107 Newington Road | Edinburgh EH9 1QW
Situated close to Pollock Halls and the synagogue, Voujon has been open for almost three years. Inside is bigger and more stylish than its shopfront implies, and the waiters are attentive and pleasant. While I'm there, they also skilfully kick out a couple of muppets near the window who've rather overstayed their welcome by regaling the entire restaurant with their gormless banter.
Swearing off the demon drink today, I eschew the wine list and focus on the food. A hefty portion of aloo gobi makes for an ideal starter, served on a novel partitioned plate with salad. My companion's dhal puri could be warmer, but we're both too distracted by the fabulous mango sauce to worry about it.
For my main course, I opt for king prawn tandoori tikka masalam. As someone who's still fairly new to Indian cuisine, I'm impressed enough by its brilliant shade of red before I even get started, although fortunately the taste is also fantastic. Alice has sag panir with a side of fresh okra; she claims it's nice but not super, but changes her tune after subsequently heating up the leftovers. We share garlic and coriander nan, and ghee bat (rice with fried onions), which also work out well, with portions just the right size.
We finish up with fancy desserts. The forest fruits yoghurt, although it looks impressive, loses a few points for the still-frozen berries. But the coconut ice cream served in a coconut shell is a winner. Overall, Voujon is a little hit or miss, but mostly on the hit side; with so much affordable, interesting food to choose from, it's definitely worth a look.