavy alternative to a naan, which was perfect for a lunch. Everyone seemed to enjoy their dishes and it was agreed that they couldn’t have eaten any more.

This was a pleasant meal. It is nice enough here but is possibly missing a wow factor. A solid offering though.

Food – 7.5/10
Service- 7.5/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 7.5/10

Overall 29/40

Would I eat here again? Probably but I’m in no hurry

Cost £65 for 8 tapas dishes, 4 pittas, 4 poppadoms and mango chutney, two halves of Kingfisher and a Diet Coke.

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Tuk Tuk

21st January 2016 7.30pm

http://tuktukonline.com/

Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk was chosen as the venue for a friend’s leaving do and her boss booked a large table for a group of us. I had been here once before when it first opened (in my heady pre-blogging days). I hadn’t been back since so it clearly didn’t win me over on my first visit but perhaps it was just their settling in period. The restaurant focuses on street food, although we had a set menu which had less of what I would consider street food and was more of a traditional Indian restaurant experience. The set menu meant that the whole table got poppadoms and chutneys, a mixed selection of three different appetisers, then from a list of various curries we could have one chicken option, one lamb and two vegetarian and they would cook enough of these four curries for the whole table. An assorted mix of naans and rice was provided too. All for £16.95 per head, which seemed very reasonable. This place is BYOB too.

The poppadoms had a good crunch and were as expected. However, I think the chutneys were a little on the stingy side, particularly the most popular, mango chutney, being clearly less than the rest. The appetisers then arrived (apologies for the photo of these as we’d already eaten more than half of them before I remembered to take a photo). These included chicken lollipops, samosas and pakoras. The pakoras and samosas were nice, with the former being the best. The chicken lollipops, whilst cooked well and juicy, the coating was incredibly salty. The accompanying dips were decent though.

Meat curries and rice - Tuk Tuk

Meat curries and rice – Tuk Tuk

We were offered more appetisers but we were ready for the curries so they got those out to us fairly quickly. Upon arrival they smelt good. Sadly I felt a little underwhelmed upon eating them. The sauce in the butter chicken was by far the best of the lot. Unfortunately the chicken within it was very dry. The patina lamb karahi was nice enough but was not grabbing me and I didn’t go for a second helping. The veggie options of potato and aubergine curry and sag paneer seemed to be lacking in spice but at least there were good chunks of vegetables and paneer. The naans were generally good, with the garlic one being of a great standard but the peshwari naan was a bit dry.

People around the table thought it was good enough for the money we were paying but I’m not convinced it’s enough to entice me back.

Food – 6/10
Service – 8.5/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 8/10

Overall- 29.5/40

Would I go back? Unlikely (I think I am still spoilt by my Uni days in Stoke)

Cost £220 for 13 set menus

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Voujon

10th December 2015 7.30pm

http://www.voujonedinburgh.co.uk/

Myself and Emma from Edinbug were invited by a PR company to try out Voujon. This modern restaurant is situated in Newington. The staff were welcoming and polite. We ordered some drinks whilst perusing the menu. There was a really good choice. I spotted a note on the menu offering a fusion menu on top of their standard a la carte offerings, which meant that you picked a dish and the chef picked the accompaniments, which is useful if you don’t know what to pair with what. However, in the end I went for the assorted kebab starter and Sahai chasni, which is sweet and sour curry, for main with a garlic naan. Emma went for annaj pakora and saag paneer with rice and chapatis. We also went for a poppadom each to get us going. Was this a foolish thing? I can’t usually manage poppadoms and a starter together.

Pickle tray - Voujon

Pickle tray – Voujon

The poppadoms were standard and good. The side plates had a handy dip in them, which allowed good scoopage of dips from the pickle tray. The pickle tray consisted of lime pickle, onion salad and mango chutney, all of which were decent. Then out came the starters. They both smelt amazing. I had a good variety on my plate, with fish, chicken and lamb. All were moist and the tandoori finish was delicious. These came with a special sauce which seemed to be like a mango yoghurt type sauce and it was divine. There was plenty of it too, which was perfect. The salad was decent, although the lemon, tomato and cucumber slices at the top of the plate were a little superfluous. Emma also seemed to enjoy her pakora which came with its own sauce. The plating was identical to mine.

