I was in need of a light dinner as I strode down Leith Walk towards a cocktail or two at Mamasan’s. Punjabi Junction soon presented itself as the ideal solution for the purpose.
It had been back in the days when it was trading as Punjab’n De Rasoi that we’d last visited for a review. The spirit of social enterprise remains the same and the name is now a little easier to get your tongue round.
Service was typically relaxed and welcoming. The kitchen is always a hive of activity so sometimes there’s a little pause while tools are downed and customers are welcomed, but I was straightaway sitting down and being run through the daily changing specials.
A seasonal Diwali special of aloo chana with puris and lightly sweetened rice sounded good to me. I added some fish pakora to start.
The latter were soon with me looking very good. They proved an enjoyable eat with good quality white fish in crisp, warmly spiced batter. It was a very pleasing opener.
The main course maintained the standard of simple, high quality cooking. The puffed puris were a real joy and good for mopping up the delicious sauce of the veggie curry. The rice embodied the bright fireworks of the Diwali festival.
So overall, it was lovely to revisit Punjabi Junction. The cooking was highly accomplished making it a place I really should spend more time in. I recommend it to you next time Indian food is what’s required.
Blythe scores Punjabi Junction
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
I ate: fish pakora; aloo chana served with puris and methi chawl
I drank: water
I wore: grey pinstripes
Total bill: £10.98
Address: 122-124 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5DT