- Telephone 07865 895022
- Opening times Mon &Tue 11am–6pm; Wed–Sat 11am–8.30pm; Closed Sun.
- Food served Mon–Thu 11am–6pm; Fri/Sat 11am–8.30pm; Closed Sun.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu 11am–6pm; Fri/Sat 11am–8.30pm.
- Average price £5 (set lunch); £12 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £9
- Website punjabijunction.org
Social enterprise community cafe serving authentic Indian food in the heart of Leith.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Community enterprise Sikh Sanjog set up Punjabi Junction on Leith Walk to help empower and inspire minority ethnic women in the community. The café offers a short but interesting menu including starters, curries and a thali option. Poppadums are light and crisp, with homemade pickles and chutneys. The methi chicken with fenugreek is a revelation, full of flavour and great value for lunch or an early dinner and there are daily vegetarian specials too. It’s worth leaving room for the taster plate of handmade Indian sweets to finish; all almond, cardamom and cinnamon goodness. Inside, it’s a basic but cheery set up, or you can enjoy at home with the option of takeaway via Deliveroo. The café is very much at the heart of what they do here, but Punjabi Junction also offers cookery courses, outside catering, volunteering and training, proving that great food can be a force for social good.
- High point: Local gem benefitting the community
- Low point: Early closing hours may limit its appeal
- Notable dish: Methi chicken
- Delivery: Via Deliveroo
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Mixed Indian music
- Capacity: 30
- Largest group: 30 (or 50 for standing buffet)
- Open since: 2013
- BYOB: £1 corkage (Wine, beer and cider)