The Spice Pavilion
- Telephone 0131 467 5506
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–11.30pm; Sun 5–11.30pm.
- Average price (set lunch); £19 (evening meal)
- Website www.thespicepavilion.co.uk
Basement restaurant nestled in Edinburgh’s art gallery district, serving North-West Indian frontier-style cuisine.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
The Spice Pavilion focuses on North-West Indian frontier-style cuisine. Minimalist décor of creams, red accent walls, wood, and exposed stonework, create a bright and fresh ambience within this basement restaurant. A large menu covers a lot of bases – a reduced offering of more distinct dishes would simplify choosing. To start, jingha pakora – deep-fried king prawns in a golden, crispy, spiced batter with a trio of tasty dips. For mains, the chutney fish tikka triggers the senses before it even reaches the table, the aroma of the salmon fillet heralding its arrival on the sizzling plate. The fish, marinated and grilled in the tandoor with green chilli, fresh mint and a coconut-based chutney, is delicately cooked and flavoursome. On the vegetarian side, roast aubergine dopiaza offers chunky aubergine, steamed then roasted in the tandoor with peppers in a spicy, garlicky sauce. With fresh and well-executed food, great service, consideration for dietary requirements, and a fantastic lunch deal, the Spice Pavilion is a strong option for a curry, day or night.
- High point: Three-course lunch for under £9
- Low point: Boring selection of bought-in desserts
- Notable dish: Chutney fish tikka
- Delivery: £1 charge: EH1-EH7; £2 charge: EH8-EH14
- Private dining: Up to 35 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs
- Music on stereo: Indian music
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: April 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £16 per bottle