Spice Lounge Kitchen
- Telephone 0131 476 9999
- Food served Sun–Thu noon–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–1am.
- Average price £6.95 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
- Website www.spiceloungekitchen.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2015) edition.
Don’t be deceived by appearances. What might appear an unprepossessing modern chain complex in the middle of suburban Corstorphine is in fact a well thought out and well laid out independent restaurant with separate bar and private dining area, and a stylish but understated spacious interior. More importantly, the food is seriously good, with impressive attention to detail. There are some carefully balanced homemade pickles with popadoms to start, and an Ajwani salmon appetiser is succulent and subtly flavoured. Main courses are strong on individual character but not overly spiced – Lucknow chicken, for example, is tender and vibrantly tasty – and the generous peshwari naan is filled to bursting with buttery coconut and dried fruits. A carefully prepared gajar ka halwa carrot dessert is full of deep, rich flavours. With friendly, attentive service, Indian tapas bites available at the bar, and even a selection of fusion options (tandoori sizzler pizza, anyone?) this welcoming, accomplished establishment is well worth a trip to the suburbs.
- High point: Carefully prepared, subtly flavoured food
- Low point: Dining room can feel rather cavernous when quiet
- Notable dish: Richly flavoured gajar ka halwa carrot dessert
- Delivery: ask for details
- Private dining: Up to 120 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Indian pop
- Capacity: 240
- Largest group: 100
- Open since: June 2012
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 7
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle