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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Dockyard Social Event (West End, Glasgow) : Review

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95 Haugh Road
Finnieston
G3 8TY Glasgow
United Kingdom

V: 26th October 2018.    W: dockyardsocial.com


While I was at work I got an email in my inbox, and it was an invite to come to a place called the Dockyard Social for a blogger event. The Dockyard is a place I had heard the name a few times, but to be honest not really much about it.

The Dockyard was on my list to visit, so I kindly accepted the invite and added it to my calendar.

Dockyard Social is a new street food and bar hub near Finnieston, close to the SECC, Hydro and the West End.

After work, I made my way over to the Dockyard…

First Impressions :

When my taxi arrived outside I was thinking to myself “is this the right place”, it looked like a big warehouse….so this was interesting.

On entering the building wow it was massive and very cool inside.

Tonight apart from the blogger event, there was a Halloween event happening so that’s why it has all the funky spooky items everywhere.

We were given a welcome cocktail which was very nice, one was Melon (not a fan) and the other looked interesting as it had a syringe….yup that’s the one I went for.

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While enjoying my cocktail, I took a walk around seeing what food stalls were here.

These food stalls are always here, and what a variety you get to pick from. You have so many options, you have to have a little something from a few. I am not sure if they are always here, or if the vendors change to give you constant variety.

Plus there was a few more, but it was very busy and I didn’t get a chance to take photos.

It was now time to have something to eat, as I was very hungry so this was going to be a tough choice as there was so many nice items to pick from today.

The Food..

Tonight I opted to get two items, one from one stand and one from another.

NomNam : Korean Fried Chicken Wings £5

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Well, these looked and smelled very nice, now it was time to taste.

WOW, these were very good….and VERY messy but worth every bite and mess all over my fingers and mouth. The flavour was really good and very moreish.

Value for money was REALLY good, and if you visit Dockyard do try these.

Lit : Salt & Szechuan Pepper Chicken Wrap £5

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This was on my list to try all night, as it sounded so good.

Firstly all this for £5 wow really good, and the smell was amazing.

Every bite of this was really good, the flavour of the chicken with everything else was perfect.

Cocktails…

I noticed that they did cocktails, and all of them sounded very good

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Overall

This is a very cool place, and if you follow them on their Dockyard Social Facebook Page you will see they do many fun events.

I will definitely be going back as it was a very good evening, and the atmosphere was really fun.

Street food is fast becoming one of the most popular ways to eat out in Glasgow and having Dockyard on the scene just makes it even easier to have your Street Food fix.

Please do take a visit here to one of the event, its a very cool place with really good street food.

See you guys soon and thanks again 🙂

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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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