Bollywood: The Coffee Box

Bollywood: The Coffee Box

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Takeaway curry stand situated on Edinburgh's Bruntsfield Links

Inspired by the street food culture she grew up with in India, Nutan Bala left her job as a support worker and opened the hatches on Edinburgh’s first curry and coffee stand. Except for a mixed vegetable dhal, which has proven so popular that it has become a fixture, the short simple menu varies each day. Chicken curry with pilau rice is seasoned to order and so the heat is tailored to your taste, though with the chicken served on the bone, it is a slightly awkward dish to eat on the hoof. Spice-studded parathas, or fried flat breads, are ideal for dipping in the hearty lentil and vegetable dhal. Chatting to the star of this one-woman show as she prepares your dish is one of the highlights of the experience. It might ensure you don’t miss the pakoras, for example, which showcase seasonal Scottish veg: spicy slightly sweet savoy cabbage pakora proving a seriously tasty winter treat. With plans to set up some seating on the pavement alongside when the weather improves you feel that this Bollywood dream may well have a happy ending.

Bollywood: The Coffee Box
99a Bruntsfield Place, Southside, Edinburgh EH10 4HG
07910 453121
Ave. price two-course lunch: £6

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