May 31, 2017 Indian, Leith 1 Comment

Golden Ambal

After a long week of rigid abstemiousness, the opportunity to sample of few light ales on a Friday evening seemed like rather a jolly plan.


Enlisting the help of Our Beer Man, I sampled some very fine ales including some delicious Schofferhofer at The Bier Hoose.

When thoughts turned to food, the nearby Golden Ambal seemed like a good choice. I’d visited it for lunch shortly after it opened and had been meaning to check out their evening menu.


We found the place suitably busy for a Friday evening. We were shown to the last available table in their small ground-level dining area. There’s room for another 50 or so people downstairs, too.

We decided to follow a pretty tried and tested approach to ordering: pakora, a lamb dish, naan, rice, side plus a further starter and main that looked like house specials.


We settled upon veg pakora and mini masala dosa to start, then followed with a fish curry, lamb dhansak and a side of black lentils.

We gave the pickle tray and poppadoms a check and they were very good.

The starters arrived very promptly. The pakora were really good and the dosa, although a little thicker than the paper-thin ones I tend to prefer, had a warmly spiced filling that really hit the spot.

The fish curry was excellent with a lovely light smokiness to it. The lamb was slightly disappointing by comparison but the lentil-rich sauce was very pleasing. The side dishes were all very good with the naan notably strong.

So overall, the scores from the previous visit remain for the Golden Ambal. It’s a really good Indian offering dishes from both the northern and southern traditions. I’d recommend it to you and will be back for another visit soon.

Today’s questers were: Our Beer Man, Blythe

We ate: vegetable pakora, mini masala dosa, lamb dhansak, fish masala, daal makhani, butter naan, jeers rice

We drank: lager

We wore: drinking trousers

Total bill: £50.80

Address: 1 Albert Place, Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH7 5HN

Written by BKR