Zest (Edinburgh) : Review

15 North Street
Andrew Street
Edinburgh, EH2 1HJ

V: 17th November 2018      T:  0131 556 5028  W: www.zest-restaurant.co.uk

Child-Friendly: Yes (well-behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I have never been to Edinburgh so much in one year than I have this year and guess what I am back again to review an Indian restaurant.

The guys at Zest were really nice to invite me to come and try a few dishes from their menu, which I kindly accepted and added the date to my calendar.

I took the bus from Glasgow bus station to Edinburgh this time, as the last time I took the train which is mega costly…this time the bus was £10 return which is really good…..so you have no excuse not to come to Edinburgh to try this place or the other places I have reviewed.

First Impression :

On entering I was greeted by the staff and asked where I would like to sit, I told them wherever and they showed me to a window seat so I could enjoy the view while eating.

The atmosphere tonight was very nice, as it wasn’t too busy when I went in, but gradually did get busier….plus they do have music playing in the background but at a nice level it’s not overpowering or disturbing your chats at the table.

Time to look at the menu…

As always the prices in Edinburgh are always that little bit more than Glasgow, but you are looking at about £1 to £3 max so it’s not too much more.

The menu here looked really good, and price wise good too. There were so many dishes I wanted to try, but I selected a starter and a main.

The Food…

The manager? owner? came over to the table and introduced himself and suggested rather than I order a starter and a main he would bring a sample of the starters and a few curries to try……this sounded perfect as I was a hungry boy.

Starter Sample

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Normally I can tell you what the dish name is and its cost, but since this was a sample of a few starters that is a little harder.

On the plate was: Vegetable Pakora, Chicken Pakora, Lamb and Chicken Tikka

I am not just saying this but the Vegetable and Chicken Pakora was really!!!! good! and the Lamb was so so tender it was cooked to perfection.

I am very impressed with this starter, as I was only going to select the Vegetable Pakora so it was great that I got to try more.

Portion Size : n/a
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : n/a

Main Course

WOW, so our table was very full of food once all this arrived.

So we were brought four dishes, and they all looked good. The above photo shows all for together, and individually so you can see them better.

Dish 1 : Matar Paneer

If you have had Saag Paneer before then this is very similar, and just as nice and so easy to eat. It was cooked perfectly and had a really nice taste.

Dish 2 : A Lamb dish (can’t remember its exact name)

Just like the starter the lamb in this curry was so so tender, again cooked to perfection and the best Lamb dish I have had!

Dish 3 : P297 Special

This is a chicken dish, and again just like the starter the chicken was perfectly cooked!

Dish 4: Salmon Country Captain

The salmon just broke up, and the flavours mmmm I am getting hungry just typing this.

And there was more…

I was also given some rice and a Pashwari Naan (my fav)

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This is my favourite naan, as I have a sweet tooth and this is a sweet naan.

The bread was nice and thin, yet just crispy enough and the filling very sweet so it was perfect for me.

I could have easily had more of this 🙂

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : n/a

Overall

Firstly I would like to thank Zest for my invite, and all the really good food.

I would also like to say as always just because I got an invite, the review you just read is 100% my own thoughts and 100% honest.

Overall I am glad I got to come to Zest, I had a really good meal and a very relaxing evening.

Zest will be another one from Edinburgh, that I will be adding to my top spots so do check them out.

Thanks guys and see you soon 🙂

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 4
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: n/a due to invite
  • Overall : 5

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Konkana Indian Seafood (Edinburgh) : Review

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30-32 Leven Street
Edinburgh
EH3 9LJ

V: 27th October 2018      T:  0131 228 6694  W: www.konkana.co.uk

Child-Friendly: Yes (well-behaved kids)      Accepts: Cash & Card


I was lucky enough to be invited back to Edinburgh to try Konkana.

Konkana is a unique Indian seafood restaurant in Edinburgh and only a short walk from Princess Street…..around 20mins.

I like Indian food and I like seafood so this sounded like a perfect combo for me, so I headed for the restaurant.

From their website…

For true foodies, Konkana will be more than just a seafood restaurant, it is an experience…a wholesome, satisfying and elevating experience in Edinburgh! Konkana is named after the Konkan region of India that is most popular for its seafood and Fish specialities. Konkana is our attempt to bring to you the best seafood in Edinburgh, with fresh locally sourced fish and meat with a variety of flavours from the Indian coastline.

First Impressions :

On arrival I was welcomed and shown to my table, this is when I had a nosy around and took a few snaps.

This is a very nice looking restaurant inside, very clean modern and classy. There was also background music, which was at a nice low level and I could easily hear the person sitting opposite me without any shouting.

Staff are very friendly and helpful…..but now it was time to try the food.

The Food…

I aimed to have 3 courses, and pick something random from each to see how it was.

Starter

Chilli Squid £6.50 (Tonight n/a)
Tender pieces of squid with a crispy and spicy coating of crushed chilli served with carrot & radish salad and homemade sweet and spicy mango chutney.

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This was presented really nice, and the smell instantly made my mouth water so it was time to dig in.

This is 1000% the best crispy squid I have ever had!!!, the squid was not chewy it was cooked to perfection.

If you come here this is highly highly recommended!!!!

