REVIEW – Christmas Meal at the Spice Pavilion


Haggis and turkey feature on this Indian Christmas menu.

Perhaps having Christmas dinner at an Indian restaurant isn’t to everyone’s taste, but let me assure you, it’s well worth having at The Spice Pavilion in the New Town.

Samosas with Crombie's haggis

We do love the restaurant and have reviewed it before for a table of two and a group meal but were interested to see how they would cope with a small Christmas party.  There were eight of us in total, but this review covers two diner’s choices only.

We were warmly welcomed by the staff who took our coats and hats were taken away to be dried out in the staff room whilst we perused the set Christmas menu at £19.95 per person.  Our complimentary poppadoms and dips were brought swiftly to our table as well as the drinks order.

I was intrigued to see what the haggis samosa would taste like, so ordered it for my starter whilst one of my dining partners chose the spicy turkey.  The manager informed us that the haggis had been supplied from Crombies in Broughton Street and was nothing short of heavenly.  The haggis samosa set the tone for the rest of the meal – one of pure excellence.

The spicy turkey starter also received approval and choices of two vegetarian starters  for the non-meat eaters in our party were available.

Main courses were served in unision for the table.   I quickly tucked into my dish of chicken pasanda with lemon rice and peshwari nan bread, whilst my dining partner went for his favourite Kathmandu murgh.  Both of the dishes were perfect in quantity as well as quality, with extremely succulent chicken and wonderful spices.

Delightful Indian food makes a good Christmas meal alternative

Between the table, we covered half of the 15 or so dishes available on the Christmas menu, all receiving  praise.   Along with various rices and nan breads and there wasn’t a morsel of food left on anyone’s plate.

Our table was swiftly cleaned and hot moist towelettes handed out.  A suffucient period of  ‘rest time’ passed before our dessert of ice cream kulfu with gulab jaman was served followed by tea and coffee (with mints).

The whole experience was faultless with a great restaurant atmosphere (without being too loud).  At £19.95 (+ alcohol + tip) makes it a good value Christmas meal for the quality of the Indian feast delivered.

The Spice Pavilion continue to provide excellent food with a genuine smile and we’re very tempted to pay them a visit on Christmas day as they’re serving a special menu on the 25th for the same price.

Christmas menu - available now

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