I think it’s safe to say that Yak and Yeti is probably one of the underdogs of the Indian food scene in Edinburgh. You have the incredibly popular Tanjore and Kalpna on South Clerk Street, but this lesser known restaurant can be found a little further down that road on Newington Road. Because it’s a little further out, it has a lighter footfall but Mr. Bug and I were keen to try it out.
Okay I’ll admit, the interior decor isn’t exactly cosmopolitan. In fact it kind of has that seventies style that reminds me of the smaller establishments you get in the likes of Fife. However, the menu looked great, with lots of traditional and inventive options available.
After we placed our order the friendly waiter brought us a plate of poppadoms and a range of colourful dips. There was a sweet yoghurt based dip, a mango chutney and a sweet chilli dip.
They were all lovely and while I was really excited for my main course, I couldn’t help gobbling these bad boys up!
After we demolished our poppadoms we were ready for our main course, which came relatively quickly. Mr Bug had the chana masala, a tomato based chickpea curry, and he really enjoyed it. I tried a bit too and it was really flavoursome, with a slight kick to it but nothing too extreme.
I had the saag paneer, which was a spinach curry with pieces of a cottage style cheese. I really enjoyed it! I am a huge fan of paneer and this dish didn’t disappoint, with huge chunks of cheese and a lovely thick gravy to go with it.
We both had our curries with a serving of pilau rice, which was seasoned with turmeric and served with a sprinkling of fried onions. With the rice and the two curries, that was plenty for the both of us.
Yak and Yeti is one of Edinburgh’s hidden gems. While the decor might be a little questionable, the menu is excellent and the food is delicious. If you fancy wandering outside the restaurant trap of the city centre for Indian food, this place is well worth a punt.
Yak and Yeti (website) is at 13 Newington Road, EH9 1QR. Heading up from Princes Street on North Bridge, you can get there on the 3, 5, 7, 8, 29, 31, 33, 37, 47 or 49 bus. Get off once you see the Reverie on the left hand side.