We recieved great service as soon as we walked in - from taking our coats to hang up, tucking us into our chairs, general friendliness and attentiveness with advise on how much rice and nan bread to order; a bit of humour thrown in and a hot towel to cleanse our hands at the end.
I was suprised that there wern't many pakora options on the menu, however it contained a vast selection of other dishes including vegetarian, meat and seafood. We all opted for starters to begin with which were yummy. I had Panir Cutlet - shallow fried cheese - soooooo good and none of the grease that comes with deep fried foods. Normally I have a favourite Indian meal which I order pretty much in every Indian restaurant I go to but I went for something different this time - Kashmiri Murgh - chicken in a mild sauce with tropical fruit and exotic spices. There was plenty of it when it arrived and it was delicious - not too sweet at all! Unfortunately none of us managed to finish our mains because we were just so full from the starters.
This is the most enjoyable Indian meal I have had and it didn't leave me with a bloated feeling I normally get after eating Indian food. I will definately be more adventurous with my choices from now on too!
The restaurant itself is smallish but light and modernly decorated with a few pictures depicting scenes from India. I would have just liked to feel a bit more of India in the decor.
So far I have only gotten take-out here, and I'm very happy with the quality if the food. The veggie dishes were full of actual vegetables, nicely spiced. The okra was a big hit, as was the spinach with butternut squash. The mixed vegetable dish we got (I forget which one it was) was less exciting but still decent (just too heavy on the potatoes for my tastes).
Prices seemed reasonable for what we got.
Upmarket Indian Cuisine.
A whole plethora of celebrities have dined here... including me.
In fact I was so taken with the place, I had my marriage reception here. Unfortunately, that never lasted but the great memories of the food always will.
Keep up the good work guys :)
So, I ate in the restaurant recently.
The food was, of course, still incredibly good and the food is served on these trays with little candles in them to keep everything warm, but .... but ... the service and the atmosphere were definitely lacking.
The atmosphere was almost sterile. It was reasonably modern but not in a chic kind of way. The room itself has potential to be very interesting but the choice of decor just makes it feel dry and uninteresting.
The wait staff, though, are where the real fault sits. They were incredibly stiff, never smiled, hardly paid any attention to our table even when we were trying to a) order drinks or b) get the bill. We'd ended up ordering a bit too much food so, considering this place does takeout, we figured it wouldn't be a problem to ask for a takeaway container. The miserable look we got from the server said it all. He did put our food in a takeaway, but he literally mixed everything (side garnish salad and all) into one container and plonked it on our table like it was a bag of rubbish.
The four stars are because, at the end of the day, the food is exceptional and you can order it for takaway and bypass the stuffy staff.
I enjoy Indian food but find most Indian's come with a layer of grease and can often be quite disappointing. A friend recommended Lancers so we got together and ordered a takeaway from here. I was majorly impressed, there is definitely a jump in quality from the standard Indian restaurant and Lancers Brasserie. The Samosas were like nothing I had ever tasted before, so full of spices and again, without that grease that usually comes with a takeaway.
With neither of us being big eaters, we shared the chicken Bryan which we both enjoyed. It was enough for two to polish off.
I have heard that the restaurant is much better and the staff are very friendly, although it is maybe a little more expensive than the usual Indian. But I think that is because it is that bit better.
Lancers in Stockbridge is somewhat of an Edinburgh institution and has won a number of awards including best Indian restaurant in Scotland. It's been open for quite a few years and the interior is starting to look a little tired now. it's perfectly clean and pleasant just not as pleasant as the food.
The service is pretty good, although was occasionally a little too keen.
Theres a fairly varied menu, with a large number of chicken dishes. A number of traditional favourites such as tandoori chicken and chicken jalfrezie as well as a good choice of everything between korma and vindaloo. A number of the dishes are available with either chicken, lamb or king prawn.
The lamb khatta tarkary (a sauce of chopped garlic and tomato) is absolutely amazing!
The portions were fairly large which means it's good value for money, even though it's a little pricey (mains were about £9-15).
Went into an empty restaurant and asked for a table near the window. Was told nope! You can only sit inthe corner! - it was an empty restaurant at 9.45pm on a friggin Monday! - I walked out, if the service is that bad, I didn't want to try the food!
This is a really great quality Indian restaurant. The dishes really do have great flavour, the lamb dansak being my personal favourite, and its no surprise that this is a much-loved and much-frequented Edinburgh institution. The sauces are rich, not too oily, and the attentive staff make sure you want for nothing.
If you appreciate good quality Indian food then Lancers is definitely the place for you.
Lancers is my Indian Restaurant of choice in Edinburgh - admittedly partially because it is nice and handy in Stockbridge. The greeting is always very friendly and cheerful. The staff are friendly and attentive and the atmosphere amongst diners is normally convivial and warm.
The food is great, the sauces live up to expectations and the portions are generous.
Lancers is well worth visiting, whether on a quiet night out with a partner, or as a slightly larger group.
A great curry house, there are some great specialities as well as the normal curries you would expect. The staff are attentive and friendly and make you feel relaxed from the moment you walk in. The meals are reasonably priced and the wine menu extensive and also reasonable.
A photo of Billy Connely's historic visit to Lancers some years ago welcomes you in but despite this, the sit in experience won't dissapoint. The food is of very high quality and the staff do try to look after you. Would get an extra star is takeways were served warmer!
Lancers is one of the finest Indians in Edinburgh, which is no mean feat. Every meal I have ever tried there has been outstanding. The place is classy without making you feel uncomfortable if casually dressed, service attentive and a sure bet for a fine evening.
food was great! very tasty! we got a table no problem. the staff are very friendly. overall it was enjoyable. very well priced too.
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