June 1, 2018 Indian, Leith No Comments

Desi Pakwan

I visited Desi Pakwan just after it opened and was equal parts impressed by what I had and slightly baffled by the set-up. I was long overdue a revisit not least because on my first visit I had burger and chips as a main course which isn’t a traditionally sound way to judge an Indian restaurant.


The interior is still a slightly awkward space with an open kitchen which gives a great view of the chefs at work dominating the fairly compact space. They’ve got the seating arranged much better than before so that was good to see. Things feel a good deal smarter.

Service is friendly if a little haphazard. It felt like they were slightly struggling to balance the demands of sit-in and takeaway custom, but they just about managed it.


The menu remains truly massive and it took me quite a while to consider my options. I eventually settled upon the lamb chops to start then followed with the lamb saag with naan and black daal accompaniments.

I started with poppadoms and the pickle tray. The lime pickle was particularly good and the spiced onions were very good, too.

Three generous lamb chops then arrived with a nicely spiced crust and some good char from the open flame cooking. They were deeply satisfying.

Saag, daal, naan

The main course elements maintained that impressive standard. The naan was as big as a sail and lightly pillowy. The daal makhani was as good as I’ve been served in the city. The lamb saag was simply done and all the better for that. I really enjoyed it.

So overall, Desi Pakwan is right up there with the best Indian food you’ll find in the city. I was hugely impressed with everything I ate and would strongly recommend paying it a visit. You may find things a little chaotic, but that only added to the charm for me.

Blythe scores Desi Pakwan
4.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20

I ate: poppadom and pickle tray, lamb chops, lamb saag, daal makhni, naan

I drank: water

I wore: olive shirt

Total bill: £26.90

Address: 61 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 8LS

Written by BKR