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Britannia Spice

Indian, Thai and Bangladeshi Restaurant

2.8 out of 5 2.8/5 from 9 reviews (add your opinion)

150 Commercial Street
Ocean Drive

Phone: 0131 555 2255
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Britannia Spice

Price: £££
Licensed: Yes
Pre-Theatre: No

Takeaway: No

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 1200-1400
Mon-Sat: 1700-0000
Sun: 1700-0000


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A safe bet for decent Indian food and top notch service


This is a large restaurant, capable of holding hundreds on a busy night. Although it was a quiet mid-week night when we visited and the restaurant felt fairly empty, thinking back, there must have been at least 30 people dining - more than lots of Indian restaurants could handle at capacity. A good place to come with a large group - they seem to be well set up to cater for large numbers.

The decor of thre place follows a nautical theme, to tie in with its name and proximity to the Royal Yacht Britannia moored a few hundred metres away at Ocean Terminal. So it's polished brass handrails, sails hanging from the ceiling and anchors and ships' wheels all the way. I'm sure you get the idea. It's all been done pretty tastefully, and certainly looks smarter than your average Indian restaurant.

We had a three course meal, as well as a couple of poppadoms and some chutneys to nibble on while we waited for our starters. All that food and a couple of pints of lager just nudged the bill over the £50 mark, so there were no nasty surprises to be had when that arrived.

The food was good, if unexceptional. To start I had king prawn butterfly and my dining partner assorted kebab. The highlight of the meal were the main courses, unsurprisingly, which were tasty and well cooked. The dessert menu consisted of a rather unappealing list of ice-creams which were clearly not prepared at the restaurant but still succeed in finishing off the meal if you still have the appetite.

We both felt that both of our main courses could have packed a bit more spice. They were both described on the menu as medium-hot, but I think medium would have been more accurate. In fact, as we sat down, we overheard a middle-aged couple mentioning to the waiter that their curries were far too hot for them. Being such a large restaurant appealing to a broader audience than solely curry afficiandos, perhaps they feel they have to tone down the hotness of their dishes to maintain their mass-market appeal?

The lack of kick to the main dish certainly wouldn't stop me returning. The service was exceptional throughout, and the quality of the food almost without fault. I'll just be sure to order something that they describe as "hot" next time.

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3.5 from irishphat (61%) on November 6th, 2007 (11 years ago)

Britannia Spice, 150 Commercial Street, EH6 6LB, Edinburgh

Ate here ages ago for a chamber of commerce thingy. It was very nice indeed. Highly recommend it.

It is a bit out of the way unless you live in Leith but the service was excellent and the setting was very appealing.

It helps that it was paid for by work by the way so I'd have to go back and pay to really have a strong opinion but I'd imagine you're safe enough if I give it 3.5.

Oh yes I should say it is huge and easily has as much room as old Khushis so you should have no problem getting a table. Big open plan room.

The menu seemed to indicate it was a bit more expensive than Khushis as well.

I wIll go again eventually. If I ever go to Leith again that is.

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1 from Bryan (42%) on February 14th, 2008 (11 years ago)

Britannia Spice, 150 Commercial Street, EH6 6LB, Edinburgh

You know those types of reviews that seem to overstate how bad something is, purely because it is an otherwise popular venue.

This will be one of those types of reviews.

I can't believe how awful this place is. Menu: confused. Staff: uppity. Price: prepostrous.

Why people would come here and pay mountains when you can get far better and far cheaper at Kebab Mahal, Verandah, Eastern Pavilions etc etc, is a mystery. It could be that it's a restaurant in a nice location with few parking difficulties and is therefore a place for people for whom parking is more important than the quality of the food.

And it keeps winning awards - aargh!

As stated earlier, this probably isn't the worst curry house in town and I've likely exaggerated how bad it is. But, no doubt, it is a good way distant from being one of edinburgh's best. Try somewhere else.

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4.5 from sogs (19%) on November 27th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Britannia Spice, 150 Commercial Street, EH6 6LB, Edinburgh

A lot of negative views here from what I can only assume are fair weather Indian food eaters. Or cigar smokers with destroyed taste buds. This place wins awards consistently for a very good reason. The food is superb. Simple really?

The staff are great, friendly and bend over backwards. I eat here regularly and yes, do live in Leith. Unlike another contributer here, I like to support my local restaurants especially when they are as good as this. The North Indian Chilli Garlic Chicken is the best I have ever tasted anywhere. Period. I marked this down only because the beer is ridiculously over priced, then all restaurants do this.

