Edinburgh’s oldest Indian restaurant is bustling, budget and BYO.
Edinburgh’s oldest Indian restaurant has had a few changes of address and dramas along the way (the first branch was opened on Potterrow in 1947, and has since flitted to Lothian Street, Candlemaker Row, Drummond Street, Victoria Street, before landing in this spot at the top of Leith Walk.)
The Victoria Street restaurant was destroyed in a fire around Christmas time in 2008, which simultaneously closed down the nextdoor Liquid Rooms because of flood damage. Besides its soap opera back-story, Khushi’s is rightly famous for its cheap curries, and has become a popular spot for groups to celebrate in. This is a busy, bustling and budget option, with a party menu, priced at £19.47 per person (a nod to the year they opened, and the phone number is the same), which starts with poppadom and pickles, lets you pick from the likes of Goan fish curry, mango chicken tikka or lamb jalfrezi as a main, with an assorted pick and mix of fluffy Peshwari naans, pilau rice and tarka dal on the side.
It’s BYOB too, which keeps the cost down, and although they don’t ask for a corkage charge, they have recently added a tiny 25p charge for wine bottles and 10p for beers, to cover the cost of glass recycling.
10 Antigua Street