The Guru Balti Restaurant’s takeaway has quantity in abundance. The takeaway menu has over 180 items and, as the pictures below demonstrate, the portion sizes are monstrous; the naan bread dwarfs the plate with the curry on. â€śGood food quality is our businessâ€ť proclaims The Guru Balti Restaurantâ€™s menu. However, based on my evidence Iâ€™d struggle to agree. This definitely wasnâ€™t one of the better Indian takeaways Iâ€™ve eaten in Edinburgh, infact it was average at best.
I placed an order for collection at the Guru Balti restaurant, which is close to Edinburgh’s Fountain Park. The waiting time was only 10 minutes. I ordered:
- Mixed kebab starter (ÂŁ4.50)
- Balti Chicken Bhuna (ÂŁ6.95)
- Pilau Rice (ÂŁ2.95)
- Naan bread (ÂŁ2.75)
At a total cost of ÂŁ17.15 the Guru Balti doesn’t provide the cheapest curry you’ll ever eat. It would have been an extra ÂŁ2 to have the Guru Balti home deliver. I found the lack of a free delivery option surprising, as free delivery seems the rule rather than the exception in Edinburgh. Perhaps the Guru Balti concentrate more on their restaurant, although when I arrived to collect my order there was only one couple seated.
What I do find puzzling, and this isn’t criticism solely of the Guru Balti, is the lack of complementary poppadoms. When spending ÂŁ17 on takeaway I think it’s fair to expect such perks. Anyhow I got home and unpacked Guru Balti’s brimming carrier bag.
The mixed kebab was lamb, chicken and sheek. The amount of meat here was quite frightening and the lamb was quite fatty. I found the chicken to be very bland as was the sheek kebab. The sauces and small salad the kebab was served with were the highlights. The naan bread really was humongous and quite decent. The rice was perfect, infact among the the best I’ve had. Unfortunately I found the curry rather runny and it lacked defining flavour. There was too much sauce and it was way too bland. The chicken, although plentiful, took too long to chew and was rather rubbery. I finished the meal absolutely full to bursting point, but disappointed with the quality and taste of the food.
The Guru Balti’s takeaway menu states “Remember our portions are larger than normal”. Fair comment. It’s just a shame the quality isn’t anything above average though. With so many Indian takeaways/restaurants to choose from in Edinburgh and none serving particularly meagre portions, I don’t think I’ll return to the Guru Balti.
The Guru Balti Restaurant is located at 9 Dundee Terrace, Edinburgh, EH11 1DL.
Telephone: 0131 221 9779 or 0131 221 1281.