Archive for November, 2010

We have take-away meals a handful of times per year – usually curries and the Himalaya in Bruntsfield Place was a favourite for many years. But it went down – everything tended to taste the same and we’ve been trying other places in the Bruntsfield/Morningside area of Edinburgh when we feel like a take-away curry.

This time, we decided to try the Clay Oven in Morningside Road, which has good reviews on qype and the List. We chose Chicken Tikka Khumbi Dupiaza and Sabzi Jalfrezie (mixed vegetables) with rice and nan. The first hint of crapness came when I called and they said it would be ready in 10-15 minutes – which made me immediately suspicious that it wouldn’t be freshly cooked. I should have cancelled at that stage but didn’t.

This was perhaps the worst curry that we’ve had since the bad old days of post-pub eating in the west end of Glasgow. The food was bland with a bit of a chilli hit – there seemed to be no spicing at all – clearly, the all too common model of a generic sauce was used but I think they forgot to add the spices. The nan was cold, mango chutney was runny.

There really was nothing positive at all about this meal. It cost about £15 for 2 – not expensive in an absolute way but I always think that, whatever you pay, food you don’t enjoy is too expensive.

I can’t understand the good reviews – maybe we were just unlucky but for sure we will not be back. My advice is don’t go there – Morningside Spice is close and much better.

Visited, November 2010.


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The Bia Bistrot is the most recent instantiation of a local (to us) resto. We’d enjoyed means there over the years when it was the Bistrot des Arts and the Olive Branch Bistro. Sadly, the owners of the Olive Branch had to close because of illness and the Bia Bistrot opened earlier in 2010. We’d meant to try it for a while and finally went there in early November 2010.

My starter was heritage potato and truffle terrine – which attracted me because of the promise of truffle. It was there but tasted as if the truffle oil had simply been wafted over the tatties. It ended up as (too) cold, mashed tatties. Disappointing but the other starters were great – Anne had potted crab and Ali had the special – hare terrine.  I didn’t chose well.

However, the main course was a great improvement. Pigeon breast, cooked rare with celeriac puree and, unusually, a game pie rather than some other form of carb. Really very nice. The fish pie and slow roast belly pork that others had were also very good.

Wine was French – unusually a Cotes de Gascogne wine made with Columbard and Ugni Blanc grapes. Went well with everything.

We were too full for desserts – ended with coffees. Just over £30 each including coffees and G & T’s to start.

Visited November 2010

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