As you’re all aware, I absolutely adore Indian food. So, when the folks behind Newington Indian restaurant Voujon asked me and my buddy Emma (from ‘Edinburgh Feasts’ fame) to go along and try it out, we jumped at the chance.
Voujon is one of these places that I pass on a regular basis, but have never found the chance to go in. So as you can imagine, I was keen to discover what the guys here could do.
We paid a visit on a dark wet weekday evening in December. The interiors were very slick, with a purple and white themed decor and every table adorned with some kind of floral arrangement, such as roses or lilies. As we went in during the festive season there were lots of lovely decorations hanging off the lights.
There were a couple of other tables in at the same time as us, which was a good sign considering it was a weeknight and the restaurant is located a little bit out of town. They also do a take away service, which seems to be popular with the local residents.
Emma ordered the mixed kebab to start, which came quickly and was served with a side salad and special sauce. There was a good selection on the plate, and included chicken, vegetable and fish bite sized pieces. It looked really tempting and Emma quite happily cleared her plate.
I really liked the way that the dish was presented. Both mine and Emma’s starters were served with a salad and a piece of cucumber, lemon and tomato in their own little special compartment on the plate. I hadn’t really seen anything quite like it before, but it certainly made the whole thing look very appetising!
Meanwhile, I had the vegetable pakora – or ‘annaj pakura’ as it is on the menu. It was a very generous serving, with four large pieces served once again with a salad. I was given a hot and sour tomato-ey sauce to go with it, and while I used it as a dressing for the salad, I felt that the pakora tasted absolutely delicious all by themselves.
For our mains, Emma ordered the sahai chasni. I’m ashamed to admit that I had never heard of it before, but it is apparently a chicken dish with a sweet and sour sauce. The sauce looked rich and tasty from where I was sitting, and Emma once again found it really satisfying, however she did have to give up halfway through as the portion was quite big and we’d already had quite hefty starters…!
I was pleased to see that this Indian restaurant had a couple of paneer dishes on the menu, so I ordered one of my firm favourites – saag paneer. It was a lovely flavoursome curry made with spinach and paneer, an Indian cottage-style cheese.
Normally when I order a saag paneer it is full of lovely chunks, but this was a much smoother sauce with the cheese present pretty much all the way through it. While I could still taste the delicious paneer flavour, I would have preferred larger cheese pieces. That was my only grumble though – overall the dish was really tasty.
Alongside our curries we ordered a garlic naan, pilau rice and a chapatti (a wheatflour flatbread). It soon became evident that we had over-ordered and I had to throw in the towel about halfway through all the food, I was so stuffed I couldn’t eat another bite! Luckily the lovely guys offered to put our leftovers in a doggy bag and I was able to enjoy the rest of my beautiful meal for lunch the next day.
Voujon is a lovely Indian restaurant in Newington and a firm favourite with local residents. It’s easy to see why – with a varied menu and good food, it’s very hard to go wrong in a place like this. If you want a decent Indian meal in the area, then this is a very strong option!
You can find Voujon (website) at 109 Newington Road, EH9 1QW. It is around 30 minute walk from Princes Street, or alternatively you can get there on the 3, 5, 7, 8, 29, 31, 33, 37, 47 or 49 bus. It’s just a couple of doors up from Yak and Yeti.
Thanks very much to the lovely people at Voujon for providing the meal for this post. Don’t forget you can get Emma’s take on the meal over at Edinburgh Feasts!