- Telephone 0131 661 6888
- Opening times Mon, Wed–Sun 5.30–11pm; closed Tue.
- Food served Wed– Mon 5.30–11pm. Closed Tue.
- Average price £15 (evening meal)
Low-key, off the beaten track, Indian restaurant, offering a varied menu, friendly service and reasonably priced food.
One of the strongest Indian restaurants in the vicinity, Rivage doubles up as a top-quality Indian takeaway. Bookings can be made easily over the phone and staff offer speedy and accurate times for collection (the restaurant has yet to branch out to home delivery). A variety of tandoori standards and inventive specials share top billing, with staple curry accoutrements such as naan breads and pakora executed to such an accomplished standard that they must be amongst the best in the city.
Rivage’s unobtrusive façade is slightly off the beaten track and so easily missed – so kudos to them for achieving their 10-year anniversary recently. Personable service, the option to BYOB, low lighting and an open kitchen create a low-key feel; while head chef Ryad Meeajane presiding over the tandoor adds a note of drama. This commitment to authentic Indian cooking is further shown in the menu, with many less familiar options such as hyderbadi biryani (prepared in a sealed pot and fragranced with rose petals, saffron and sweet spices). Tandoori rack of lamb is a lot of meat for the money but the lamb can be a bit dry. Vegetable cashew korma is particularly memorable – neither claggy nor sweet. Touches like complimentary puri, fresh pineapple salsa and whole red pepper garnishes doubling as lanterns show real attention to detail. Even if the odd dish doesn’t quite reach the heights of the best offerings, there’s much to merit a return visit, not least the exceptionally good value.
- High point: Good range of freshly prepared accompaniments
- Low point: Décor now a little tired
- Notable dish: Vegetable cashew korma
- Private dining: Up to 24 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Indian film music
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £12 per bottle
- BYOB: no charge corkage