Voujon captures the best flavours from traditional Bengali and North Indian cuisine. I was invited to sample their menu at their restaurant based in the Newington area of Edinburgh city.
Thursday night and I can smell the weekend and it’s about this time in the week that I think I’m definitely due a treat. A large Cobra beer accompanied by some crispy poppadoms and a lime pickle, spiced onion, mango chutney assortment is how I define happiness. We were warmly greeted and promptly seated as we entered Voujon and I had a beer in my hand within minutes which always makes me happy. Voujon is the kind of restaurant that I enjoy coming to midweek, somewhere you can relax and unwind after a busy day. The decor was clean and modern and the tables were set-up with crisp white tablecloths.
The restaurant had a buzz about it, groups of colleagues de-briefing after a conference, couples chatting over a romantic dinner and friends having a catch-up. Equally, although I visited during the week, the restaurant would be somewhere I’d come for dinner at the weekend, there’s a private group dining area which would be good for celebrations and family events. We struggled with our decision whether to allow the restaurant to choose our meal for us, as you can order a non-vegetarian dinner for two at £38.95 or a vegetarian dinner for two at £34.95, whereby the chef selects your starters all the way through to desserts to suit your taste, so you can mention if you prefer mild to spicy or vice versa. We chickened out in the end and just chose what we fancied!
Our starters were phenomenal! We went for the generic vegetable pakora which we both like and we both shared the King Prawn Parthia with Puri – King Prawns in a subtle sauce on top of fried puffed bread garnished with fresh coriander, served with a side salad, it was unbelievably tasty, the prawns were soft and flavoursome and what’s not to like about puffed fried bread?! Delicious and gobbled up within seconds!
I don’t think our lovely server quite believed that we could handle our spice but I like to think we proved him wrong. Admittedly I do like a creamy curry, I’m partial to a chicken chasni or a korma but tonight we went for a Jaipuri chicken cooked in a spicy sauce with mushrooms, fresh tomatoes and fresh coriander as well as a Karahi, chicken delicately cooked in caramelised onions, green pepper, tomatoes, dried chilli, garlic and ginger, (just typing it is making my tastebuds tingle)! Accompanied by a giant plain nan and pilua rice. My tummy felt full and happy afterwards and I vowed I’d be back. With so many Indian restaurants in Edinburgh, Voujon is definitely not one to bypass, you have to try their incredible food.
*I was invited to Voujon, gifted dinner for two in exchange for an honest review on my blog. All content and opinions are my own.*