It’s taken a few years but I’m now reasonably confident to label Delta on Roseburn Terrace Edinburgh’s Best Indian takeaway. The Edinburgh Blog’s judging criteria is quality/taste, value for money and service. Delta Indian takeaway, which is solely a takeaway/home delivery operation has consistently met or exceeded my expectation in all three categories. Oh and regular readers will know I value an Indian takeaway which provides complementary poppadoms. Thankfully Delta manage this feat!
Delta Indian takeaway is housed in small premises on Roseburn Terrace, perfect for picking up a curry on the way home from Murrayfield. All customers are offered a complementary coffee, which given the obvious link with alcohol perhaps isn’t a bad idea. That said the take up is probably low. Delta also have a good range of newspapers to read while you wait. The takeaway’s menu is a professional affair: thick paper, stapled sheets and impressively styled typography. Thankfully when the words come alive there is no disappointment.
The Balti set dinner for one person has surely been devised for those with insatiable appetites like myself. For ¬£10.95 you receive Sabzi Pakora (5 tasty pakoras and side salad), chicken balti, pilau rice and nan. Given the sizable portions it’s somewhat acceptable (depending on size of your appetite) for your partner to order just a curry and share the rice and nan from the Balti set dinner. Delta Indian takeaway’s Chicken Balti is absolutely delicious. The portion size (including chicken) is good, but it’s the taste, which has bite but not too much which really impressed me. I also like a Balti which mixes the ingredients up so the plentiful onion and green chillies boosted this dish to Balti brilliance.
My fellow curry lover enjoyed Delta’s Chicken Pasanda (¬£6.25), which has only been bettered in Edinburgh by the extra creamy Pasanda of Sonar Gao. My pakoras were pretty good and I enjoyed the sauces they were served with. Curry dishes from Delta hang around the ¬£6/¬£6.50 mark, nans just ¬£1.95, side dishes ¬£2.95 and pilau rice a fair ¬£2.25.
The staff at Delta Indian takeaway are very friendly and the quality of takeaway food they produce is of little surprise. I have always collected my Indian takeaway order from Delta but friends have spoken highly of their delivery service (free delivery for orders over ¬£12). The menu is fairly standard Indian takeaway fare, although some good fish and vegetarian dishes are available.
Overall I think Delta offer a great balance of quality curry, great service and value for money. Delta is my preferred Indian takeaway in Edinburgh and, through my experience alone, definitely Edinburgh’s Best Indian takeaway,.
Delta Indian takeaway is located at 27 Roseburn Terrace, Edinburgh, EH12 5NG
UPDATE 16/11/2008: Ordered home delivery from Delta on Friday night. Quoted 1 hour delivery time, but it was actually 1 hour and 50 minutes. After phoning up after an hour I was told it would arrive any minute. I phoned up again and was told three separate drivers with three orders were on the roads, but he didn’t know exactly when my order would be delivered! More honesty would be a good thing. All dishes tasted good but they could have been warmer. Disappointingly no complementary poppadoms either. Maybe this article should be changed to Delta is Edinburgh’s best Indian takeaway, so long as you don’t order home delivery on Friday or presumably Saturday nights.
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