The welcome was immediately warm and was the defining part of the experience. The owner and I sat chewing the fat throughout the time I was there, with the exception of the time he spent in the kitchen preparing the dough and filling for my fatayar. But I’m getting ahead of myself.Their selection is extraordinarily broad. They do curries, chillis, pizza, pasta, kebab, wraps, burgers, chicken, munchy boxes and desserts. My eye was drawn to something called a fatayar, described as a twisted pizza. It was a new one on me, so I had to Google it.
The great oracle in the sky revealed that it was a type of Arab-style pie. With a range of fillings, I was drawn in by their “special” which included both doner meat and chicken tikka. This seemed the ideal dish to check out the place’s range.The item was soon with me looking like some sort of bursting-at-the-seams calzone. The filling was profuse and the casing quite light and crisp. There was a lot of cumin going on. It wasn’t the most refined thing I’ve ever eaten, but it was new, fresh, fun and filling.
So overall, I enjoyed my visit to the Chilli Hut. A friendlier place you’ll be hard pressed to find and a more interesting chat I’ve rarely had with any eatery proprietor. As the only Edinburgh purveyor of fatayars, I’d definitely recommend a visit.
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3/5 for setting
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: special fatayar (doner meat, chicken tikka, mushrooms, onions, peppers)
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £7