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Basil Indian Restaurant
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Basil Indian Restaurant.
21 Carnegie Drive,
Dunfermline,
KY12 7AN
01383.623222
Mon closed Lunch Tues - Sat 12 noon –2pm; Dinner Tues – Thurs 4:30–10:30pm; Fri & Sat 4:30–11pm & Sun 4pm - 10pm.

This newly opened Indian restaurant in Dunfermline may lack wow factor with its location, ‘roadside’ and near the bus station, but once inside you are transported to another world – one of spicy gastronomic delights. 

Basil has a hospitable buzz and large colourful prints of Indian street life set the scene for authentic sub-continental cuisine.

Mr Bite and me were lucky enough to grab a Saturday night sitting and once settled we munched on poppadoms and pickles. Super-fresh and evidently homemade our interest was piqued. 

From the Tandoori I chose monkfish for my starter which had been dusted in gram flour and coated with crushed coconut, pepper and herbs. It was as tender as this meaty fish can be, presentation was refined and even the green salad was good; usually a perfunctory addition to the plate this one was so refreshing it was a joy to eat. Mr Bite had the fish pakora which although deep-fried he described as being particularly light and crispy (gram flour again).  

Main courses were a lamb special for me and a classic chicken Murgh Punjab Handi for Mr B. The lamb was flavoursome and the portion was just right especially with the addition of pilau rice and a garlic naan as big and fluffy as a duvet!  Again the fresh herbs in the sauces were key to both dishes and clearly the chef is skilled at delivering flavour, not just heat. Senior chef Subash Neupane has decades of experience and did a lengthy stint at the famous London eatery Chutney Mary whilst Chef Bishnu Neupane has worked in 5 star restaurants in India, Dubai and London. 

The menu is vast and Basil is clearly working hard to cater for all tastes. Based on what we ate anyone who appreciates Indian food will be in curry heaven. 

My only gripe was that desserts were very pedestrian. Pistachio kulfi would have fared better without the squirty cream which drowned what was otherwise just passable. Re the wine nothing jumped out from the Wine List or by the glass (although I have to say my slightly sweet Zinfandel rose was quite good with the monkfish and spicy food).

I will end on a sweet note though as overall we had a really good meal. Basil is a fine and welcome addition to the eating scene of the 'auld grey toon' and Mr Bite and me will likely order again soon. 

In fact my mouth is watering as I consider Goan fish curry, butter chicken or pan-fried sea bass in coconut and south Indian spices, decisions, decisions. (S. Wilson) 

Win a Meal for 4 to the value of £100 at Basil!  


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