Friday Night Dinner at V Deep in Leith, Edinburgh
Last Friday we headed into Edinburgh again to eventually go and try V Deep in Leith which Hardeep Singh Kholi has launched in the old Vintage building and are rapidly becoming known for their offering of craft beer and curry. I have read quite a few good reviews via twitter and been hooked in by the awesome looking food.
We had booked ahead and just as well really as the place was heaving and I doubt you would be able to have done a walk in off the street on a Friday night. There was a good buzz to the place but not overly loud. We were shown to a high table and handed the A3 menu.
The menu is made up of lots of small dishes, a selection of sides, a couple of puddings and some alternative lunch / weekend brunch options. Below is a photo of the menu for May when we went.
We were advised to go for 2-3 dishes each and share them so we could get a good taste of everything. Between the four of us I think we covered a good amount of the menu (including all of the puddings, woops!). The dishes we went for varied from butter chicken to kerelan rainbow trout to the Kohli Fried Chicken and the korma venison balls.
On the menu there is a ‘staff curry’ option – the night we were there it was a Chicken Achari Saag dish, I guess it probably changes regularly though. I really liked the pickled intensity of it but it wasn’t a winner for Dave. I think my favourite was the fried chicken which was covered in a crispy intense cumin coating and beautifully tender chicken.
The pakora selection is totally obscure fusion and really good fun so I would say you have to give them a try too. They varied from a cheese one to a haggis one and fairly packed a punch when it came to flavour.
The only dish that I wasn’t that keen on was the keralan rainbow trout but Dave really liked it so it was more a personal preference that it wasn’t cooked well. The smokey aubergine & peas was also quite in your face with smokiness so maybe one to order with caution if you are not into smoked food.
The whole evening was really good fun with good food and a visit from HSK to the table to recommend beers for the boys. This came towards the end of the meal at the same time as the pudding order and queue ‘After a big Indian meal I did not envisage having a wheat beer and a doughnut’ quote from Mr Methven.
The puddings were definitely a step too far and not required at all but we had to give them a try. The chai doughnuts were pretty special, especially dipped in the spiced rhubarb crumble.
Highly recommend giving V Deep if you are looking for a fun place to go for eating out with a group of at least 4 so you can give a good selection of the menu a try. Delivers on being a little different to your normal curry meal out with the modern fusion twist in some of the dishes.
Our bill at V Deep came to £33 a head for 10 dishes, 2 rice, 2 naan, 1 side, 3 puddings, 5 beers and a juice.
Would I go back – Yes