“ Type: Indian / Address: 32b West Nicholson Street / Edinburgh / Scotland / EH8 9DD / Tel: 0131 667 4871 „
I have been to Khushi's Diner on a number of occasions and I have never gone home unhappy. Situated at 32b Nicolson Street, which is a small cobbled street that runs off Nicholson Street and takes you through to Bristo Square near a number of the University of Edinburgh Buildings. It's a fairly handy part of town to get to and from the city centre you can catch a number of Lothian Buses which leave you a short walk to the restaurant. I would tend to catch the number 3 or 33 bus.
The restaurant opened in 2009 and has a capacity for around 90 people. They have no problems in accommodating large or small groups. I have been there with a large group of friends, a large group of work colleagues and then with just my girlfriend and I. Each time, they deliver the same level of service and quick turnaround times with your food which is served to a high standard.
The restaurant has a great atmosphere. There is Indian music playing in the background, which isn't overly loud. The decor in the restaurant is modern and clean, as are the toilets. Well, I can only vouch for the Gents! The best part of all is that a number of the tables have a view of the kitchen. You can work up a hungry while the chefs get to work. The smells are a amazing and I love watching the busy kitchen! When booking, I would recommend asking for a kitchen view table.
Khushi's is open 7 days a week. Monday - Saturday it is open from noon until 11pm and is open 5pm to 10pm Sundays. Khushi's is a very popular place and it's always worth phoning ahead to reserve a tale to avoid disappointment. This is especially the case at the weekends. On a Friday and Saturday evening you normally find that they offer 2, 2 hour set time slots. The last time I booked these were 6pm to 8pm and 8pm to 10pm. I have never had a problem in finishing my meal in the 2 hours slot provided as the kitchen and waiting staff seem to run a tight ship.
The menu has a good selection of food. Starters range from about £4 - £6 and it's your normal selection of Pakora's and Bhaji's along with some House Specials. These include Tandoori Chicken and Seekh Kebabs. There is a large selection of Sundries, these are all your naan breads, chipatti's and rices. These range from around £1.50 to £4.00.
They offer a large selection of main courses also and there are a there are at least 10 vegetarian items on the menu to choose from also. The veggie dishes are around the £6 mark and for the meat eaters dishes range from around £8 - £11. There are a small selection of desserts to choose from. These cost around the £4 mark.
Khushi's have a Bring Your Own policy and the corkage is free, which I think is fantastic! I also think this is another reason why they put a limit on how long you can have a table on the weekends or you might find people sitting drinking all night. On the menu there are a variety of soft drinks. There are Indian specials, such as a Lassis and then you have bottled water and fizzy drinks to choose from also.
On my last visit I had the lamb kahari and we had some pulau rice, garlic naan bread and some chipatti's to share at the table. Everyone's food looks and smelt devine and the kahari is highly recommended. I have found that Khushi's curry's are quite mildy spiced, you aren't going to blow your brains out with any of the curry's from here. Other mains that I have tried in the past and can recommend are the Chicken Jalfrazi, the Bhindi Gosht and lamb Rogan Josh, whcih is served on the bone. I am yet to try something I haven't liked.
I think this is a fantastic restaurant, which offers good food and reasonable prices in fantastic surrounding. I regularly take friends here when they come to visit.
I went to Khushi's on a weekday evening, when it was moderately busy. I was in a group of three, and we immediately were seated at a wonderful table in the corner and presented with menus. As it's BYOB, we had some wine with us, and we were swiftly given a wine cooler. An important note: there is NO corkage fee.
The food arrived quickly, and was absolutely delicious. I ordered the Chana Masala (chickpea curry), and it was the most flavoursome chana masala I've ever tasted. My fellow diners were also delighted with their own food - none of us could fault it. We were also given chilled table water for free with our meal, which was a nice touch.
The service was wonderful - the servers were attentive, without being intrusive. We were asked partway through the meal if everything was ok, and the servers kept an eye on all the tables to ensure no one was left with an empty plate sitting in front of them.
We were presented with the bill after our meal, but assured not to rush, as we were still finishing our wine. I felt this was incredibly nice of them, since we were drinking wine we had bought from elsewhere (being BYOB).
Overall, a wonderful meal and a wonderful experience.
This is a review of Khushi's Diner on West Nicholson Street, Edinburgh, not the one on Victoria Street, as that one has burnt down and is yet to reopen.
My boyfriend and I decided to continue our weekly meal out tradition the other day when he came over, and I was fairly insistent on going to Khushi's Diner, as I was desperate for a curry and wanted to go to my favourite place to have one. My overall favourite Indian restaurant is unfortunately at home in Gateshead, and I also have very fond memories of one in Munich, I settled for my favourite Indian in Edinburgh instead. I would say that curry is my favourite food and since I eat it quite a lot I really like to have the best when I can. My friend used to rave about the old Khushi's on Victoria Street, so when that unfortunately burnt down last year we were delighted to find the new one just off Nicholson Street and have not looked back since.
