I’ve watched quite a bit of Rick Stein travelling across India, focusing as always on seafood, and the combination of seafood with fresh spice always appeals to me. I also, rightly or wrongly, assume it’s a healthier way to consume my Friday night curry!
During our Friday night stay at Braid Apartments on Thistle Street, we decided to take a walk along Princes Street and up Lothian Road to Bruntsfield and Konkana, Edinburgh’s only Indian restaurant dedicated to seafood.
It was quiet on the night we were there, which was a shame, as it deserves to be a lot busier. On a positive we had all the service to ourselves pretty much, and we had a lovely seat in the window.
We had the Pan Seared Scallops and Goan Fish Fry to share to start. I think chef fancied himself as a bit of a Jackson Pollock (excuse the fishy pun) with a ‘vibrant’ presentation of the sauces, which, by the way, were absolute delicious and packed full of fresh flavours. Both dishes were perfectly cooked – the pan seared scallops still juicy and not overwhelmed by the spice. The Goan fish fry was coated with the lightest of corn flour batters, ensuring that it was still a really gentle start to the meal. And you know what, I liked the presentation. Yes, it was very bright and colourful, but it put me in mind of Bollywood and those colourful saris.
Despite there being non seafood options, we both decided it was a must to go with options from the Indian Coastal Collection and the Konkana Traditional sections.
Alex chose the Machhere Jhol, a Bengali fish curry made with cod and assorted spices from the Bengal region of eastern India. One of the things I enjoyed about Konkana was the opportunity to try dishes from different regions and understanding that actual the cuisine is quite different as you move around, one of things highlighted in the cookery programmes I enjoy so much.
I’ve never had Indian spiced lobster so I had the Agni Lobster which was served with a hokum sauce and steamed rice. It was exciting trying something different and despite the sauce having a good kick, I could still taste the sweet meat of the lobster.
I’m not a huge fan of Indian desserts as I find them overly sweet, the same was true for the Mango Kulfi and Avocado Kulfi we tried, I am sure many would like them but they weren’t to my taste.
My aversion to sweet desserts aside, a fantastic meal and I would definitely go back. For me the starters were the real highlight so don’t just skip to mains!
Location: 30-32 Leven St, Edinburgh EH3 9LJ
Good for: Indian seafood