I was really keen to try out Knights Kitchen – I first spotted it in a pop-up stall at one of the city markets during the summer and had a really lovely chicken curry there, so I was excited to learn that it planned to move to a more permanent abode in Newington.
It’s been open for a couple of months now, so Mr Bug and I decided to stop by one sunny Saturday afternoon for some comforting and wholesome African food before a day of trawling the shops.
The restaurant has been done up really well inside, with authentic looking wooden tables and thatched hut roofs reaching up to the ceiling. It does make the place a little dark, but it’s also incredibly cosy!
There’s also a large colourful mural painted on one of the walls depicting an African village and interesting wooden statues dotted around the place. It was fairly quiet for a Saturday afternoon, but I’ve been told it can fill up quickly in the evenings.
The lunch menu was very reasonably priced, with dishes hovering around the £6 mark, depending on what you order. Mr Bug had the “Bunny Chao”, which is a popular South African chilli served in a bun. He absolutely loved it, and found it very satisfying given the small price point.
Meanwhile, I had the chickpea and mango curry served with rice and a side salad. It was absolutely scrumptious, with the sweetness of the mango coming through quite nicely and giving balance to what was actually quite a fairly hot sauce. It was fine for someone like me who can take a bit of heat, but I can imagine it might get a bit much for those who prefer their curries on the mild side. If you’re not sure, just ask about it when you order.
The only mildly annoying thing I found was the little plates in which the dish was served – they looked really lovely but I would have loved a big plate to mix my lovely rice and curry together – that’s me just being pernickety though! On the whole I really enjoyed it though and found it wonderfully filling, a perfect meal to set me up for the rest of the day.
Overall Mr Bug and I were really impressed with our meal at Knights Kitchen. The food was filling, wholesome and excellent value for money. We’ll definitely be popping back again at some point to explore more of the dinner menu!
You can find Knights Kitchen (website) at 126 Nicolson Street, EH8 9EH. Walk up North Bridge from Princes Street and keep walking along that road for around 10 minutes, you’ll see it on the left hand side. If you see Kalpna – you’ve gone too far!