The Kismot is a family run restaurant in St Leonards Street, opposite the police station. It may seem a little out of the way, but it’s only a short walk from South Bridge (one street over) and well worth the steps. We’ve eaten here a few times and reviewed it in the summer.
The first time you dine in Kismot, you will be warmly welcomed and the second time, you will be welcomed back and become part of their extended family. This review covers a recent meal where Akbar, the manager was running the show and was enthused when I produced a Wispa. He knew this meant only one thing, I wanted it in a nan bread! The Kismot was the first place in Scotland to do a chocolate nan and since I love sweet things, I wanted to see if my favourite chocolate bar would work in a nan.
Tasting the nan made it love at first bite. Akbar told me that it was the first Wispa version. Others that have been tried and tested have been snickers, bounty and mars bars.
Our meal began with poppadoms and the generously-sized mixed pickle tray. Our poppadoms were stacked high with a little bit of everything and still there was leftovers. The raita was perfect after some of the spicy fruity chutney which gave the taste buds an intense workout.
I didn’t see past my favourite Kismot dish, the honey tandoori chicken curry which is a perfect partner to the sweet nan. All main dishes are around the £9 mark, with specials costing slightly more. We had opted to bring our own beer (no corkage charge) and were served a jug of iced water.
My dining partner had the lamb forash which was made with red kidney beans, chopped onions, garlic, methi leaves tomato and lemon. This was served up with boiled rice and garlic nan.
Between us, we shared a wonderful side dish of chick peas and potatoes. The wonderful spices and cocktail of flavours in this vegetable dish took me right back to my travels through the Indian sub continent. The quality is so impressive that it tempts me to go wholly for a vegetarian dish next time I eat here. It was definitely the star of the show, even topping the chocolate nan!
I asked to see the infamous Kismot Killer disclaimer and chuckled away as I read through the humourous ‘contract’. You’re not allowed to visit the toilet in the allowed forty minutes to eat the dish. If you manage to complete the food, you are rewarded it for free. Akbar is proud of the Kismot Killer and people from England have been coming up to try the dish. Only five people have managed to complete the challenge so far and all feature in the Kismot’s gallery, alongside those who tried, but failed this epic dish.
If you take away the gimmicks of the world’s hottest curry and Scotland’s first chocolate nan, you are still left with a high quality Indian restaurant. The Kismot is now one of my favourite Indian restaurants in Edinburgh due to the friendly service, comfortable surroundings and of course, the food.
Suitable for disabled? Yes, completely. It’s on ground level and has a fully accessible toilet.