Kama Sutra originally opened on Lothian Road but closed – the execrable Wildwood took over the space – and upped sticks to Drummond Street. They opened a few months back in the property that used to be B’Est, a rather misnamed French restaurant.
Part of the Ashoka group of curry houses based across the central belt, I’d had a very poor experience in their short-lived restaurant called Ashoka on Hanover Street. I won’t go into the detail – I raised it with the management who dealt with it adequately – but their approach to service was rather misguided.
This restaurant has much of the same fabric and set-up as B’Est with the expected Indian detailing. The menu focuses on small sharing plates. Perhaps going as a solo diner wasn’t the smartest plan.
This was heightened when the friendly waitress recommended that I order just two dishes plus rice and bread. So, starter, main, side. Given that I ordered dal makhani as one of my dishes it essentially turned out starter, side, side. A rethink is necessary on that particular advice, I reckon.
Anyhoo, dishes promptly arrived and looked pretty routine. The dal was rather good. It packed warm spicing and was a comforting dish.
The fish lahori was a fairly decent dish in the style of fish pakora. The white fish was of good quality and again was pleasingly spiced. The accompanying roti was good.
So overall, Kama Sutra is a solid, if a little unspectacular, Indian option. It was much better than my disastrous trip to Ashoka so that was very welcome news. It’s worth a look if you’re passing but other Indian sharing dish restaurants nearby will likely please you more.
Blythe scores Kama Sutra
3.5/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 13.5/20
I ate: dal makhani, fish lahori, tandoori roti
I drank: lager
I wore: herringbone blazer
Total bill: £15.60
Address: 16 Drummond Street, Edinburgh EH8 9TX