March 29, 2013 Indian, Leith No Comments

I’m often somewhat suspicious of places that proclaim themselves to be the “best in the city”. Confidence is a good thing; completely baseless claims are another.


The Curry Café, on Elm Row, claims to serve the “best curry in town”, a claim that I can confirm is not accurate. The place is, however, perfectly good, serving a high-value set lunch.

Service was prompt and very friendly. Items took a reassuringly long enough time to arrive, indicating that they had mostly been freshly prepared to order.

The lunch, costing £4.95, consisted of some spiced onions and poppadum, a couple of vegetable and chicken pakoras, a simple lamb curry, and rice or naan. I opted for the latter. I accompanied this with a good plain lassi. This was a really nice little selection, and proved to be a tasty and filling meal.


The highlight was the naan which was lovely and fresh. The curry was flavour-packed, with nicely tender lamb. Both the vegetable and chicken pakoras were suitably crisp and flavourful. The poppadum was on the stale side, which was a little disappointing, as it was the only lowlight of what was otherwise a cracking good feed.

So overall, I really quite enjoyed the Curry Café. As a no-nonsense Indian place, it hit the spot very nicely. The best in town it is not, but it serves more than respectable fare. Their lunchtime deal is very good value, but I imagine they do most of their business as a takeaway. I’d be happy to go back for another lunchtime visit, next time curry is what I require.

Blythe scores the Curry Café
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20

Today’s quester was: Blythe

I ate: lamb curry, vegetable and chicken pakoras, naan, spiced onions, poppadom

I drank: water, lassi

I wore: maroon shirt

Total bill: £7.40

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Written by BKR