Guchhi – Indian Seafood Restaurant, Leith (one very classy joint!)

Wow! Where do I begin with this one?! I had been recommended Guchhi by a couple of fellow Edinburgh Coffee Morning-ers and decided it was high time to visit the opposite end of town and Strawberry Blonde’s 21st (ahem) birthday provided the perfect excuse, so along with AVM we gave it a whirl on a very soggy Wednesday night!

We love Indian food and we love seafood so the concept was hugely appealing to us and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The restaurant’s decor is the epitome of good taste, elegant, warm, and simple and I would love to see it on a busy night as I should imagine the buzz would be fantastic!

Being a celebration, we felt that a bottle of fizz would be the best way to start the evening whilst we settled into the delightful surroundings and checked out the menu. The menu itself is elegantly concise and covers the key areas, with appetisers between £3.95-£6.95, a selection of seafood specialities from £14.95-£28.95 and a selection of Indian Classics & Vegetarian dishes from £6,00-£16.95.

Artichoke Pakora

I opted for the Spiced Parfait, Indian spiced chicken liver paté served with onion chutney (my mouth has just started watering on recalling this, it was SO good!) while AVM chose the Artichoke Pakora and Strawberry Blonde the Shammi Kebabs, lamb mince and roasted chickpeas flavoured with Indian spices and served with a mint dip. Pushing the boat out we also ordered a bottle of red and some poppadums.

Everything about the restaurant and the dishes we were served was different and utterly delicious! Even the poppadums were a triumph with a super texture and the pickles home-made, the tomato one was especially good at pleasingly tickling the taste buds.  The parfait was outstanding, a delicate rolling warmth from the spices and perfectly balanced. The kebabs were simple yet complex, taste, texture and heat again all cleverly in accord. After the starters we couldn’t wait for the Main courses

Tandoori Prawns

For the Mains we all decided to try out the seafood specialities that Das, the Chef and owner is renowned for! As an aside Das was the Head Chef at Loch Fyne for 4 years but started out his career in Delhi, hence the fusion. Unfortunately after a bout of food poisoning last summer from a dodgy scallop I have developed a rather inconvenient allergy to shellfish so was slightly more limited in my options but chose the King Prawn Tandoori, the freshest Madagascan king prawns marinated in chilli, coriander & lemon juice and cooked in a clay oven. SB ordered Guneshwar Scallops, oven baked with a Bombay duck sauce and AVM the Tandoori Crab.

Scallops with a Bombay duck sauce

Again the dishes did not disappoint, my prawns were also the largest (as well as the freshest) and so succulent and tasty! AVM’s crab was delivered whole and looked impressive but knowing how messy she can be she (wisely) took the option of Chef dressing it for her. I could only sit back and gaze longingly at both the scallops and crab as they were polished off with much gusto by the girls! Das dropped by our table to say hello which was a lovely touch and allowed us the pleasure of telling him in person how much we were enjoying the whole Guchhi experience.

Tandoor cooked Crab

We decided against a dessert and paid the bill (£40 each with a generous tip) then we realised that the music had changed and it was a birthday song being played and then a slice of chocolate cheesecake with a candle on it and 3 spoons were popped on our table, outstanding customer service especially as cheesecake isn’t on the dessert menu and it was  nicely done after we had already paid, very classy!

Happy Birthday Strawberry Blonde!

Guchhi surprised and impressed us on every level, incredibly well thought out and the most delicious fusions, it really was the most delightful assault on my taste buds! Our waiter was highly engaging and the decor elegant. A new favourite, I won’t be hesitating to recommend it and will definitely be going back myself. (very soon too I suspect!) and I think is a cautious 9/10. (We were the only diners and although that didn’t in the slightest detract from the experience it would be interesting to see the quality and service when the kitchen and staff are under more pressure.)

Das, the very talented owner and Chef at Guchhi

Any downsides? not really, if I were to be highly critical though, I’d scrap the paper place settings, sporting the lunch menu, which aren’t really in keeping with the tasteful style & ambience and invest in some new, more heavy duty cutlery.

& a final word from the ladies…..

AVM:  “Please Sir I want some more! Corker of a place.”

Strawberry Blonde: “Best Indian seafood i’ve tasted since dining on a beach in Mamallapuram nearly ten years ago! A suitable birthday treat! And looking forward to going back on a busier evening and seeing if they can reproduce the same quality en masse.”

Guchhi, 9-10 Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6JA. 0131 555 5604


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3 Responses to “Guchhi – Indian Seafood Restaurant, Leith (one very classy joint!)”

  1. Claire
    January 24, 2011 at 9:02 am #

    I’m not normally a lover of Indian food, however went along with the girls on Saturday night to sample the “6 tapas and bottle of wine for “£20” menu and really enjoyed! We all ordered something different and it was good to try a mixture of mild, medium and extremely hot food on offer. The waiters were all very attentive and helped with our decision making. Already have plans to go back – FABULOUS!!!

  2. Sridhar Reddy
    April 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    I have heard of Guchhi,when my friends visited india.They say that its the heaven of india.


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