I’ve told you about my guilty pleasure must-meal when visiting the UK. Now, I’ll tell you all about B’s. Although he will happily eat an all-day breakfast with me, it’s dinner he really craves . . . and it’s not the traditional, British bangers and mash as you might expect, or even his mum’s Sunday roast (although, bless, her roast is phenomenal). Point blank, the man craves curry. And the second we touch down in the UK, he’s overcome with peshwari naan brain. Symptoms: smelling curry at random on the streets, complaints of hunger despite recent mealtime, and sad, longing looks when we pass an Indian-related anything.
I didn’t get on the curry boat until I moved to the UK. In the US we love Chinese, Mexican and Italian food, but Indian cuisine is not a huge staple in our international dining circle. But in the UK, it’s the BEST. On a typical Friday night, instead of getting a pizza or some Chinese takeaway, the Brits get a tandoori chicken or a tikka masala. This lingo may sound foreign, but in the UK it’s beloved household terminology. And it’s also frickin’ delicious. Speaking of delicious, meet Khushi’s, the cure to B’s naan-brain. We told our gracious hosts (B’s brother and sister-in-law) that we needed curry, and they kindly obliged, recommending one of the most popular spots in town. If you’re going to eat at Khushi’s, I heed you to make a reservation. They’re not super posh, but they’re not cheap, and their food is in high demand. We had a reservation for 8pm, and when we arrived the place was packed. Every seat in the house was full – on a Thursday! – adding to the bright and colorful ambiance of the restaurant. One thing I forgot to mention about Khushi’s is that they’re a BYOB place. So before you arrive, swing by your local Asda and grab a good bottle of wine, or a few pints of cider. At Khushi’s they’ll open your bottle, bring you a glass, and chill your alcoholic drinks – all free of charge. They’ll also bring you a platter of dips and sauces, and a tall stack of poppadoms for dunking.Now comes the hard part – deciding what to order. The menu at Khushi’s has almost all of the Indian specialties you would expect. Think curries, lamb, and seafood dishes, just swimming in rich and fragrant spices. For B, ordering was easy. He’s a chicken korma kinda guy. Chicken korma is actually my favorite too – mildly spiced chicken breast served in an almond-coconut cream sauce. *swoon* But as you can imagine, this dish is also very heavy, and not ideal for late night dining. So I leave the korma and the peshwari naan (flat bread stuffed with pistachios and raisins) to B. Stealing bites is one of my favorite food pastimes, anyways ;)This time around I really couldn’t decide, and splurged for the mixed grill – a big platter of chicken tikka, prawns, lamb chops, and seekh kebab, served with salad, chickpeas, and a creamy yogurt sauce.B and his bro shared a few curries – the korma (as I guessed!) and a chicken tikka masala. B’s sister-in-law (who I have mentioned several times now – her actual name is Frankie!) went for the brinjal masala – a scrumptous eggplant dish served in a tomato and onion sauce. We got a few naan and some basmati rice for the table to share, and were golden.
I think we were all members of the clean plate club that evening. I even recall shamelessly scraping around the edges of the korma bowl with a big, warm piece of naan, greedily lapping up every last drop!If you’re interested in a meal at Khushi’s, you can find their website here. Unfortunately for me, they’re located in Edinburgh. But next time you’re in Scotland and craving a curry, I highly giving them a try. And don’t forget to make a reservation first – they’re that good!