Thursday, 18 October 2018

The Radhuni - My New Favourite Indian Restaurant.*

Indian food is my absolute favourite cuisine, and I'm always trying to find the perfect restaurant.  There are a few options in Edinburgh but none of them have quite ticked all the boxes for me. So when I was invited to dine at The Radhuni restaurant, I was more than excited. And spoiler alert: I truly believe I've found the best curry in Scotland...

The Radhuni is in Loanhead, just a short distance from IKEA and the Straiton retail park. This isn't an area I know very well so the restaurant was like discovering a hidden gem. 'Radhuni' means passionate cook, and the restaurant takes pride in producing freshly prepared meals with the highest quality ingredients. Since its launch in 2011, the restaurant has become very highly regarded, as a quick glance at their TripAdvisor reviews show. I was very excited to try it out for myself.

Upon arrival, I took the opportunity to have a look around the restaurant, and was very impressed with the decor. It might be fair to say that the Radhuni is Tardis-like: it is much bigger on the inside than the street-view would have you believe. It's also very modern and clean within, with lots of colour (including the purple under-seat lighting that I love) and unique decorations throughout. The whole place looks gorgeous and very inviting, and there is a ton of space. There's even an outdoor area which would be great for the warmer months. 

Having been seated, we were served some poppadoms and mixed pickle chutney, mango chutney, mint and yoghurt sauce, and my favourite, onion salad to chomp away at while we perused the menu. First impressions were great - the poppadoms were crunchy (and huge!) and the sauces were delicious.

One thing I really appreciated about the menu at The Radhuni was how clearly labelled it is. My husband is allergic to nuts and it can often be a bit difficult to choose appropriate meals, but this menu clearly signposts which foods contain nuts, dairy and gluten. There was also a large selection of vegetarian options so I actually felt like I had a tough choice to make, rather than restricted to two or three dishes. This is such a small thing but it made a huge difference.

For our starters, I opted for the sabzi pakora while Blair went for the chicken puri. My pakora was stunning; four large balls of deep fried vegetables and onions, they were crispy and perfectly spiced without even a hint of greasiness. It was served with a dark chilli sauce that gave a gorgeous tang of spiciness without being overpowering. The chicken puri consisted of chicken pieces in a sauce, served on fried bread. Blair said it was delicious and it looked like a really generous portion size for a starter!

Moving on to our mains, I chose the sabzi rogan josh, a medium-hot curry with garlic and coriander, and spicy fried tomatoes, while Blair tried the garlic chilli chicken dish. The rogan josh was incredible - so rich and flavoursome with the perfect level of heat. Blair thoroughly enjoyed his dish too, saying the chicken was perfectly cooked and that the flavours shone through alongside the spices, rather than the heat of the chilli completely drowning them out as can sometimes happen. We had decided to share a pilau rice and a garlic naan between us as accompaniments. The naan was huge! Garlic naan is something I can't resist and this was mouthwateringly good. 

The portions were incredibly generous again, so we didn't actually manage to finish our food - and dessert was certainly not on the cards! We were both incredibly full but very satisfied. In fact, we are both in agreement that this is by far the best Indian restaurant we've ever been to, and the food was so good that we'll be dreaming of it until we can go back.

Both my husband and I are former waiting staff, so we tend to notice and comment on the service we receive when we go out for meals. I honestly couldn't fault the waiting staff at The Radhuni - they were incredibly friendly, attentive, and very professional. We really enjoyed chatting to them, particularly the Front of House Manager Rajesh Karki, who looked after us very well throughout the evening. 

Given how impressive their food and service is, it's no surprise that The Radhuni is an award-winning restaurant. Not only did Head Chef Ashok Ram win Chef of the Year at the 2018 Scottish Curry Awards, just days before our visit the restaurant was named the Best Indian Restaurant and Takeaway in Scotland at the Asian Restaurant and Takeaway Awards. The staff were clearly very proud of this achievement, and they should be - the entire experience at The Radhuni was second to none and that is entirely down to the hard work and talents of the people working there.

I enjoyed absolutely every part of our meal at The Radhuni, and I will most definitely be back - I desperately want to try their Tapas Tuesday menu as it looks like the perfect way to try a variety of their delicious meals. It is more than worth getting out of the city centre to try The Radhuni - it is by far the best Indian restaurant I have ever tried.

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*I was gifted a meal for two in exchange for a review - as always, all opinions are entirely my own and 100% honest.

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