In Britain, we are obsessed with a good curry. It has taken its place alongside Fish and Chips as a national dish. So, naturally, when we were invited to dine at Voujon Restaurant in Newington, we couldn’t say no.
The trap that we always fall into when ordering Indian food is that we always order the same thing, time and again. Curry, rice, naan bread, job done. Tonight however, we decided to be a bit adventurous. For starter, we went for the Murgh Chicken Kebab which was served with a special sauce (a creamy mango style) and the King Prawn Pathia with Puri (prawns in a hot and sour sauce served on fried flatbreads). Both dishes were very tasty, in particular the prawns, which were perfectly cooked.
For main course, we went for the Punjabi Lamb Chops. These were sensational! Perfectly cooked, juicy lamb chops seasoned in spices and then grilled. All served with salad and garlic naan bread.
We couldn’t resist having a curry. However we did change it up a little and went for the Shatkora Chicken Curry. This Bangladeshi dish is a medium hot curry which is given a hint of lime flavour by using the shatkora fruit, indigenous to the region of Bangladesh this curry originates from. It was delicious, and the lime flavour cut through the richness of the curry.
In hindsight, the only misstep we made was ordering Ghee Bhat rice, which was a buttered rice dish with fried onions. This didn’t sit well with the dishes we had chosen, but was perfectly fine on its own. Overall, we had a terrific meal and were glad we’d branched out into different areas of Indian cuisine.
Voujon Indian and Bangladeshi Restaurant
Location: 107 Newington Road, Edinburgh
Price: Starters between £3.50-£7.95, Mains between £8.95-£17.95, Side dishes between £2.50-£4
Good for: Fine Indian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere.