Review on Mezbaan South Indian Restaurant
Mezbaan means 'perfect host', which sounds like a good start when considering this hot new arrival on the Edinburgh scene. Situated in Tollcross, on the site of the old Shamiana restaurant, it's the first venue in the city to specialise in genuine South Indian cuisine from the provinces of Kerala, Goa, Karnakata and beyond.
It's a smart, well-appointed place, with a cool black-and-white tiled floor and flickering candles setting the tone and a gracious South Indian team at the helm. The region is famed for its vegetarian specialities, and the kitchen doesn't disappoint when it comes to producing tip-top masala dosas with sambar, melt-in-the-mouth haryali idlis (steamed rice dumplings perfumed with mint), and urulakiranghu olarthi (a special potato dish).
Elsewhere, look for naden adu (slow-cooked, country-style lamb marinated with Keralan spices), meen varunthathu (fresh fish cooked with ginger, curry leaves, chilli and mustard seeds) and Goan chicken panjim marinated with 'toddy wine', vinegar and red chilli seeds. The kitchen also delivers a range of more familiar curry house stalwarts, from tandoori lamb chops to chicken jalfrezi.
'Express lunches' are great for those in a hurry ('we will serve you in 15 minutes', say the owners). Mezbaan operates a BYO policy (£2 corkage), with plenty of soft drinks and juices as alternatives to alcohol.
Aji Kumar & Sohan Lal
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm
Dinner: 5.00 - 11.00pm Mon-Sun
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express