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.