I can’t resist a good Indian meal, the starters alone are enough to tempt me. The Radhuni is a family-friendly Bangladeshi restaurant, a recent winner at the Scottish Curry Awards, they are located in the Loanhead area on the outskirts of Edinburgh. The restaurant is local to my friend’s house so it was the perfect place to meet for a mid-week catch up.
Like any good Indian restaurant, we started with some crunchy poppadoms and an assortment of mango & mixed pickle chutney, onion salad and a mint yoghurt sauce. We decided to go for 2 starters and share them; the lightly spiced mince lamb samosa accompanied by more of the mint yoghurt sauce and the Sabzi (vegetable) pakora which I just can’t resist when eating Indian food. This was served with a slightly spicy pakora sauce that was a little darker in colour than I’m used to seeing, but never the less delicious.
The starters were full of flavour and had whet the appetite for the main course. Radhuni is the Bengali word for ‘passionate cook’ which seemed apt, as all the dishes are freshly prepared. The restaurant was popular with families and I had a wee wander on my way to the bathroom and seen that they have a big family area and a party room for larger groups which looked really nice. They also have an outdoor space which would be good to make use of in the summer months.
We decided to choose 2 curries that we both liked so we could do a little bit of mix and match. Come to mention it, the restaurant actually do ‘Tapas Tuesdays’ so you can try a little bit of everything, if you have trouble just sticking to one curry like us. We agreed on the Shahi Chasni – Chicken kebabs cooked in a delicate sweet and sour sauce with fresh herbs & spices. We also went for the Garlic Chicken – medium strength, cooked with garlic, lentils, fresh herbs and spices, garnished with coriander and lemon.
Both were incredibly tasty, I’ve had Chasni in other restaurants but this was one of the best I’ve tasted, the meat was cooked beautifully and the balance of spices were perfect.
We chose to accompany our curries with some mushroom pilau rice and a giant garlic naan which was incredible but it ended up being too big for us to finish!
Nevertheless we somehow ended up with a dessert to share which neither of us believed we could manage but incredibly my friend’s sweet tooth and my hate of waste, managed to spur us on to finish it all! We chose to have the Fantastica – Vanilla & caramel ice cream with chocolate balls, toffee pieces & caramel sauce. It was very enjoyable.
We had such a lovely night at The Radhuni, the service was good, every course we had was delicious and the restaurant itself has a very welcoming feel about it. Loanhead is a stone’s throw away from Ikea and the Straiton retail park and it’s definitely worth a wee bit of a drive from town for the tasty Indian cuisine that they have on offer.
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