February 23, 2015 Indian, Leith 3 Comments



With the current absence of Mithas from Edinburgh’s dining scene, my compass around Indian food has been knocked out of kilter. A couple of good judges, Arianna and Phil, had both made regular mentions that Rivage was a fine purveyor of Indian fare, so I decided to give it a go.

On a quiet midweek evening, I was warmly welcomed by the friendly staff, then shown to a table in the middle of the smart dining space.

Rivage's Special

Rivage’s Special

The menu was very reasonably priced and offered a good range of options, with a particularly good vegetarian selection.

I decided to start with the intriguing sounding Rivage’s Special, then followed with a saag gosht and garlic naan. I nibbled on a good poppadom and delicious pickle tray while I waited for the first of these dishes to arrive.

Saag gosht

Saag gosht

Diners of my approximate vintage would be hard pressed to avoid linking the look of the Rivage’s Special with that of a Findus crispy pancake. It proved an entirely more impressively light and flavourful dish, though, and a good opening to proceedings.

The main course was a notch up from that with a good naan and a knockout lamb saag, which was strong on wonderfully aromatic fenugreek. It was one of the best lamb saag’s I’ve sampled in the city.

Garlic naan

Garlic naan

So overall, I really enjoyed my trip to Rivage. The lamb saag main course was the particular highlight. I’d be very pleased to recommend it to you and look forward to many future visits.

Blythe scores Rivage
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20

I ate: Rivage special, saag gosht, garlic naan

I drank: lager, water

I wore: black brogues

Total bill: £19.55

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Written by BKR