Khushi's Diner is a fairly large underground restaurant in the old town of Edinburgh, and is only a ten minute walk from the Royal Mile and is very close to most of the University of Edinburgh buildings. I live just off the Royal Mile so it isn't too far for me to walk, though I would be willing to walk quite far to get there. The restaurant does not serve alcohol of any kind, but they are happy for you to bring anything you want with you and do not charge for corkage, and will even provide you with wine glasses and an ice bucket if you need them. With a Tesco just round the corner it's pretty convenient to grab a bottle to take in with you if you want a drink with your meal.
Anyway, back to yesterday's experience of the restaurant. I had been a couple of times before but my boyfriend hadn't, and I was eager for him to love the place. The outside is interestingly and nicely decorated so it's easy to find if you haven't been before, and then it's just a flight of stairs downwards to get to the restaurant itself. We were seated quickly, and I was happy to be sitting with a view of the kitchen, as I like seeing what's going on and seeing the chefs cooking and running around. We were brought menus and poppadoms practically straight away, and the waiter brought us mango chutney and some spiced onions to go with them when we said that we would like some. When he saw that we had brought a bottle of wine with us the waiter also kindly brought two glasses and opened it for us without us even having to ask, which I thought was nice as many people may feel embarrassed at having to ask for this to be done. We decided not to have starters, as we reckoned that if we were still hungry after our mains we could have dessert afterwards, and decided to go for a Lamb Methi and King Prawn Karahi, as well as a portion of rice and peshwari naan between us.
We didn't have to wait long for our food to come, but it was long enough that I felt it likely that the curries had both been made fresh to order. Each curry came in its own dish, and all of the food looked and smelt amazing, and I wasn't surprised when it was even more delicious than it tasted. The naan and rice were just as good as I remembered, and both of the curries were spectacular as well. I have had lamb methi from my beloved Indian restaurant back home a few times, and it was always a fairly dry curry of lamb, fenugreek as well as spinach and some other vegetablyness, but this one was much runnier and had quite a lot of yoghurt in it. The texture and yoghurt made me think of it as a fenugreek savoury korma type of thing, but whatever it was, it was absolutely fantastic. The lamb was perfectly cooked and soft, and the creamy fenugreek sauce was perfect and got even better as I ploughed my way through it. I had half of that, and then switched to the other dish, the king prawn karahi. I don't believe that I've ever had a karahi before, but it was a very nice spicy tomato curry with onions and garlic. The king prawns were well cooked and went well with the sauce, though it was much spicier than the methi so I wouldn't recommend it if you're not a fan of hot food. I slightly preferred the lamb curry to the karahi, but both were so nice that I would be delighted to have either of them again. The peshwari naan was deliciously sweet and went with both of the curries very well, but I mainly like to sit and eat it by itself as it's so amazingly nice.
The previous two times that I'd been to Khushi's I'd opted for the King Prawn korma, as I was really in the mood for something sweet the first time around, and then on my second visit I couldn't resist having it again when I remembered how amazingly good it had been when I'd first had it. The sauce is perfectly creamy and is a good consistency, and I would say it's probably one of the best kormas that I've ever had. I've found that even when people say that they don't like curry; most of them enjoy kormas when they have them, so you could always suggest the chicken korma to your non-curry enthusiast friends if trying to convince them to go to Khushi's. The last time I went my friends and I had starters, and all of them (onion bahji, vegetable pakora and grilled king prawns) were absolutely delicious, and I would especially recommend the prawns to anyone who likes them as they were superb.
I was glad that we decided not to have starters last night, however, as by the time we'd finished our mains we were both too full to eat anything else. I was quite glad that I couldn't eat any more as I'm meant to be on a diet and I already wasn't allowed the rice and naan that I'd eaten, and if I could have eaten any more I definitely would have done and my diet would have been ruined. If I had eaten dessert though, I would definitely have gone for the amazing looking chocolate cake sitting sexily in the dessert cabinet at the entrance, as it looked very nice and enticing. Maybe next time.
Anyway, my boyfriend and I both had an amazing meal at Khushi's, and will both be going again the next time that we fancy a curry in Edinburgh. I know that I've only mentioned a few of the items on the menu, but they have all the traditional curries that you could expect, such as rogan joshes, jahlfrezies and the like, and although I haven't tried them I'd put money on them being as good as all the food that I have had there, and so would recommend giving them a go. In total the bill came to £27, which I'd say is reasonable due to the quality and quantity of the food, and it would have been a few quid cheaper if we hadn't gone for a king prawn dish. Of course, that price doesn't include the bottle of wine we brought with us, but students are notorious for being able to find and drink cheap alcohol, so if you know what you're doing you should be able to eat and drink here for about £15 a head.