Where Patisserie Jacob traded intermittently for some time, Roti has recently taken over. The third restaurant from the team behind Kebabish and nearby Zuhus, it seems to have no connection with Tony Singh’s previous restaurant of the same name other than ploughing a similar Indian tapas furrow. I popped in to check it out in their first week of trading.
Bright and packed with hot pink pizzazz, it had a Bollywood meets Europop soundtrack which kept things lively and upbeat throughout. I liked it although I’d hate to think what my reaction would be if I’d had a hangover.
Their drinks menu offers an extensive selection of soft options. Booze is available by the BYO route with no corkage charged.
Service was effusively friendly throughout. My main waiter, let’s call him Helvetico, came and introduced himself, asked my name, and concluded the evening by taking my details for their mailing list.
As I say, the menu is focussed on tapas so is similar in spirit to much vaunted – although firmly not a favourite with me – Mother India, which is just around the corner. It will be interesting to see how comparisons work out.
I started with poppadoms and pickle tray which was solidly good. To that I added fish tikki, gol gappay (sometimes called panipuri), and their lamb biryani. Again, it will be interesting to see how comparisons go with Dishoom’s much lauded version of this latter dish.
Plates arrived in rapid succession. The pani puri – little hollow crisps that you fill with chickpea mix and top with spiced water then pop in your gob – were really good. It’s a favourite dish of mine, having sampled it at Mithas and Bindi, so it was great to find it on a menu once more.
The fish tikki were well spiced fish cakes that packed a pleasing flavour punch. The batter could have been crisper so I fed that back to Helvetico.
The lamb biryani was good, with profuse lamb pieces, but didn’t quite knock it out of the park. The accompanying naan was pretty good.
So overall, it’s probably unfair to judge a tapas place on a solo visit in their first week, so I’ll make a note to come back with a crowd to give Roti another go, soon. For now, their offering looks well-pitched and very promising so I look forward to trying more dishes on my next visit. I’d suggest it’s worthy of your attention to see where you rate it on your relative scale.
I ate: poppadoms, pickle tray, panipuri, naan, fish tikki, lamb biryani
I drank: salted lassi, water
I wore: red trousers
Total bill: £21.41
Address: 42 South Bridge, Old Town, Edinburgh EH1 1LL