An Edinburgh institution which continues to serve interesting and well-executed Indian dishes nearly 60 years after first opening its doors.
Khushi’s first opened in Edinburgh's Potterow in 1947 and its name remains synonymous with ‘curry’ in the capital. Intoxicating aromas lure the lion’s share of walk-ins in an area packed with pre-theatre competition. Inside the décor tastefully fuses monochrome with brights, and low-key music and lighting encourage conversation without compromising ambience. But that's just a warm-up. The well-executed menu, a generous belt notch above standard Indian fare, brings signature starters; an entire section devoted to the tandoor and a complement of refreshing mocktails earn Khushi’s its spot at the top table. To start, prawn kolhapuri is redolent of cumin and curry leaf, delicately coated in chickpea flour to produce crisp but yielding mouthfuls. In a venue producing its own dairy products, it would be remiss not to sample the saag paneer as a side or main: it’s a contrast of smooth spinach, garlic and tempered cumin and firm salty curd. Khushi's is a versatile and trusted favourite to return to and recommend.
- High point: Veg pakora with lots of lovely touches
- Low point: One is no fun: the specials board is in need of reinforcements
- Notable dish: Pakora chat–vegetable pakora with spiced chick pea, mint, tamarind and sweet chilli dressing.
- 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.)