Edinburgh, United Kingdom
August 8, 2002
A man quickly brought me a menu. I ordered a diet coke, which cost 1.60 euro. This was brought to me right away. Then I ordered lentil soup (2.60 euro), as my starter. It was just an average size, but arrived quickly and was very tasty and warm. It was only mildly spicy, but I squeezed the lemon into it, which I loved (I got hooked on lime or lemon juice in soups when I was in Mexico).
For the main meal, I ordered a vegetarian thali plate (7.70 euro). It was brought to me not long after the server took away my just-empty soup bowl. It was served in a huge sectioned metal plate. In the center was a small lettuce and tomato salad with a creamy dressing, and in the outside sections were a yogurt sauce, colored basmati rice, and three vegetable curries (one spinach and tofu, another featuring potatoes and peas, and the last a runny lentil curry). A small dish of chapati also came with it. Each of the curries were excellent. I was very glad that I selected this dish, because I hate making food decisions and this is one way to avoid it—I got a little bit of ‘everything’!
The service was simple but satisfactory. My server wasn’t very chatty, but I’m sure he knew I couldn’t speak any German; at that point I had not yet even mastered the German phrases for identifying my lack of German ability. A couple other men associated with the restaurant were in and out of the front counter area, and one in particular seemed very friendly.
While I was there, I saw several people come in and order food from the takeaway counter. I am fairly certain that the food available for takeaway is cheaper than dining in, but I also already know it’s high-quality, so this might be a great place to grab a meal to take back to the hostel or hotel.
From journal Multiethnic Dining in Frankfurt