Spoilt for Choice

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Spoilt for Choice
19 Marionville Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5TY
  • Telephone 0131 661 1183
  • Opening times Tue–Sun 5pm–11pm; Closed Mon.
  • Food served Tue–Sun 5pm–11pm; Closed Mon.
  • Average price £11 (evening meal)
  • Website www.spoiltforchoicetakeaway.co.uk
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Big soulful flavours and a litany of intriguing, unusual dishes – this African/Caribbean takeaway really will leave you spoilt for choice.

Takeaway review
Specialising in Afro-Caribbean ‘soul food’, the eclectic and expansive menu of Spoilt for Choice is a significant departure from Edinburgh's typical takeaways. Caribbean Chicken Delight features chicken pieces marinated in honey and a blend of Jamaican spices served in a deliciously creamy coconut and pineapple sauce, a wonderful balance of sweet, savoury and spice. Goat stew comes with tender, slightly fatty chunks of goat in a rich tomato ragout. Side orders of dodo (fried plantain) and puff-puffs (small, savoury doughnuts) are the perfect accoutrement to these distinctive sauces, although conkies, a corn based, polenta-like dish seasoned with pumpkin and coconut is more of an acquired taste.

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Big soulful flavours and a litany of intriguing, unusual dishes from almost 20 different African and Caribbean countries means this unassuming Meadowbank takeaway more than lives up to its name. Sure, there are well-known favourites such as jerk chicken wings, fried plantain and rice and peas, but it’s the unfamiliar options that really stand out. Kitoza exotic, a spicy, crispy dried-beef dish from Madagascar is lip-smackingly good, while the Nigerian akara (fritters made with black-eyed peas and spices) are surprisingly moreish. But best of all are the dangerously addictive puff-puffs; small savoury doughnuts that go great paired with koyasi, a tangy dipping sauce available by the tub or bottle.

  • Average price: £11 (dinner)
  • Delivery: Varies according to postcode from £1.80–£3.90
  • Provides: Halal options, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Caribbean hip-hop & regae
  • Capacity: 6
  • Largest group: No bookings, outside catering taken on.
  • Open since: 2011
  • BYOB: No charge corkage