Jan 2015 Mithas is now closed.
The weather is dreich, damp and chilly. Lunch on such a day needs to lift your spirits and set you up for the afternoon ahead. My chef friend A and I stepped into Mithas and were soon transported to a much warmer, welcoming place.
We held a Savoury not Sweet event at Mithas, and have eaten memorable meals at night – the tasting menus are not to be missed. This, however, was the first time I had eaten lunch here. The restaurant now extends to fill the entire block in Dock Place. Originally, it was a bring your own establishment, now there’s a bar where you can sit whilst waiting for your table and drinks are available with your meal. A. is currently developing a new restaurant and was busy taking notes on the beautifully finished decor and later the loos. She was very impressed.
Lunchtime menus are varied. There are grilled quick bites, platters and light tasting menus in either vegetarian or meat/fish versions. We decided on the platters and ordered one non-vegetarian £11.95 and one vegetarian £9.95. The meal is so much more than a platter. To start, we supped “Indian soup” – spicy, tomato-y, instantly warming. Our next course was a beautiful salad. Tiny slivers of mango and papaya nestled in a mixture of leaves and micro herbs.
We supped thick luscious mango lassi and after a short wait our platters arrived. I know it sounds a cliche, but what a feast for the eyes!
Common to both platters were the pilau rice, raita and tarka dahl. A and I shared all the remaining “bites”. We discovered spinach and fig tikki. The fig in these lightly spiced patties was a master stroke – a lovely texture added to the smooth spinach. Tandoori paneer tikka were thick squares of Indian cheese with tikka sauce. The fish kebab was moist monkfish. We dotted about savouring all the different flavours. Just my sort of food, just the right size portions. We were sorry not to have room for desserts which sounded intriguing – a seasonal “tira misu” for example.
If you’ve not yet discovered Mithas, you are truly missing a gem. Whether you can escape for lunch or indulge in a long languid dinner, please make a visit soon!
7 Dock Place, Leith
Edinburgh EH6 6LU
Tel: 0131 554 0008