The other night I headed down to deepest, darkest Leith (and by that I mean 60 Henderson Street, just a 2 minute walk from the Shore) for the launch night of Edinburgh’s brand new craft beer & curry bar, V Deep. A collaboration between comedian & TV presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli and head chef Ruairidh Skinner of The Vintage, V Deep brings together two of Scotland’s loves – beer and curry – in a brand new setting. As Hardeep himself said, V Deep is a bar with food rather than the other way round. The menu of craft beers, both draught and bottled, is extensive and the food menu is designed to compliment these unique drinks.
At the launch party, Laura and I settled in at a table opposite the bar with Lianne and her fiance Robin and ordered ourselves some drinks whilst we nibbled on the chips and dips. My favourite drink of the night was definitely the Drygate Brewing Co’s Outaspace Apple Ale, one of V Deep’s house draft beers. The apple gave it a sweet cidery taste but the finish was more like a lager so it perfectly complimented the spicy food. Throughout the evening we tucked into mini versions of some of the main dishes, including haggis & apple pakoras, tandoori chicken, mutton achari, dhal makhani, venison koftas, Punjabi BBQ chicken wings and curried stovies. All of the little bites were delicious and I can’t wait to go back soon and sample the full menu (well, it might take more than one trip to sample the full menu…)! The dishes are kind of tapas style, designed to be perfect for sharing along with a couple of friends and a couple of pints, so you can try out more traditional dishes, reinvented classics and “East vs West” mash-ups.
The restaurant is located in the same space as the old Vintage, but it’s had a bit of a makeover with neon graffiti and reclaimed furniture (the tables are old doors!) mixed in amongst the exposed brick and old cornicing. At the back of the room you can see into the kitchen as the chefs are busy preparing the food, or grab a table closer to the front and peruse the 10 craft keg beers, 3 craft cask beers and over 20 bottled craft beers behind the bar. The atmosphere was nice and relaxed, and you could easily spend a good few hours working your way through both the beer and food menus.
You can find V Deep at 60 Henderson Street, Leith, and it opens for business today, Saturday 21st February.