September is a funny old month here in Edinburgh on one hand, the city seems so empty now the tourists have left, but on the other hand locals are reclaiming the city. The husband and I decided to make the most of the quiet streets (and finally being able to get a table in a restaurant) and headed into town for a midweek date night. We booked a table at *Voujon, an Indian restaurant in Newington and jumped on the bus for some good food and drink.
Due to me forgetting that the bus wouldn’t take over an hour to get into town like in does during the festival, we arrived in the city an hour before our table reservation. Luckily it was a nice evening, so being the good blogger that I am I made the husband take a few outfit pictures before we popped in the nearest bar for a couple of drinks before our meal. I am currently trying to make the most of my spring/summer wardrobe before switching over to my autumn capsule wardrobe. However, it is late summer so there was a bit of a chill in the air, thank goodness for my leather jacket! There is no need to get dressed up on a Wednesday night so I went for skinny jeans and a striped shirt with a pair of chunky heeled sandals (gotta make the most of no sock weather). I was gifted my bag at a House of Fraser event from the brand Hallhuber and it’s been one of my most used bags of the summer.
After our drinks, we headed over to the restaurant for our meal (which let’s face it, is the most important part of date night). We don’t normally go out for Indian food, although I love a curry we tend to get a take away to enjoy at home. So when Voujon invited us along to try out their menu, I jumped at the chance to try it out. Arriving at the restaurant, we were warmly welcomed by staff and shown to our seats. We were sat right by the window which not only gave me great lighting for photos but a view of the whole restaurant. The restaurant is ideal for a date (or family get together) as it has a sophisticated vibe but isn’t too stuffy and formal. It also has a private dining area for large functions. I was surprised at how busy it was for a Wednesday night, with people coming in to eat throughout the night and the takeaway side seemed just as busy. Which is always a good sign!
So what did we order? For starters, I went for the old faithful Chicken Pakora which was pretty amazing if I’m honest. It was also a pretty substantial starter with 4 large pieces of chicken (although one had to be passed to the hubby). The hubby went for the Murgh Kebab and from the small taste I had was just as good as the pakora.
After a couple of pretty impressive starters, the mains had a lot to live up too. We ordered the usual curry side dishes of Saag Aloo, Nan bread and pilau rice to go with our chosen curries. I went for the Shahi Kurma which I think may have been one of the best Kurma’s I ever had. It was so creamy and coconutty without any of that greasiness you can sometimes get with a curry. The husband agreed with me that this Kurma was great (and he considers himself a curry connoisseur). As for the hubby he ordered the Chicken Pathia which from the small taste I had was a little too spicy fro me. But I have it on good authority that it was pretty amazing.
In case you hadn’t already guessed, I highly recommend a meal at Voujon if your ever in the South Side of the city. And if you live close enough for delivery I’m very jealous! This really is one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems and we will definitely be back soon.
* I was invited to Voujon to try out the menu free of charge. All thoughts and opinions in this post are my own.