Mezbaan South Indian Restaurant
- Telephone 0131 229 5578
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–3pm, 5–11pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu 5–6.30pm
- Average price £12 (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £8.90
- Website www.mezbaan.co.uk
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
South Indian restaurants offer a refreshing change from the Punjabi-based menus normally on offer in Edinburgh. Old favourites are still available for the less adventurous, but for anybody looking to experiment, Mezbaan is a great place to start. Wheat or gluten intolerant diners will be delighted by giant dosas made with rice and lentil flour. Although offering a plethora of meat and vegetarian dishes, the restaurant specialises in seafood. The fish pollichathu starter is voluminous, taking two banana leaves to wrap it – thankfully, it seems that good things can come in big packages, too. From the main courses, the Goan chicken curry is satisfyingly warming for a cold winter’s night, but delicately spiced enough to be a summertime winner too. Anybody struggling to get their kids to eat vegetables might find the answer in a navrathan korma: it’s hard to believe veg can taste so indulgent. At Mezbaan, the benefits of having a chef who spends four days preparing his own garam masala spice blend are obvious.
- High point: A truly epicurean experience
- Low point: Avoid the draughty seat by the second door
Scotland has a few restaurants that specialise in south Indian cuisine. We are however the only restaurant in the pleasant city of Edinburgh. It is a fact that most Indian restaurants in Britain are not operated by Indians and serve mostly north Indian cuisine. Our goal is to bring to Scotland especially Edinburgh the glorious array of exotic south Indian cuisine.
South Indian food is one of the healthiest as it is mostly non-greasy, roasted and steamed. A large selection of popular food is vegetarian. Since the weather is hot and humid, rice is cultivated extensively and it forms an integral part of people’s diet. It is used in some form or the other – plain steamed rice with sambar, or fermented and steamed to make melt-in-the-mouth idlis (rice cakes) or made into crisp, hot dosas.
Steamed rice is normally served with sambar, rasam (a thin soup), dry and curried vegetables and a curd preparation called pachadi. Coconut is an important ingredient in all South Indian food. The South Indian dosa (rice pancakes), idli (steamed rice cakes) and vada, which is made of fermented rice and dal, are now popular throughout the country and are gaining popularity worldwide.
Mezbaan also provides a takeaway and delivery service. Our Restaurant is available for parties of up to 50 people during weekdays and weekends excluding evenings, including catering at the restaurant or a venue of your choice. Please see our website for more details and pricing.
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- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- Delivery: Minimum order £15; within a three-mile radius
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Capacity: 42
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 2005
- House wine: £11.50 per bottle
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