“ Indian Restaurant. 9a Antigua Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 3NH. Telephone: 0131 556 3460. „
As I travel around the UK a lot I constantly search for a good curry. Often choosing an Indian restaurant is completely hit and miss. You can only judge it by the outside look of the place, occasionally there is some glimpse of the inside and there is the obligatory menu placed outside. All told this is not much of a guide.
For many years I have been using the easypar4 inverse quality rule of curry - the worse the premises the better the curry. I am beginning to lose faith with that now though, you see there are some disappointing curry houses out there. Not that the Golden Bengal in Edinburgh is the worse, far from it. It's just that I love curry and now find I have to refine my rule and the new rule is if where you buy your curry has chairs and tables and gives you a knife and fork then it will probably disappoint you. In other words the best curries come from takeaways. Yes I know it's a sweeping generalisation based on a sample of probably less than 50 curry restaurants out of the thousands there are in Britain but too many curry houses are selling an inferior sloppy product.
So what was the problem with The Golden Bengal. It started promisingly with the restaurant close to the castle away from the Royal Mile towards the Usher Hall. The menu offered reasonably priced curry with a huge range available. Stepping inside I was greeted by a distinctly unEastern décor and the two waiters.
The seats were uncomfortable and all the furniture seemed to have been purchased from a closing down sale at a Victorian school. There were only three other diners and they were coming towards the end of their meal. Still what they were having looked OK but hey come on you don't buy curry to get a pretty picture - taste is everything.