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1 Leven Street,
0131 228 3322
Mon - Sun: 12 noon - 10.30pm

“This was a great idea" I say to my two friends as I tuck in at Tuk Tuk.


Our table is laden with small dishes themed on Indian road and railway street food and we are diving into the pickles, scooping up the sauces.


My mango lassi (£2.90) arrives in a glass decorated with a swirl of strawberry syrup as scarlet and provocative as Lolita's lip gloss. A pink cocktail umbrella and lime green straw add to the temptation of this fruity cooler; delicious.


I have ordered Bengalis fishcakes (£4.50), chunky white fish in a crispy batter and tarka dhal (£3.95); the latter is soaked up with a pieces of Peshwari nan smeared  with flourescent, sugary, coconut paste. It works really well as a foil to the hot spicy food. I taste Liz's butter chicken (£4.50) and it is creamy and moist. Anne's chicken achari (£4.50) is totally different. It has been cooked with lime and pickle, Liz detects the caramel undertones of tamarind, Anne recognises that it has been cooked by the handi cooking method. Individual sauces are slow cooked in thick bottomed pans and this explains why each or our dishes have such unique flavours. Tuk Tuk plan to sell recipe packs so you can experiment at home.


Baby aubergine and potato (£3.95) and papri chat (£4.50), crunchy, wheat crisps, potato, chick peas and yoghurt are just two of the dishes we try from several vegetarian options. Pescetarians and flexitarians should be equally happy.


For dessert I choose almond kulfi and Liz has the pistachio version (£2.90). They are lollipops presented in glasses, which, as Liz points out, would be essential when waiting for your train in the Indian heat. Anne orders saffron ice cream (£2.90). The portion easily feeds three and is choc full of the precious spice.


Design is clever; railway sleepers on the walls, upturned metal buckets as lights and retro Bollywood toiletries in the ladies.


The bill was £45 for three people; very easy on the pocket and there is a BYOB policy for wine and beer.


Here's to a return journey. ( S. Wilson)


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