Real Punjabi cuisine in the heart of Leith
The Punjabi Women’s Kitchen in Leith is an all-round interesting dining experience in Edinburgh.
My first visit here was back in May 2010 and fully admire Sikh Sanjog for setting the business up in the first place.
This community enterprise has helped many Sikh women in multicultural Leith with their skills and confidence, which has ultimately led to paid work after training. The women that work here volunteer for a few weeks at a time and learn from the skills of the regular staff members.
It is open from Wednesday – Saturday from 11.00am – 8.00pm (closed Sunday – Tuesday) and we thoroughly recommend you have a meal here and experience the Punjab Women’s Kitchen for yourself. Fine dining it is not, but I love everything about the place.
From the ‘opened’ sign on the door and the welcoming smiles from women in national dress to the authentic music in the background. The premises are light and airy and have a mixture of tables for two and four, but can be pushed together for small groups.
The menu is actually quite varied and starts at 10am with the Punjabi breakfast consisting of aloo prantha, yoghurt and Indian Masala tea. Available for £3.95 until 11am only – it makes a refreshing change from the full Scottish breakfast.
The food then switches to standard Punjabi fayre and ‘snacks’ such as pakora and poppadoms are available at very reasonable prices. Vegetarian, fish and chicken curries are the mains here (£4.50) but I normally plump for the Special Thali combination for £6.95 which includes a soft drink of your choice.
Included in this mini-feast is curry (meat or vegetarian), daal, yoghurt, chapatti, rice, salad and a poppadom.
No complaints from me on any of the items, but you may be slightly perplexed as how to eat it all. Any way that suits you! I’ve put it all on the tray before and scooped the curry and the daal up with the chapatti and other times I’ve eaten out the little bowls, dipping into the dishes and adding rice. However you eat it, the food is good and trays are always left empty.
Service can be mixed, but you have to remember everyone is learning here. The one thing that is guaranteed is a big smile from the staff who always check to see if you’ve enjoyed your food.
Gulab jamuns and other desserts are available as well as a dessert of the day. At around £2 each, this makes a full lunch here around the £10 mark.
Go and experience it for yourself and be glad that you’re helping Sikh women in the community at the same time.
Punjabi Women’s Kitchen – 122-24 Leith Walk, Edinburgh.
Suitable for disabled? Yes, on ground level with accessible bathrooms.
Update January 2011. We visited again today and found the food to be as good as ever!