Friday May 19th 2023
We are very lucky in Midlothian to have some excellent Indian restaurants such as the award winning Radhuni in Loanhead and Itihaas in Dalkeith to name but two, but there has been an Indian takeaway sized gap on Bonnyrigg High Street for quite some time, so the appearance of the Bonnyrigg Spice was a very welcome sight indeed! This newly opened Indian takeaway is quickly making a name for itself in the Midlothian culinary scene, and it’s easy to see why.
From the moment I stepped inside, I was given the warmest of welcomes by owner and chef Shahin Khan. Shahin has a wealth of experience in the Indian restaurant trade and moved to Edinburgh in 2003 to open and run what proved to be the very successful Gandhi’s restaurant. After taking some time out to spend time with family, Shahin is now keen to seize the opportunity to bring his experience and culinary creativity to Bonnyrigg.
The menu at Bonnyrigg Spice is an enticing collection of traditional and innovative Indian and Bangladeshi dishes, each freshly prepared with meticulous attention to detail. With a wide variety of vegetarian, meat, and seafood options, there’s certainly something to satisfy every palate.
We started our meal with the assorted kebab and pakora selection, all cooked to perfection and full of colour and flavour. The chicken and lamb kebabs, which are baked in their traditional clay oven, were so tender and beautifully spiced, and made for a perfect introduction to our meal.
For the main course, we opted for the Chicken Tikka Biryani and the lamb Rogan Josh. The lamb Rogan Josh was a succulent delight, with tender lamb pieces swimming in a rich, spicy sauce that had just the right balance of heat and spices. The Biryani was a meal in itself and combined the flavours of tender chicken tikka pieces with perfectly cooked basmati rice and a blend of aromatic spices. Absolutely delicious!
Accompanying the mains were mushroom rice (my personal favourite) and freshly baked garlic naan bread. The rice was fluffy and aromatic, providing the ideal canvas for savouring the flavours of the curry. The naan bread was light as air and was generously filled with a pungent mixture of fresh garlic and coriander, an excellent accompaniment for scooping up every last bit of the delicious Rogan Josh sauce.
What truly sets Bonnyrigg Spice apart is their commitment to using high-quality ingredients and their dedication to authentic flavours. Shahin is clearly a very talented and passionate chef who takes pride in all the dishes that he creates and is dedicated to providing the highest levels of customer service.
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and felt we had been treated to an absolute feast. Whether you’re a fan of Indian cuisine or a newcomer to its many delights, Bonnyrigg Spice is a Midlothian must-visit destination that will leave you wanting to go back for more. A very welcome addition to Bonnyrigg High Street.
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