- Telephone 0131 667 1597
- Opening times Mon Wed–Sun 2–10.30pm.
- Food served Mon–Sun 2–11pm.
- Pre-theatre times 5.30–7.30pm (only on Festival Theatre performance days)
- Average price £13 (lunch); £13 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £9.95 two £10.95 three courses
- Website www.newsaffrani.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2014) edition.
Lurking in the deep shadow of Old College, New Saffrani is indeed new, having supplanted its predecessor in the autumn of 2013. A spartan and somewhat makeshift interior belies the commitment of a young team with a clear eye on the market and ambitions to match. Rather than compete with the local proliferation of cut-price student lunch menus, New Saffrani (the name comes from saffron, which is widely used in the cooking) opens at 2pm, thus scooping up late lunchers and those hungry enough to eat their evening meal in the afternoon. A slight unevenness in the cooking speaks of inexperience, rather than lack of skill, as the spices are well judged and differentiated between dishes. The spiced lamb chop starter burra chap attracts aficionados from all over the city and the Goan fish curry is over-sauced but it is presentation, not cooking, that is at fault here. Lamb garlic handi is tender and nicely marinated, and the haggis pakoras are worth trying. Watch this space: with a lick of paint and improved lighting this place will soon be better known.
- High point: Great range of flavours
- Low point: Drab decor
- Notable dish: Burrah Chap grilled marinaded lamb chops
Promoting True Taste of India. Eat from the street of India menu.
Our experienced chef is pleased to present New Saffrani to the curryholic Scottish public that has an insatiable inquisitiveness for new dishes, new ingredients and new experiences. Many of these dishes have never graced Scottish restaurants or are very hard to source. For guidance or to satisfy your curiosity, simply ask our chef, and he'll be only too happy to explain the origins of each dish.
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- Delivery: £1- £3
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 30
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2013
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £11.95 per bottle
- BYOB: Free corkage
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