Higher-end neighbourhood Indian restaurant with good value set menus and excellent breads.
For those who like it not so hot, Voujon’s takeaway menu could well hit the spot. Although it features most of the standard Indian dishes, several are described as mild or lightly spiced, for example the starter voll puri – a mix of chick peas and potatoes with a puri on top. Red Fort chicken and aloo mangshaw may be a bit bland for some – you can really taste the lamb in the latter despite its tag as medium hot, but the meat is fall-apart tender. While ghobi bora (deep-fried cauliflower balls) could be crisper – deep-fried dishes don’t travel so well – their Peshawari naan is one of the best.
Crisp white linen tablecloths and weighty menus backed with wood usually point to a higher-end – and higher-priced – establishment, but Voujon’s menu (especially the set meals) represents good value for money. To begin at the side, their breads are excellent – crispy, with just the right hint of charcoal from the tandoor. If you want to delegate your dinner decision try the fusion menu, which promises to ‘make Indian dining simple again’ by pairing mains such as murgh sagorana (a satisfying medium-spiced half tandoori chicken cooked with mincemeat) with the chef’s choice of accompaniments. The Bengali-influenced menu also offers plenty for vegetarians and pescatarians. Pane puri, pastry balls stuffed with chickpeas, potatoes, onions and coriander and served cold with tangy tamarind sauce make a crisp and piquant appetiser, while mains like macher jhool give salmon an opportunity to share the stage with coriander and a refreshing combination of lime juice, garlic and tomato.
- High point: Some of the best breads in Edinburgh
- Low point: Frozen desserts a bit lacklustre
- Notable dish: Murgh sagorana
- Delivery: Free for orders over £15 within two mile radius
- Private dining: Up to 20 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Traditional Indian music
- Capacity: 90
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 2003
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £13 per bottle