Modern neighbourhood Indian restaurant in Dalkeith with a big reputation, a warm welcome and some sizzling dishes.
Indian dining in Edinburgh is almost enjoying something of a moment, with several new restaurants turning up the heat. Itihaas is neither a newcomer, nor in the city (Dalkeith is 8 miles south), so the fact it consistently draws city diners, as well as a proudly local following, speaks volumes. Serving up mid-priced Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine in a modern environment, the welcome is polished but nonetheless genuine. Starters demonstrate as much attention to detail as the main event. A tandoori yoghurt-coated quarter chicken and sabzi pakora (deep fried balls of gram flour and shredded onion) are reassuringly familiar choices, elevated by deft spicing and discernibly fresh ingredients. For mains the menu is strong on balti, biryani and tandoor options, and also offers a good range of speciality dishes like medium-spiced green herb lamb, with a fresh and pleasantly piquant sauce combining green pepper, coriander, ginger and spring onion. Set meals and banquets are well priced and popular. Allergens are clearly marked and for a small packaging charge you can take leftovers home, so fill your plate!
- High point: Ambience and food quality consistently high
- Low point: 20-30 minutes travel time from central Edinburgh
- Notable dish: Tandoor chicken (starter). Quarter spring chicken marinated in yoghurt with delicate herbs and spices, skewered and roasted in a clay oven.
- Delivery: £1.50 – £2. Selected areas , Sun–Thu only.
- Private dining: Up to 25 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 in background.
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
- House wine: £14 per bottle