Edinburgh has no shortage of curry houses, but Shezan has established itself as one of the city’s best, even winning first place in the esteemed Scottish Curry Awards in 2014. Flying the flag for traditional Indian cuisine in Edinburgh, this stylish restaurant on Union Place in the New Town pulls in curry lovers from all over the city with their offerings – book a table at Shezan and find out why for yourself!
Located only a stone's throw away from Edinburgh Playhouse in the New Town, Shezan is the perfect place to stop in for a pre-theatre meal, or to refuel after a day spent hitting up the shops on the nearby Princes Street. With over 30 years of experience dishing up Indian and Punjabi delights to the people of Edinburgh, Shezan’s team are old pros, and the delicious cuisine on the menu is a testament to this. Old meets new over at this sleek restaurant, with traditional Indian dishes served up in the stylishly decorated, modern dining area.
Begin your meal with some garlic or spiced mushrooms, poori (an Indian pancake smothered in a tangy sauce and filled with your choice of prawn, chana, mushroom or chicken) or a classic like samosas and pakora. All of the time-honoured favourites feature on the main course menu, from the fiery vindaloo and jalfrezi to a range of creamy kormas. We recommend the North Indian chilli garlic chicken, barbecued fillets of chicken breast with fresh green chilli and garlic cooked in a special medium-spiced sauce. One of the hottest Indian restaurants in the city, Edinburgh’s spice-loving crowd flock to Shezan. Make a reservation at this popular New Town restaurant on Union Place in advance to avoid disappointment!
My friends and I enjoyed superb food, diligently served in attractive surroundings. The restaurant was pleasantly busy (it was Saturday night) but we didn’t feel rushed.
Great atmosphere and staff very friendly. Can't fault the food either which was adequate and tasty with a good selection to choose from. Plenty of wines available at reasonable prices.
Delicious meal, arrived early, no problem with table and as my partner is gluten free there is a great choice of food. Been before and will definitely be back.
We had another lovely visit to the Shezan on Easter Sunday - it never disappoints. Delicious food and very attentive staff. Can thoroughly recommend it.
Food beautiful,fresh and tasty as ever at the Shezan, each diner had something different and everyone was really complimentary of the taste, presentation and variety. I had chicken dansak, beautifully marinated chunks of chicken coloured through with the marinate and flavour, tarka dal was great and sag paneer was tasty but the spinach could have had more body to it, it was a bot gloopy, nan was a little dry and crispy but ok but all the flavours together are wonderful. The one thing that let the experience down was the service, it was a little chaotic and slow, even although when we arrived there was only one more table of diners in. Service to table was quick, a nice brightly light table by the window, however for 5 adult diners the table was small and we had to do a lot of adjusting of cutlery etc to all get a placing right. 3 of us were sitting at the booth/couch side and the end closest to the window is either broken or about to break, every time the diner at the end moved the whole booth dipped and caved, please get that mended as it will only be a matter of time before it does break and a diner is injured or lands on the floor. 3 attempts to ask for a jug of Edinburgh's finest tap water and glasses before they arrived towards the end of the meal and after our paid for drinks were drank, we got the impression they wanted rid of us soon after we had eaten as the table was cleared really quickly, we weren't offered coffee or desert but then spent the best part of 10 minutes trying to get the attention of the waiter to pay the bill. However very reasonable cost at about £18 per diner including drinks, main, 2 rice, 2 sides and 2 nan. We understand it's the middle of the festival and there was a show on at the Playhouse opposite that we were going to but these wee niggles in a restaurant that consistently turns out truly excellent, tasty affordable food drops point at review time. Would definitely recommend for the amazing food, staff are pleasant but just not firing on all cylinders yesterday.
Went to Shezan on a busy Saturday evening having booked a table for 2. Nice pakora to start followed by a prawn balti which was tasty without being hot and had loads of very good sized prawns. Other half had the king prawn ceylonese curry which was hotter and an interesting change from the usual curry house fare. A masala nan which was huge and nice but not much differently flavoured from an ordinary nan and some pilau rice followed. The portion of pilau rice was small but the size of the nan more than compensated for this. The waiters were whizzing about and our drinks order didn't go through, luckily our waiter realised this and sent it in again although we still needed to wait quite a while for this to arrive. We asked for tap water too and again it didn't appear till we asked again. The service at Shezan is unpredictable, decor basic but the food is good enough to make we want to go again.
Normally the food here is excellent but on this visit to Shezan the food was not up to their usual standard. I found the pakora rather undercooked in the centre and not as crispy as it should be. It was also served with only a minty-flavoured yoghurt, whereas I prefer a choice of this and a chilli-based sauce as accompaniments. My chicken dhansak was very good but my partner found his Ceylonese chicken was far too sweet - the sauce contained grapes - so it was not at all spicy. The plain nan was also not up to their usual standard. While the service in Shezan is always good and prompt they do need to do something drastic about the ladies toilets! It's impossible to lock the door on the farthest away toilet cubicle as the lock slider does not engage the door - it has been like this since at least last summer, so it's extremely disappointing this hasn't yet been fixed. These toilets generally need some attention and upgrading - this alone surprises me that they do so well in the Curry Awards.
The restaurant is fantastic and great overall layout . We like to always have a good laugh when we are out and the waitress loved our joking banter which made our evening thanks Sara for putting up with us ... You were awesome efficient , and reliable at all times not to mention one of the most beautiful natural women I have seen in my life ..:) The other Waiters we are all top and the food was at the highest standard . Great taste and correct amount of spices eaten as one of my friends love his food always hot and they accommodated this. My other friend who is Indian loved the food also which is always a great sign . She reinforced the fact that the food is more authentic than any restaurant she has ever been . Overall worthy of a 5 star rating in all accounts ... But think the overall fantastic gorgeous smile of Sara reinforced this . We will be back in near future . Best regards to all restaurant staff . Incredible sublime standards :) *****
Shezan provided us with the best service and the most amazing food! Since we entered the restaurant till the time we left, the food was exquisite and the team there were attentive and helpful! They even bought out a cake for mine and my husbands anniversary which was delicious. The personal touches on the cake dishes and the personal touches in the host's service made the whole experience a pleasure! A must go!!
The food was nice. Portions were small and meat content in particular was meager. Given the price didn’t reflect that, we felt cheated on either price or the amount served. Sides and the pickle tray were way too expensive again. This is a bit of a con, because in my experience these are often either free of charge or cheap but here, they’re offered as soon as you sit down, before a menu is presented. Biggest problem with our side of aloo saag was it arrived after we’d finished our mains! Service was friendly though and the guys all smiled and tried to help. We felt very rushed from the moment we arrived until the moment we left, even with being offered more time to decide on our order. There was obviously an urgency to turn the table around which, even on a Friday night seemed inappropriate amd off putting. We also had 5 different people serving us and so didn’t build even a modicum of rapport. That may have helped the overall exlerience because, individually, the staff were nice enough. In summary; Tasty food. Expensive drinks. Not great value for money. Rushed but friendly service. Won’t hurry back but I wouldn’t avoid completely if someone else chooses it for us in the future.