Fringe Benefits: Khushi's Goes Mobile In Edinburgh


First up, a bit of TATTGOC housekeeping. The Curry Capital 2013 – previously discussed HERE – has entered its second phase. That means the four restaurants representing Glasgow have been chosen (we didn't actually think they would be announced until tomorrow). So a big TATTGOC salute to KoolBa, Mr Singh's India, Mother India and the Ashoka Southside, a quality team-up that looks like giving Glasgow a great chance in the 2013 event. (Those not-so-secret curry lovers over at STV have a full report.)

Back to today's business. If you remember, last August TATTGOC went a little Edinburgh crazy, casting an eye over the city's popular curry Tardis and asking various notable 'Burghers to tell us a bit about their favourite capital curry experiences. This year, there will be far less Edinburgh content, but when Trampy found himself spodding around the opening few days of the Fringe festival, dozens of people felt compelled to direct him toward the Khushi's On The Move foodie van parked up in the University of Edinburgh's George Square.

Dishing up pakora, chana aloo, tikka wraps and a decent-sounding "meal deal" of chicken curry, rice, pakora and a can for £7.95, it was impossible for this battle-hardened Fringe veteran to resist. (For an extra quid, they'll thrown in a lassi.) Khushi's, of course, can claim to be the oldest curry restaurant in Edinburgh, tracing its lineage back to nearby Potterrow in 1947. As well as the current incarnation at the top of Leith Walk, the family are also behind the lauded Mithas down the other end of Leith – a restaurant rated by both Trampy and The Tramp that can't seem to stop winning awards for its food. And if that doesn't sound tempting already, they've just installed a cocktail bar.

One pakora had already been consumed by the time this picture was taken

Khushi's On The Move is a slightly different offering, an distinctive airstream trailer with fast, friendly service with a steady stream of customers. It was only after wandering away from the trailer that I realised I'd got vegetable pakora instead of the requested chicken, but in hindsight maybe doubling up on the chicken would have been a bit much. The veg pakora was good, especially when doused in a chilli dip with a notable kick. The curry itself had a distinctly homemade taste, and along with a generous portion of rice made for a filling meal. A visit to the actual restaurant would always be preferable, but for any self-appointed member of Scotland's young media elite looking for Fringe sustenance on the go, this was excellent festival fare. Four stars! 



Ravi said...

Does this mean you went to Edinburgh without having your tea first? That's well risky!