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Holy Shamoli

One thing I love about Edinburgh is all it’s weird and wonderful shops, you can find a shop for, pretty much, anything. Amongst these and some very Scottish ones (Thistle do nicely and Whisky and Wine – you can’t get anymore Scottish than that) was Shamoli. Or what I like to call it – Holy Shamoli.

Their menu was a bible of every food you can think of that is either Thai or Indian. We decided to order a bit of both, however we ended up swaying more towards the Indian food (typical).

Chutney Tray (£1.95) & Poppadoms (£2.85 for 3) total £4.80

I don’t think I’ve come across a perfect plate of poppadoms, all even in colour and not your typical flat shape. Does anyone else eat the other chutneys or is it always the spicy onions that are the first to go?

Peek Gai Chicken Wings – £4.95

Chicken wings cooked in honey sauce. They were sticky and sweet, with a hint of spice, but not too much that it stood out. I liked how the onions, red peppers were also cooked in the marinade, so once you were done with the chicken, at least you could still enjoy that sweet, sticky sauce.

Chicken Pad Nammanhoi (£9.95) & Egg fried rice (£2.95) total £12.90

Stir fried chicken and veg in oyster sauce. This dish was average, the chicken went cold within minutes. But nonetheless a good tasting dish.

Lamb Jalfrezi (£8.95) Peshwari naan (£2.95 for 1) total £11.90

It’s fitting how I’m writing about lamb jalfrezi with it being Eid – al- Adha tomorrow. This curry was creamy and the lamb was tender, a perfect duet for lamb jalfrezi.

I had never tried peshwari naan, so instead of the usual garlic, we decided to try something different. And what a mistake that was. For those of you who don’t know what peshwari naan is, it’s crushed almonds, coconut, sultanas and sugar blended together to make a thick paste. It was waaay too sweet and did not go with the lamb jalfrezi. So we quickly went back to our comfort zone and ordered the garlic naan. We tried to be different. But if someone could recommend what peshwari naan would go nice with, that would be great. But I would stay clear from the curry combo. It. Does. Not. Go.

Garlic naan however was unsurprisingly great.

The overall bill amounted to £50.55, that’s including drinks and the naan mishap. I found this a bit on the pricey side.

The service was fast but the waiters stood around looking bored, this place is definitely underrated. If you’ve got kids and going in with a pram however you do need to climb up narrow stone steps to get to the restaurant.

Address: 105 High Street (first floor) Edinburgh, EH1 1SG

Telephone: 0131 558 1497

Halal Status: Everything is halal

Parking/Travel: No parking available as it’s right on the Royal Mile. Walking distance from Edinburgh Waverley station


Food 3/5

Presentation 4/5

Service 3/5

Facilities 3/5

Value 3/5


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