Somehow on my various walking adventures across the city Delhi Diner, on the way towards Cameron Toll, had eluded my attention until recently. I’m not sure what I expected to find, but was keen to investigate.
This part of town is home to many bed & breakfast places, but otherwise doesn’t strike me as a prime spot to pitch your restaurant tent. However, it was relatively busy for a sleepy Tuesday.
The layout of the place is pretty standard with banquette seating on both sides of the room affording space enough for around thirty diners.
The menu covered the expected bases with a list of house specials that sounded pretty good. I started with their special kebab, which offered basically all their starter kebabs on one plate, then followed with their butter bean lamb.
I accompanied it with a veg stuffed paratha, a similar dish to one I’d tried to order at the Indian Lounge but been forbidden.
The starter soon arrived looking much as expected. The accompanying sauce was a non-event, but the meat was of really good quality with tender lamb and chicken cubes and a warmly spiced lamb mince kebab. I was very pleased with it.
The main course maintained the standard with a very good stuffed paratha, filled with all the best veg for taking on warm spicing – really tasty bits of broccoli, cabbage and tattie. Then the lamb and butter bean dish was a low and slow classic; nowt fancy but deeply satisfying.
So overall, although Delhi Diner is a little isolated, it offers a really solid curry house selection. Their stuffed paratha is a dish I’d like to see on more menus so I could eat it more often. In all likelihood, you’ll only end up here only if circumstances converge oddly, but if and when you do you’ll be well served.
Blythe scores Delhi Diner
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: Delhi Diner special kebab, butter bean gosht, stuffed paratha
I drank: lager
I wore: action footwear
Total bill: £26.15
Address: 38 Mayfield Gardens, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 2BY