Yesterday we drove from Nairn in The Highlands of Scotland to Leith, the seaside part of Edinburgh. En route we stopped at the Replica VR Penfold pillar box we visited a couple of years ago. We hadn’t stopped for a leg stretch since Aberdeen so decided we’d have a drink at the 3 Bridges Restaurant in South Queensferry, opposite the pillar box. They have an amazing view of the Forth Rail and Road bridges. While I nipped to the loo Mr C picked up a copy of ‘Pints Of View,’ the magazine of Edinburgh and South-East Scotland CAMRA (Campaign For real Ale.) When we went and sat outside he mentioned an article in the magazine about a new restaurant in Leith called VDeep who were serving real ales and curry, an innovative menu of tapas-style food produced under the guidance of Hardeep Singh Kohli with food from Head Chef Ruairidh Skinner. As we started driving again Mr C went on to the ‘www’ in the clouds to check out their website and menu and everything sounded good, very good, well worth a visit.
On arrival in Leith I am so glad that I booked a table online through VDeep’s website. When we arrived it was like a weekend rather than a Monday evening, the whole vibe was brilliant. It was like there was a party at VDeep and everyone should be there. The place was packed! Definitely pre book a table so you don’t miss out.
Once seated we were told it was their vegan menu night… not a problem.
We were sat on the raised area at the back by the kitchen… great to listen and watch everything happening… I wonder how people can work in such a manic full on environment. They must be made of strong stuff to work at such a pace! VDeep has lovely serving staff and a very well managed kitchen and restaurant, the restaurant had a great feel to it. I loved it when I heard the kitchen staff told ‘Every minute is a minute closer to the kitchen closing!’
A simple and straightforward menu, tapas style so easy to share… we probably over ordered but everything was delicious. We ordered coconut rice, naan bread, poppadoms and chutney, onion/potato/spinach pakora with tamarind dip, split pea dal, chola channa masala and pea and tamarind samosa.
We decided to have a dessert… oh my…. please sir can I have another? We chose a Fudge Coconut Ladoo to share… Delicious…. Wonderful…. I dreamt of those delicious morsels of coconut all night!
Now you see them… now you don’t!
The beer was great too and yes they had vegan beers available as well as a range of real ale and craft beers. The whole idea of the restaurant was set up around good beers and great curry in one place. A perfect duo… curry and beer!
Everything was full of flavour and spiced in a way that didn’t make me pull faces, this was about the ingredients as much as the taste. The naan bread was light and fluffy. I don’t do curry usually but I so liked what I ate last night at VDeep. It wasn’t about creamy sauces which is what usually puts me off, it was all about the ingredients. We didn’t feel over full after like you do sometimes after Indian meals. Was this because everything wasn’t full of butter and cream? Did the flavour suffer with no meat, fish or dairy… not at all! I’m a bit of a fussy eater, especially with meat curries, but I enjoyed every part of this meal and would definitely go back and recommend to friends… vegan, vegetarian and carnivores alike!
The music was rocking… in fact we have a cool playlist on the iPod that we’d been listening to on our drive south… it was almost the same tracks at VDeep!
I loved the wall art, especially the ‘No Mango Chutney’ above our table. Our table was an old door with a sheet of perspex screwed on top, a simple and cool way to recycle and I was sat on an old church pew. Loving the cushions on the pew!
It was the second vegan night they’d held at VDeep, the first was the end of May 2015, we were there on 29 June 2015.
If you’re in the area what are you waiting for? Curry and beer… you know you wany to!
VDeep, 60 Henderson Street, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE
Telephone 0131 563 5293
@VDeepLeith on twitter
Open 7 days a week.
I have not been asked or paid to make this review. All comments are my own.