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Conveniently pitched on the Royal Mile, just five minutes’ walk from Edinburgh Castle, this smart-looking Indian makes an agreeable impression with its big mirrors, elegant furnishings, pictures of
the Taj Mahal and a huge digital print depicting Indian spices. The kitchen deploys the aforementioned flavourings for a menu that covers all the familiar curry-house staples from tandooris and
tikkas to biryanis, jalfrezis, baltis, kormas and dhansaks – all with a noticeable Punjabi accent. Specials such as Afghan karahi chicken or the weird-sounding chocolate masallam are also worth
considering. Set lunch deals (from £6) appeal to the business crowd, while ‘filling-station snacks’ of puri wraps, pakoras and the like can be picked up for a fiver. Popular for parties and private
Serendipity is a wonderful thing. When I walked past the old site of Creeler’s the other night, and spotted that it was in the midst of the refit, my initial reaction was, “ah, so that’s where Mark Greenaway is moving to.” And how wrong I was, as when I walked past the place, today, what did I spot but a newly opened Indian, by the name of Royal Spice.I took a little glance in the window, spotted that their lunchtime menu looked keenly priced, and decided to forego my planned trip to a nearby bratwurst stand to play the role of their first ever lunchtime customer, instead...
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