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2 from toast (17%) on August 10th, 2008 (10 years ago)

Britannia Spice, 150 Commercial Street, EH6 6LB, Edinburgh

The food is ok. The service is a bit too full on until we wanted to pay then it took ages for someone to come. I don't think it should be award winning as it is over priced, over staffed and over styled.

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5 from Gerge Smith (12%) on January 10th, 2012 (7 years ago)

Britannia Spice, 150 Commercial Street, EH6 6LB, Edinburgh

The name refers to the fact that this award-winning Indian sits on Ocean Drive in Leith overlooking the Royal Yacht Britannia. The dining room has been appropriately decked out with a few maritime artifacts, but it's the food that really counts.

There are not enough great things to say about this place. We booked a table and on arrival were greeted and seated very quickly. The service was fantastic, with Kumar at front of house. The food was wonderful and the atmosphere totally relaxed and unpretentious. Everybody in there wore a huge smile. The Indian mango Kulfi for dessert was out of this world... I even took a photo of it! I could not recommend this place highly enough and we are still talking about it a day later. To see the owner talking out there, interacting with every table was great to see. A real sense that they genuinely appreciate every single customer. One of the finest experiences I have had and would recommend to anyone. Thanks for making it a great night.

Wonderful service, excellent authentic food, terrific ambiance... I love this restaurant. A truly international experience.

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4.5 from Lilly Kane (12%) on June 16th, 2009 (10 years ago)

Britannia Spice, 150 Commercial Street, EH6 6LB, Edinburgh

I can't believe that this restaurant is getting any bad reviews. I ate at Britannia Spice last weekend and thought it was the best Indian food I had had in a long time!

The staff greeted us at the door promptly and our table on a raised area was ready immediately, despite it being busy. They serve Cobra beer so my boyfriend was happy and the house wine was good. Our starters of pakora and chicken kebab could not have been tastier (the chilli dipping sauce is immense!). My boyfriend then had the Garlic Chilli chicken and I went for the Amer Murgh, which was chicken cooked in a really fresh tasting mango sauce. I really don't know how they got the mango to taste so fresh when it had been cooked. We had rice and a really good garlic nan and then coffees after. The bill was reasonable for the amount of food we had and I especially enjoyed the service, which was excellent.

I would definitely go back - we travelled from Prestonpans and it was worth the drive!

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1 from David (12%) on October 2nd, 2010 (8 years ago)

Britannia Spice, 150 Commercial Street, EH6 6LB, Edinburgh

As a great lover of Indian food, I had been looking forward to this but what a disappointment. The waiter who greeted me had a look of utter contempt on his face but cheered up when I asked for a Lamb Rogan Josh with rice and a coke rather than the set lunch menu.

The rice was first class but the curry was tasteless. Only the rice helped add some flavour to the meal. At £14.95 for my lunch, I was left rather disappointed after all the good things I had heard about this place.

I'm sure they can do better than what I experienced. Kebab Mahal was streets ahead of this.

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2 from scottishblend (7%) on July 31st, 2008 (10 years ago)

Britannia Spice, 150 Commercial Street, EH6 6LB, Edinburgh

Does this restaurant seriously win awards? Yes! I was baffled by that one too... don't get me wrong - the food is OK... as long as they supply mountains of salt to add some flavour.

This business is based on presentation, good location, great looking restaurant, well presented polite staff, free parking and it's just across the road from me... However, it stops there...

Food could be better and horrendously overpriced.

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2.5 from pudding (6%) on June 8th, 2009 (10 years ago)

Britannia Spice, 150 Commercial Street, EH6 6LB, Edinburgh

At the tender age of ten, my dear, oldest sister, drove me to the big city of Aberdeen and I was taken for my first "curry".

I toiled through a further seven years of smoked fish and boiled onions. At the dinner table I fidgeted at the hem of my kilt and realised that Inverbervie no longer held any exitement for me.

We were greeted promptly and a sense of disbelief and panic prevailed for the rest of the evening. Our twice confirmed booking for eighteen had somehow been overlooked.

Forty five minutes later we ordered our fist drink. A total of three and a half hours later we paid the bill, and not getting in many drink orders, a large bill at that.

The menu was a sensible and promising size. And I tasted around four of my fellow diners main courses, as you do. The food was plain and sensitively spiced, but lacked depth. Main courses from different parts of the continent and beyond had little in the way of a defining character.

Meat off the bone is easily available, butchered and in a handy package. Ufortunately this leaves a hole in flavour, proper stock preparation becomes an issue, and not just seasoning as has been metioned above.

A very busy restaurant, pleasant service.

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