It’s not often I get the opportunity to venture outside of Edinburgh into some of the towns and villages outside, I do enjoy seeing what there is locally though. Town is great, but with it comes a bit of travel and the associated expense of that, I think it’s important for our towns to have good local restaurants too.
The award winning The Radhuni is just that, a good local restaurant that you can rely on. Located in Loanhead (with sister restaurant Ithaas a short drive away in Dalkeith), it offers quality Indian cuisine in a great setting.
From the front The Radhuni looks tiny, step inside and it opens into a very large space which has been thoughtfully broken up into spaces for families, larger parties, and smaller groups. It’s as ideal for a meal for two as it would be for a large family gathering (there was one family enjoying such an occasion when we were there and the noise was minimal).
We were there on a Sunday when they run their Sunday Banquet offer – two starters, and three mains for £12.95 per person, which was excellent value (another reason to dine out of town sometimes).
We kicked things off with the obligatory stack of poppadums with an accompanying pickle tray. I have an insatiable appetite for poppadums, it was a case of sharpen your elbows!
Our first starter was the Murgh Tikka Kebab – boneless chicken pieces charcoal grilled and served with a side salad and mint sauce. If you’re watching your calories, this is always a good option, followed by something from the Tandoori section.
We however were not watching our weight and dove straight into a crispy Onion Bhaji each!
The three main courses came cleverly presented in a nice platter. Don’t be deceived though, the portions are large and we didn’t get anywhere close to finishing. On the right is Murgh Mango, it tasted like a fruity twist on a korma, and only a bit spicier, so a nice one to try if you’re adverse to the fiery hot curries.
In the centre was the Chicken Shashlik Kebab which was similar to our starter but served with onions and green peppers.
On the left we had the Saag Prawn, this tasted almost creamy, spinach is cooked right down to create a sauce to go with the prawns.
Three nicely contrasting dishes served with pilau rice and a large garlic naan. There was more than enough for the two of us, so much so we couldn’t even manage a dessert.
If I was in the area I would definitely choose to eat at The Radhuni again, and I would always recommend it to locals.
Location: 93 Clerk Street, Loanhead
Price: Sunday Banquet £12.95
Good for: High quality Indian food out of town