The Vinyasa restaurant have recently launched a Monday Curry Club, where every 4 weeks they offer up a new selection of Indian and Bengali/Bangladeshi cuisine and we were kindly invited along and try out their dishes for May. After a day wandering around Edinburgh, it was good to nip down a quiet side street (just off the Royal Mile) and get away from the crowded streets. Inside the restaurant is modernly styled and brightly decorated so we had high hopes that the food would be just as fresh and stylish.
For £14.95 you get three courses, with a choice of two for the starters and a choice of three for the mains. I went for the Fiaza – lentil pakora. Crisp, not greasy at all like some pakora can be. Very light tasting. It was a little strange as I’m used to pakora with chunks of vegetable or meat. Ideal for a starter.
Mr D went for Shami Kebab, which is basically a burger of meat, chickpeas and spices. The two slices was a large portion, so good if you are hungry but too much for Mr D (and even me). The spices were very strong (but not hot) and overpowered the dish. We both thought grilling the burger would be in tune with our tastebuds. Chicken Saag – the king of meat. Mr D loved this. A good amount of spinach, tasty and tender melt-in-the-mouth chicken and full of flavour. Again the portion was a good size. Lamb with spices and baby potatoes. I love lamb curries and this one hit the spot again. Tender and almost fragile lamb pieces fell off the bone. The potatoes soaked in the spicy coating. A good balance of meat and potato in order to enjoy both parts.
We were recommended the Tarka Dhal to go with the lamb. It was a little too smooth for me, but Mr D loved it. The fried onions permeated the dhal and went well with the rice and chicken. Gulub Jamun for dessert – Thumbs up from both myself and Mr D, deliciously creamy ice cream and cardamom tasting Gulub’s completed a good meal.
Overall, friendly helpful service and good location, if you like meat on the bone then this is well worth the money for the meaty flavours and big portions (so big that we even had a doggy bag to take away with us and Mr Foodie had this for lunch the following day so he was very happy!). Although the spices used were strong, heat-wise the dishes were mild, so if you’re looking for something hot you may have to ask for extra spices or go for something from the regular menu. Recommend for a Monday night back-to-work cheer up.