This restaurant has ceased trading.
It's all change at Punjabi Junction, as they adapt to the evolving situation on Leith Walk. The café is now available for private hire only, but you can catch them around town at various markets and every weekday at the King's Buildings. The review below refers to their much-loved Leith Walk café.
This homespun community café has a giant Indian rail map painted on the wall where the stations have been replaced with spices. Among the lesser-known ones is ajwain, whose seeds give a wonderful thyme-like flavour to the fish curry which, as the menu proudly states, featured on Paul Hollywood’s TV show Puds & Pies. You can have it on its own or as part of the Punjabi Junction thali, served on a metal tray with chapatti, rice and tarka dhal (yellow lentils) – for those on a tight budget it’s around a fiver on Tuesday nights. For starters, the crispy, deep-fried pakoras are a delight and come with the sweetest, tangiest homemade carrot chutney in town. Aubergine or haggis pakora (quite fiery) is particularly good, and if you want a selection, pick the full pakora platter as a main. For drinks, it’s water and fruit juice or free BYOB – some well-hopped local craft beer would be ideal.
- Delivery: https://deliveroo.co.uk/menu/edinburgh/leith/punjabi-junction
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Indian instrumental
- Capacity: 35
- Largest group: 35
- Open since: 2010
- BYOB: Free corkage
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