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : n/a tonight

Main Course

Crab Banjara – Konkani Style Whole Meal £17.90 (tonight n/a) & Peshawari Naan £3.95 (n/a tonight)
A popular whole meal is a typical Indo-Portuguese meal from Goa, Daman and Diu a region along the west coast of today’s India which was once part of the Portuguese State of India. This softshell crab meat marinated with special Konkani spices with a touch of Bell pepper, coconut cream and lime tempered with Mustard Seeds and curry leaves served with tempura king prawn and Coconut Rice.

I had picked another dish with the coconut rice, but the waiter recommended this dish as it comes with the rice and said was nicer…..so I opted to go with his recommendation.

Instantly as soon as the plates hit the table it was instant eye candy and mmmmmm what a smell so good.

I started with the naan! This style of naan is my favourite and what I have found is every restaurant I get this in its always done very differently.

This was very nice again, done differently to other places, the naan was thinner slightly more crispy but the flavour was just as good.

The main dish now….

I tried the rice, then the curry then both together and mmmmm really this was so good!

I am so glad the waiter tonight recommended this, as I could have easily have had seconds.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : n/a tonight

Dessert

GULABJAMUN £5.00 (tonight n/a)
Classic Indian dessert recipe Gulab Jamun – Fluffy cardamom-spiced doughnut holes soaked in rose and cinnamon syrup.

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This is my favourite Indian dessert, and when I see it on the menu I always get it.

On arrival I noticed that there were nuts sprinkled around the plate, this is nice but I can’t take nuts. A few restaurants have started doing this, it might be good to mention that before bringing it to the table so they can add or not add.

This was very nice and again tasted really good.

My two issues well one you have read is the nuts, and secondly well the presentation…I think you know what I am saying here……I will leave that one here.

Overall

Firstly a big thanks for Konkana for my invite.

Just as always even though tonight I was invited to try the restaurant’s food, my review is 100% honest and true to my thoughts.

I am so glad I got invited here! here is another restaurant that will be going on my top spots as I can’t fault it and the food really good!!

Highly recommended!!!!

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5

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Taisteal (Edinburgh) : Review

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1-3 Raeburn Place
Edinburgh EH4 1HU

V: 20th October 2018      T:  0131 332 9977  W: www.taisteal.co.uk

Child-Friendly: Yes (well-behaved kids)       Accepts: Cash & Card


The guys at Taisteal were kind enough to invite me for dinner, to try the food so I made a date and visited. Taisteal is a family run restaurant, that uses locally sourced high-quality Scottish ingredients.

I visit Edinburgh probably around twice maybe three times a year, I do this every year as its nice to have a little day trip here every now and then.

Normally when I visit Edinburgh I stay in the main areas, so when I saw the address of Taisteal I had to use Google Maps to find it. To be honest here is very easy to find, and I am so glad they invited me as I wouldn’t have seen how nice this location is.

This area that Taisteal is situated in is very nice, its got a really nice look and feel to it and many nice little shops….its worth a visit if you’re coming to Edinburgh.

After a little walk about this area, now it was time to go to the restaurant.

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This was a very nice looking restaurant inside, I loved the feel and atmosphere plus there was music in the background but at a very good level where you can actually hear the people you’re sitting with.

I was given both the main menu plus the market menu to choose from….now it was time to pick something.

To be honest this was very difficult to do, as most of the main dishes sounded very good.

I opted for off the main menu…

While waiting I was brought some bread and butter. I was told by the staff that the butter was smoked, to be honest, I never had smoked butter before so this would be interesting.

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The bread was nice, and the butter was interesting.

Its hard to actually describe the taste, it was nice but I am not sure its something I would have again but it was an interesting taste.

The Food…

Starter

Caramelised Cauliflower & Coconut Soup £6.00 (Tonight £n/a)

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I am not a soup person, which is why you never really see me have it.

Tonight I saw this on the menu, and to be honest with you the sound of it sounded very nice and interesting so I had to try it.

Going by the photo the bowl is deeper, and you get a good portion.

The taste for this was so so so good!!!! it was a nice thick creamy soup with an amazing taste.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : n/a tonight

Main Course

Pan-Fried Hake, Crab Cannelloni, Courgettes, Brown Butter Crumb £16 (Tonight £n/a)

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As I said at the start of this review, I found it very difficult to make a choice for my main as a few dishes sounded so good…..but I opted for the fish.

Fish is something again I don’t really go for, so I thought let’s have a change and try it.

I started with the Crab Cannelloni, the flavours were good and it was nice and tender.

Next was the Hake, normally I avoid fish due to bones but I didn’t have any in this. The fish broke apart with ease, and had a nice hint of lemon and was very nice.

Everything was cooked perfectly about this dish.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : n/a tonight 

There is always room for a dessert…

Dessert

Salted Caramel Baked Alaska £6.5 (Tonight £n/a)

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On arrival, I noticed it had nuts sprinkled around it, which I can’t take so I pushed them to one side and dug in.

Mmmmm this was so good and a perfect end to a perfect night.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : n/a tonight 

Overall

Well, I am very happy I got tonights invite, firstly I found a part of Edinburgh that I never have been to and really liked and also found a great restaurant! Just like always guys even though this meal was free, its a 100% honest review.

I really liked here, the prices are ok if you consider the quality of the ingredients used and how good it tastes. As I also mentioned at the start, if the main prices are a little too costly for you….they do have a market menu which is a great price for this amazing food.

For me, Edinburgh has many places to eat, but most are just ok. Taisteal is now on my top spots to eat in Edinburgh and I will be recommending it to everyone when they visit Edinburgh.

Thanks again Taisteal for the invite!!!

See you soon.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 5
  • Overall : 5

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