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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Banana Leaf (Glasgow, West End) : Review

76 Old Dumbarton Road
Glasgow G3 8RE, UK

V: 12th April 2018      T:  0141 334 44445  W: www.bananaleafglasgow.com

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


Banana Leaf has been on my list for a long time now, and for some reason I haven’t visited it till now….not sure why maybe just depending on what I felt like to eat on the day.

On entering the decor and atmosphere is very nice, and a little fancy.

We were taken to our table and sat down, while I was getting comfy I had a look about. This was VERY nice inside, and everything felt like had to be perfect.

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While we were waiting for our food to arrive, I noticed the manager? was teaching a girl how the tables should be set and everything had to be in a specific area and perfect. I really like this touch, as it shows that the restaurant cares even about the little things.

The Food…

I don’t know what this was called, but this was given to us while waiting and told it was to help refresh out palates.

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This was nice.

We just asked for when the items were ready to just bring them out, so it was a mix of starters and mains.

Mains

Roasted Duck Slices stuffed with Prawn and Chicken Meat £13.90
served in a plum sauce

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This looked very nice, though a little more salad than I would like (but you know am not a salad guy).

I tried a little first and BANG WOW!!!! this was soooo tasty I LOVED it!!! So it was time to dig in and enjoy my meal.

This was a very very good option for me, normally I would have avoided it as duck is hit and miss for me….but tonight this was really good and I would order this again.

Portion Size : 5
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 4

Roti Canai (Indian Influenced Crispy Flatbread) £4.80
served with curry sauce

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I have had Roti before, so I thought lets try it here and this was originally my starter but as I said I asked them to bring it all at once.

Again this was very nice, very light and the curry sauce was REALLY good.

Portion Size : 4
Flavour : 5
Presentation : 5
Value for Money : 4

Overall

My first visit to Banana Leaf was very good, I could tell they took a lot of care and attention to everything from the restaurant to the food.

I cant fault anything tonight, the service and food was very good. The atmosphere was very relaxing.

For me and this is a personal thing, maybe the cost of the dishes are just a little much for the portion size but apart from that its a great place to try.

Review Scores – 

  • Atmosphere : 5
  • Staff : 5
  • Menu Choice : 5
  • Service : 5
  • Food : 5
  • Value for Money: 3.5
  • Overall : 4

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