- Telephone 0131 558 1947
- Food served Sun–Thu noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–11pm
- Pre-theatre times Daily 3–5pm
- Average price £13 (set lunch); £23 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £16
- Website www.khushis.com
An Edinburgh institution which continues to serve interesting and well-executed Indian dishes nearly 60 years after first opening its doors.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Khushi’s has become an Edinburgh institution. Despite the unfortunate loss of their Victoria Street restaurant to fire back in 2008, the resilient family team re-opened three years later in this, their sixth incarnation. At the top of Leith Walk, the large restaurant’s eclectic interior combines bentwood-style furniture and monochrome flooring with oriental lanterns, and luxurious turquoise and gold silk damasks. The menu reflects this, featuring old favourites like jalfrezi alongside more unusual offerings. To start, prawn kolhapuri delivers succulent marinated king prawns coated in a light crispy batter, with aromatic cumin and curry leaf. A main of home-style chicken curry is simple, yet satisfying, with roast cumin, onion and tomatoes. To help refresh the palette, there are the ever-popular lassis plus a few more interesting fruit-based concoctions. Edinburgh’s Indian scene has developed since Khushi’s first opened its doors nearly 60 years ago, but reliably tasty food, a bustling atmosphere and BYOB with no corkage explains its continued popularity. For those with special dietary requirements, a full allergen list is available.
- High point: The unusual, enticing starters
- Low point: Being so busy, service can be slightly abrupt
- Notable dish: Prawn kolhapuri
- Private dining: 70/40
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Indian music at a low volume
- Capacity: 230
- Largest group: 70
- Open since: 1947
- BYOB: free corkage corkage (Wine or beer, no spirits. Recycling charge of 25p per bottle, or take your empties home.)