January 11, 2018 Indian, Leith No Comments


I’d had a couple of deliveries from Slumdog, an Indian at the top of Leith, which had proved rather inconclusive so on a lightly drizzling evening I popped into their shop on Elm Row to see if sitting-in offered me a more coherent experience.

Part of my confusion had arisen from navigating their very broad menu which blends styles and offers both classic and more innovative dishes.

Having tried items from their street food selection as well as their black daal, with decidedly mixed results, I opted for a more conventional approach this time.


I started with their sweet potato tikki then followed with classic railway lamb with a saag aloo side and plain naan bread.

Dishes arrived promptly throughout as befitted a place that largely focusses on delivery custom.

Saag aloo with lamb in background

First up were the sweet potato tikki. These featured crisp shells and a soft centre as advertised but lacked the complexity of spicing that I’d expected. The same can be said for the accompanying tomato sauce. It was a decent starter but little beyond.

The main course was rather better and notable for being a very well judged portion. The lamb was beautifully tender and the sauce seasoned pleasingly. The saag aloo was good and the naan bread very light and crisp. I enjoyed it.


So overall, I enjoyed my sit-in experience at Slumdog more than I had enjoyed their delivery service. Perhaps this is because I navigated the menu slightly better, but I also enjoyed the simple cafe set-up of their eatery. It’s conveniently located for me so I can imagine returning when a quick bite on the go is required. I’d recommend you visit when in need of similar.

Blythe scores Slumdog
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20

I ate: sweet potato tikki, railway lamb curry, saag aloo, plain naan

I drank: water

I wore: return to work clobber

Total bill: £24.43

Address: 38-39 Elm Row, Edinburgh EH7 4AH

Written by BKR