I’d been aware of the branch of Ronaq, where the Far Pavilions traded for many years, and had it on the list for a visit at some stage. When I noticed their plan to open a city centre branch near the Arches on East Market Street I thought it was time to check them out.
On a very dreich Tuesday, I found the place sparsely populated although there was a steady stream of people stopping in to collect takeaway.
The interior is very smartly appointed and stylish. It had a very good feel to it.
The friendly waiting staff brought a menu and I was left to consider things. I did this while nibbling on a good poppadom and pickle tray snack.
I settled upon the lamb chops to start followed by the Ronaq Special, which was a mix of chicken, lamb, prawns and mushrooms in a medium sauce. I added a cheese naan and saag daal.
The starter promptly appeared looking pretty good. The lamb chops were warmly spiced and pretty good. It was a pleasing opener.
The main course was a slightly odd confection and didn’t really radiate “special” to me. It was decent enough, though.
It was my first brush with a cheese naan. The cheese made the bread slightly oily and rather heavy, so I’m not sure I’d order one again. The spinach daal was much more assured.
So overall, it will be interesting to see how Ronaq gets on with its city centre branch. I enjoyed my meal at their Craigleith branch but it didn’t overly wow me. I think they’ll need to kick things up a notch or two to be really successful with the second branch, but they’re coming from a good solid foundation so have a decent chance to do so.
Blythe scores Ronaq
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: poppadoms, lamb chops, Ronaq special, cheese naan, saag daal
I drank: lager, red wine
I wore: Argyle socks
Total bill: £40.50
Address: 10-12 Craigleith Road, Edinburgh EH4 2DP