Hailing from the north, all the way up in Aberdeen, there’s a new Indian eatery in town in the form of Shri Bheema’s. Dishing up traditional South and North Indian cuisine, with a few awards under their belt such as ‘Aberdeen’s best curry awards,’ and an expansion of four new restaurants, 2 in Edinburgh (opening soon on Constitution Street) London and Milton Keynes, they were definitely worth checking out!
Situated directly across from the Festival Theatre on Nicolson Street, close-by to the Cowgate and Edinburgh University, the restaurant is perfectly placed for a spot of dinner before a show. As well as their A La Carte menu, they do a lunchtime buffet £7.99 Monday to Friday and £11.99 at the weekends so there’s lots of options here.
We started with Shri Bheema’s Signature Platter, an array of tandoori meat specialities including lamb, chicken and prawns, the meats were succulent, juicy and full of flavour.
Our next course was Dosa – which is a thin crispy savoury rice pancake served with an assortment of chutneys, my favourite being the coconut one, fantastic for ripping off and dipping into your chosen chutney.
We opted for a plain buttered naan bread which was humongous! I opted for the butter chicken as I was in a bit of a mild mood and I do genuinely love creamy curries. My boyfriend chose the Kashmiri lamb rogan josh. We shared some pilau rice. I can honestly say the curries were delicious! If it wasn’t for me being so full from the platter starter, I would have licked the bowl clean!
I love Indian desserts, gulab jamun is one of my faves but I also love this sweet carrot dessert that I’ve had in varying forms at Indian restaurants and lucky for me, Shri Bheema’s have their own version of ‘gajar halwa,’ as it’s known. My boyfriend had coconut ice cream served in a coconut, it looked very appealing and it was so refreshing after a big meal,I know this because I stole a bit while he was away to the bathroom!
The general ambience of the restaurant was good, it was a Wednesday night and it was pretty packed. There were a lot of Indian diners too which for me is always a good sign as you know the food matches up to food from ‘back home.’
One to consider for your next Indian meal in Edinburgh and watch this space for the Constitution street restaurant’s opening.
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