9 Cellars Thali
This restaurant has ceased trading.
- Telephone 0131 557 9899
- Food served Sun/Mon 5.30–11pm; Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5.30–11pm.
- Average price £6.95 (set lunch); £18 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £10.95
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This review is taken from the 2012 edition.
NOTE: Currently closed for refurb. Don’t judge this restaurant by the glowing photographs of food in the window display. To get an idea, just speak to chef and owner Phool Thakur, who’ll tell you of his history cooking in some fine establishments in India, and now serves much more than the usual biryanis. Starters are artfully presented, such as a neat arrangement of lime-marinated king prawns dotted with carom seeds, or ‘Guirati Aloo Tikki’, a small mashed potato cake with mint yoghurt. Oddly despite ‘thali’ being in the name, it isn’t offered on the standard menu, but make sure to ask for it because it’s a great way to sample more of their dishes such as butter chicken or fish balchao, a spicy Goan dish made with dried shrimp paste. Mop it up with some of their puffy poori bread, which you might not need if you’ve ordered a giant dosa, crispy and yielding tasty masala filling. There’s a short selection of Indian desserts, but if you’re lucky you’ll end the evening with more stories from Thakur of family, cricket and, of course, food. A refurb was planned in spring 2012 as this guide went to press.
- High point: Giant dosa pancakes
- Low point: Some of the tables are awkwardly placed
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
- Delivery: Free within 1-mile radius
- Private dining: Up to 20 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu
- Music on stereo: Authentic Indian and cool Bollywood
- Capacity: 75
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 2003
- House wine: £11.95 per bottle
- BYOB: £1 corkage
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