Curry, but not as we know it (in a good way)

OK, so the very pregnant Mrs M. and I decided to try and speed along the arrival of the next generation with a curry last night. Having waited with some anticipation for the doors of ‘Mithas’ – Leith’s latest restaurant, from the stable of Kushi’s – to open, we decided to get on-board.

On arrival, we were greeted by the Maitre’D and given a tour of the beautiful new set-up in Dock Place. There are well-upholstered booths, a quiet dining room, and a private dining room that seats a dozen or more. The main kitchen is also glass-fronted onto the restaurant, affording a view of the experts at work. I’m told the key three guys all come from London-based Michelin-starred establishments, but you might have guessed this from the service anyway.

Mithas is an Indian restaurant with a tapas style of delivery. There are only a few curries on the menu, so you perhaps the only misleading element is the Kushi’s connection.

It’s BYOB on wine – beer and other beverages come from the adjoining South-African themed bar (nice decor and vibe but a peculiar mix against the formidable offer of Mithas. Given we weren’t drinking we didn’t make use of this beyond a couple of sparking waters (from Norway, in very nice-looking bottles!).

OK, so down to the food. We were recommended the Chef’s Tasting Menu (£35/head, min. 2 diners) but with Bambino taking up much of Mrs M’s appetite we opted to just order a selection of items from the menu.

After scallops in a gentle Indian sauce (those for Mrs M being thoughtfully slightly over-cooked by the chef!), we enjoyed Sea Bream – grilled Kolhapuri masala, Murgh Kali Mirch (chicken seasoned with black pepper and cardamon cooked in yoghurt), Lamb Seekh Kebab, a serving of ‘home-recipe’ Chicken Curry (simply undescribably good), Roast Aloo, plus pilau rice and naan.

Given we weren’t drinking, the bill was somewhat more than you’d expect if you thought you were going out for a curry – £55 all in with a tip for the excellent waiters, but worth absolutely every penny.

I think you need a good appetite, a good couple of hours, and an open mind on budget to really enjoy Mithas, but enjoy it you will.

The staff tell me they’re still in a ‘soft launch’ phase at the moment, but they are open. The lunch menu’s tasting platter is offered at a fair £11.95 (£9.95 for vegetarian) so no doubt we’ll be giving that a try too very soon!

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