Edinburgh could never be blamed for not offering choice. Every type of food can be eaten in every type of place and you can be quite spoiled for choice there. Mainly, when tourists come, they tend to stick to the areas in the city centre but what delights await them if they wander away from the main streets and into the quieter areas?
One of these open secrets is Nilgiri Spice in the Tollcross area. Sitting bold as brass on Brougham Street yet seeming to hide in plain sight, the unassuming front of the restaurant not really revealing the delights waiting for you inside.
We decided to venture in one evening after passing it several times, not expecting much. For some reason its modest attire made us underestimate its worth, which can often be the case however, we were wrong. The food we were about to eat would change our perspective.
We didn’t want anything too spicy and many of the menu items were new to us, we also had a child with us who loves Indian food but if you have kids, you’ll know that sometimes they like things very specific.
The staff who served us were wonderful, explaining all the dishes to us and putting up with all our silly questions about what was in it and how it was cooked and even though we sounded a bit unsure of our menu choices, the chef made sure it was cooked and presented just the way the waiter said it would be. Part of being a good waiter is managing expectations and we were certainly satisfied that we had been served with the same dish we had ordered.
Everything was perfect, right down to the mango lassi (a yoghurt based drink) recommended to the youngest member of our group and we will definitely be repeat customers.
Nilgiri Spice is a family run business serving authentic South Indian food. The menu features choices for both meat eaters and vegetarians and comprises starters, main courses, special dishes and desserts. Alcohol can be purchased there and the wine list had some good selections to accompany your meal.
We would highly recommend this restaurant and please let us know if you enjoy it as much as we did.
Edinburgh is full to the brim with great eateries of all
kinds. You can buy fast food, traditional Scottish food, food from all over the
world and it doesn’t matter if you eat meat, are vegetarian or vegan, there
will be something for you in Edinburgh.
Tourists tend to stick to the city centre which is great, has everything you need and you will be spoilt for choice but what if you want to see something else? When we wanted to have a business meeting with the team from Keyholders International we went for a visit to Fort Kinnaird Retail Parkwhich is in the Newcraighall area of Edinburgh. Just off the city bypass if you are travelling by car or, if you are using public transport to plan your trip, there are plenty of options. Either way, this large shopping and entertainment site is very accessible.
Whilst there, we decided to eat in Chiquito , a very popular Mexican themed family restaurant. When we first entered, we found the staff who greeted us very friendly and our first impression was certainly promising. Guiding us to our table, our waiter handed us the menus and made sure we were comfortable before getting our drinks order which arrived in double quick time. Although part of a chain, the service felt very personalised and the staff were cheery and actually looked as if they enjoyed their work. The food menu was very good and varied. So much to choose from, we had to ponder for a while before settling on chicken fajitas. We also noted that there were gluten free options as well as vegetarian; well worth remembering if you are a large group trying to cater for various needs.
When our meal arrived, it looked mouth watering and it was a very generous portion so, for those among us that like a bit extra, this is definitely the place. The dips given routinely can be changed, which we did, requesting more sour cream and guacamole rather than salsa. Things like this seem small but you’d be surprised at how many eateries refuse to change even the slightest thing about their menu so, when we find somewhere that accommodates a request with a smile, we tend to go back again. Suffice to say, our meal was delicious, filling and the waitress even came to ask us if we needed any more dips or tortillas even though we had ample. It’s this kind of customer service that brings people back in your door and we will certainly be back to Chiquito at Fort Kinnaird.