My love of curry comes from growing up along the East Coast of South Africa, and the strong Indian communities that thrive there. I love a tasty, spicy curry but not a hot curry as well as all the other delicious dishes There are so many varieties of curries, dhals, biryanis and in my opinion no-one does better vegetarian dishes than Indian cuisine.
And so I was delighted to receive an invite to go along and review Voujon. Word is that Voujon is pretty good. I’d agree but wonderful would be my choice of word.
Voujon is located on the south side of the city, Newington way. Its light and bright inside, with a lovely modern contemporary interior. The staff are superb. Friendly, efficient, helpful and just overall nice.
But lets get onto the food. The menu is comprehensive offering a wide selection of starters, mains, vegetarian dishes, curries, fish and seafood, sides and breads.
Starters like Boti Lamb Kebabs; and the vegetable samosas tempted my tastebuds but I opted for the Chicken Pakora and my partner ordered the King Prawn Butterfly.
The starters are fairly substantial dishes. My chicken pakora was 4 large pieces of chicken breast fried in a spicy very light coating batter, served with a salad and what has to be one of the best sauces I have tasted. A creamy mango chutney based sauce with mint, coriander and yoghurt. It was a cold sauce but served over my pakoras, it was delicious.
My partner had the King Prawn Butterfly. These came coasted in a crispy bread crumb batter . The prawns where large, soft and succulent. This also came with a wee pot of that delicious sauce.
Next up, the mains. We ordered the essential accompaniments to any Indian meal – rotis, naan bread and rice, then chose our main dishes. Again I was so tempted by the likes of Tandoori Murgh which is a half spring chicken marinated and roasted in the clay oven; the Kerelan Chicken Curry and the Chicken Shahi Kurma. A very tough decision but I love fruit in my curry’s so I went for the Kashmiri Mhurgi which is chicken in a mild sauce with with lychees and pineapple. A subtle dish, a mix of sweet and soft spices. Rich and creamy sauce with lots of fruit and chicken.
My partner ordered the Lamb Passanda. A north Indian classic of marinated lamb cooked in mild creamy almond sauce. The lamb was superbly tender, and just melted in your mouth. Out of the two curry dishes, I preferred the lamb – it just hit the spot of tasty spiciness.
I was surprised to hear that Voujon had been open in Edinburgh for 12 years! It’s a true hidden gem.
Voujon are offering 15% off their food this August when you show them a valid Edinburgh Fringe Show ticket. Take them up on this offer. You will not regret it.
My Spoon Award : Gold