Back in 2011, an Indian restaurant by the name of ‘The Radhuni‘ opened in Loanhead, Edinburgh.
Thanks to its location being a stone’s throw from the city, it soon attracted a royal list of fine Indian dining clientele and soon it made its name renown thanks to a number of awards it won through the years, with the pinnacle being the Chef of the Year at the Scottish Curry Awards 2018!
‘Radhuni’ translates to ‘passionate cook’, and that passion is clear with every mouthful you taste. The Chef of The Radhuni is committed to sourcing the best ingredients to provide the best of the Indian cuisine, all in the most relaxing and peaceful setting making a visit to The Radhuni, the ultimate Indian food experience in Edinburgh.
The Radhuni takes the top spot for most relaxing restaurant in my books. Its romantic, exotic feel will charm the socks off everyone that walks through its doors. Divided in 3 different areas- the bar & waiting area, the dinning room and the main sala that is available for private parties, it’s not an over-the-top eccentric restaurant but a cozy place to take your family and friends for good food, and they have won more than eight awards (!!!) so far, so clearly they are doing something right. Its relaxing appeal is rounded off to perfection with brown leather chairs, red lights, elephant ornaments, candles and music that reminded me something of my trips to Morocco – entertaining but soothing at the same time.
We chose a table by the corner of the dinning room, facing the bar and the people entering the restaurant. If you ever feel like taking someone on a romantic date, then this is the place to be…but make sure it’s a date you really, really fancy otherwise you’ll end up falling more for the food & interiors than your company!
Food is delicious and utterly hearty, the ingredients are fresh and all sauces are made from scratch every morning in the kitchen. Getting mouthfuls of my most favourite Indian dish – saag aloo – and occasionally closing my eyes, momentarily fooled me into thinking that I was transported back to Morocco. Unfortunately, I haven’t been lucky enough to visit India yet, thus, my constant references and comparisons with Morocco, but here’s to hoping I will do it one day sooner than later!
WHAT WE ATE::
– SAMOSA (Lightly spiced minced lamb with vegetables, cooked in a crisp pastry, served with salad and mint sauce)
-MUSHROOM PURI (Sliced mushrooms in a subtle sauce, enhanced by fresh coriander on a bed of puffed, fried bread and accompanied by green salad)
-CHICKEN TIKKA KHUMBI DUPIAZA (A most wonderful dish consisting of charcoal grilled chicken cutlets and mushrooms, cooked in a medium strength sauce of onions and green peppers)
-CHICKEN from The Radhuni Classics (lean pieces of chicken served with a classic range of curry sauces)
-SAAG ALOO (Spinach with spiced potatoes)
-GARLIC MUSHROOM (Fresh mushroom with garlic, spring onion, fresh herbs and spices)
-CAULIFLOWER BHAJI (Spiced cauliflower)
-Indian donuts and pistachio ice-cream (kulfi)
Despite the restaurant’s fame, I wasn’t sure what to expect since I am not a big fan of spicy food, even though I love a good curry (as long as it doesn’t bite my tongue)! But honestly, The Radhuni might just have been my favourite Indian restaurant – even though we were almost full by the time our mains had arrived (I blame this to the big portions of the starters), we kept eating because everything was just so tasty to leave out!
By the end of the night, I thought I’d burst, and having the refreshing pistachio ice-cream (which by the way wasn’t at all over-the-top sweet), and traditional donuts did not help at all. Next time, I made a mental note to wear looser fitting jeans…
As far as Indian cuisine is concerned, The Radhuni won our hearts. The dishes were rich and comforting and somehow I got jealous of the people of Loanhead, to have this place on your doorstep and have takeaways anytime, ooh boy!
You can find The Radhuni on 93 Clerk Street, Loanhead EH20 9RE, Midlothian. They are open 12:00-2:00pm, 5:00-11:00pm on Tuesday-Saturday and 2:30-10:00pm on Sunday (on Mondays they are closed).
It’s literally a step away from Edinburgh’s city center and totally worth the trip!