I had lunch with Lola Akinmade Akerstrom and her family at the Mezbaan South Indian Restaurant in Edinburgh in June 2012 using a Groupon voucher. I had previously received credit from Groupon, to choose and try some of their deals. This restaurant deal, priced at Â£29, included a starter and a main course for four people (although only three of us ate there). The voucher was only valid at lunchtime, so I wondered if I’d be able to get a booking on a Saturday. However, when I phoned to make the reservation, I was offered any time that suited me.
Interior of Mezbaan Edinburgh
The only things not included in the deal were the seafood options which carried a Â£3.95 supplement on starters and Â£5.95 on main courses. But that wasn’t an issue, as there were plenty of chicken, lamb and vegetarian options. In fact I was quite bewildered by the choice and asked for recommendations. I started with a Masala Dosa (pancake).
Masala Dosa starter at Mezbaan Edinburgh
Lola’s husband’s Chicken Pakora was tender and moist.
Chicken Pakora starter at Mezbaan Edinburgh
Lola’s Mixed Grill was supposed to be lamb, chicken and prawn, but arrived with no prawns. Maybe that was because we were eating on the Groupon deal?
I didn’t get any decent photos of the main courses. I had the Goan Chicken, as I’d asked for a mild dish. It had a flavour I hadn’t tasted before in Indian food. Lola had the Lamb Cafriel, cooked in a green masala sauce served with peppers and her husband had the Lamb Kottayan, where the meat was cooked with lentils.
Overall I was very happy with this Groupon deal meal. Everything was very tasty and it was good value for money, with most starters normally costing around Â£5 and main courses around Â£11. I was able to book a table on the day and time that suited us, the menu supplements were clearly stated on the voucher and the staff were very pleasant.
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