The mains followed and again smelt great. My naan was a very generous size. The chicken in my curry was juicy and moist and the chunks were large and plentiful. The sauce was sweet and sour, which is often what I opt for when I can’t decide what curry I fancy as it covers a number of flavours. The curry was so delicious and not oily, which makes a pleasant change. The naan was also not greasy and had a lovely garlic flavour. On the other side of the table, Emma enjoyed the flavour but was a little disappointed that the paneer wasn’t in bigger chunks, although the taste of the paneer itself was not lost. I came up with a comparison for meat eaters of asking for a steak pie and getting mince inside. Whilst still nice, it’s not what you were expecting.

We were stuffed and couldn’t finish the curries but the staff kindly offered a doggy bag each so we jumped at the chance. I had a very enjoyable lunch the next day (it reheats well). More restaurants should do this! Whilst we were waiting I heard a table behind us being served who were clearly regulars. By the way they spoke with the staff, I was reassured that the staff weren’t needing to put in any extra effort because we had specifically been invited to try their food. They seem to be genuinely nice and wanting to help their patrons with great service and great food.

I have been looking for a good curry place in Edinburgh. Is this is? It might well be. I am intending to go back just to make sure!

Food – 8.5
Service – 9
Atmosphere – 8
Value – 8

Overall – 33.5

Cost – Complimentary but at a guess would have been around £45 for the above including a glass of red wine and a malibu and coke.

If you want to see some better quality photographs, Emma will no doubt have some posted on her blog when she posts her review. Have a good nosey here.

Please note that whilst this event was complimentary, views expressed are my own. Thanks to Megan from Crimson PR for inviting me.

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Namaste Kathmandu

3rd November 2015 7pm

http://namastektm.co.uk/

Namaste Kathmandu

Namaste Kathmandu

We stopped here for an impromptu dinner. I have passed here many a time but never been in so we finally took the opportunity when it arose. We were met by friendly and welcoming staff and were seated. There was a nice choice on the menus, with it being broken down into Nepalese, Indian and Seafood and there is a decent vegetarian offering in both the Nepalese and Indian cuisines. We went for the standard poppadoms and pickle tray as a starter (I was wise and knew we would fill up on these and having a starter too would be risky). I then picked chicken acharai for my main and my dining partner went for chicken rogan josh . We had a choice of heat levels for these curries so I went for medium and my friend went for hot. We both went for an additional garlic naan.

The poppadoms arrived quickly and were served folded, which I’m not a fan of but they do save on space and don’t really taste any different. The pickles consisted of yoghurt raita, onions and mango chutney. There probably wasn’t quite enough of the mango chutney but that is the same complain in most restaurants serving poppadoms. The onion was a bit different from other restaurants I’ve tried in that it had more of an earthy spice to it than a sweet taste. This was very nice.

Namaste Kathmandu

Namaste Kathmandu

When the curries arrived they smelt good. The naans were cut into quarters and placed together. My acharai was well balanced and not too hot. The chicken moist and there were enough pieces in there. Additionally there were yellow and green peppers and onions scattered through it with a touch of ginger to give it additional depth. All of this resulted in a very tasty curry. The naan was of a high quality and one of the best I’ve had in recent times. It had great garlic flavours, just how I like it, and it wasn’t too greasy. The hot curry on other side of the table was equally enjoyed, although she did have a bit of chilli that caught her throat but I blame that on her entirely!

We were too full for dessert but we had some hot wipes to clean up with. I was pleasantly surprised by this place and would happily go back.

Food – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 8/10

Overall – 31/40

Cost £33 for 4 poppadoms, pickle tray, two curries, two naans and one diet coke

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