When Bollywood superstar Shahid Kapoor slipped into Edinburgh last week with his father Pankaj Kapoor (star of Gandhi) on a pre-production and planning trip ahead of shooting starting on Kapoor senior’s directorial debut Mausam, the trip was kept deliberately low-key, with producers keen to avoid the actor being mobbed by fans intent on tracking him down.
An entourage of around 30 film-makers visited a variety of sites around the Capital, scouting for possible filming locations, but when it came to choosing a location to celebrate Pankaj’s birthday there was really only one choice – Amani, the exotic new lounge restaurant in the heart of Leith.
Amani, which translates as ‘inspiration’, brings something different and exotic to the Capital’s culinary scene with its appealing fusion of Moroccan, Mediterranean and classic Punjabi cuisine – and it proved to be a great hit with the Kapoors.
Amani manager Imtiaz Hussain said, “It was an honour to host a special birthday celebratory feast for Pankaj Kapoor, his son Shahid and other members of their party last Saturday at Amani.
“The birthday party was judged a great success and, judging by the compliments we received on the night, we would hope to host further feasts for the Kapoors and their entourage at Amani when the film-makers return to Edinburgh to start shooting Mausam later this year.”
Other diners looking to follow in the footsteps of Bollywood’s finest at Amani can choose from an eclectic menu offering such starters as: crab samosas (traditional triangular crab and sweetcorn filled pastries with a mint and sweet chilli dip); Shahi vegetable cutlets (potato cutlets stuffed with almonds, sultanas, brie and paneer cheese served with a fresh mint and mango chutney) and Nargasi kebab (boiled quail eggs wrapped in lamb mince and a kashmiri mirch tomato salsa).
Mains include: Hedrabadi lamb korma (lamb shank braised in a yogurt and tomato broth with authentic korma spices and garnished with toasted almonds and pistachios); Anoka chicken (tempura fried chicken goujons topped with a red pepper and asparagus) and
Medina mackerel fillets (baked mackerel fillets with cous cous, drizzled with tamarind and date jus).
Desserts meanwhile include: cardamon crème bruleé; banana tart de’tan and strawberry and orange flower pavlova.
Amani is conveniently located in Bernard Street in the heart of Leith close to Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre and the Malmaison Hotel. Log onto www.amanirestaurant.com for more information.
For further information please contact Silvia Sanjurjo tel 0131 555 4626
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Date 4th June 10