Spoilt for Choice
- Telephone 0131 661 1183
- Opening times Tue–Thu & Sun 5–11pm; Fri/Sat 5–11.30pm
- Food served Tue – Sun 5pm - 11pm; Closed Mon
- Average price £11 (evening meal)
- Website spoiltforchoice1.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Billing itself as Edinburgh's new home of 'soul food' this Afro-Caribbean take away in Meadowbank has big plans: lunchtime opening starts in May 2012 and they are scouting sites for a dedicated restaurant. These are bold moves for a tiny site with just two tables and a funky curtain separating the counter and kitchen, but they are more than matched by the bold flavours appearing from behind said curtain. Fluffy bajan crab cakes are a Barbados speciality, a careful balance of sweet and spicy which are complimented by kosayi, a punchy West African dipping sauce. The Caribbean goat stew is about soulful as soul food gets, the rich, slow cooked meat a succulent treat. Jumping back across the Atlantic, yassa is a zesty chicken curry which goes perfectly with dodo (fried plantains). With excellent value set meals giving you the option to criss-cross potentially unfamiliar African and Caribbean cuisine with ease, Spoilt for Choice has been well named.
Specialising in Afro-Caribbean ‘soul food’, the eclectic and expansive menu of Spoilt for Choice is a significant departure from Edinburgh's typical takeaways. Caribbean Chicken Delight features chicken pieces marinated in honey and a blend of Jamaican spices served in a deliciously creamy coconut and pineapple sauce, a wonderful balance of sweet, savoury and spice. Goat stew comes with tender, slightly fatty chunks of goat in a rich tomato ragout. Side orders of dodo (fried plantain) and puff-puffs (small, savoury doughnuts) are the perfect accoutrement to these distinctive sauces, although conkies, a corn based, polenta-like dish seasoned with pumpkin and coconut is more of an acquired taste.
- High point: Huge range of unique, complex dishes.
- Low point: Tiny tables if you want to sit in.
- Delivery: £1.50 within 2 miles; £4 within 4 miles
- Provides: Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Caribbean hip-hop & regae
- Capacity: 6
- Largest group: No bookings, outside catering taken on.
- Open since: 2011
- BYOB: No charge corkage
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