Serves meat, veg options available. Indian restaurant, nice setting. Menu includes a vegetarian section with vegan options. Price: Expensive more-less
Indian, Beer/Wine, Take-out, Non-veg
7 Bridge Street, Kirkwall
Orkney Islands, Scotland KW15 1HR

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First Review by sherill
  • vegan

A no-go area for vegans - avoid!

Posted on 07 / 27 / 2015

We called at Dil Se having seen it recommended here. We went in at 4pm to check the restaurant could accommodate the 2 food allergies in our group (dairy, and onions) and were told that this would be fine, everything would be cooked to order and these requests could be accommodated.

Unfortunately, when we came back later, we were told that they could not accommodate a request for dishes to be non-dairy, as ALL THE FOOD IS COOKED IN A MIXTURE OF GHEE, BUTTER AND OIL! On insisting that we were told that this was fine, they eventually agreed to cook my food in plain oil, but it took a great deal of persuasion.

Unfortunately, the request for no onions, which was apparently possible, was completely ignored by the kitchen.

On paying the bill (which contained no reductions, as it should have, given the poor service) I was specifically singled out and called "difficult" by the waiter.

I have never been treated so badly by a restaurant. I frequently eat Indian food, both at home and in restaurants around the country, and it is usually simple to accommodate a request for food to be cooked in oil (all I wanted was a chickpea curry and plain rice!).

I will never go back to Dil Se, and I would encourage anyone with an allergy or intolerance to avoid it. It is clearly not suitable for vegans at all.

Generally, the food was bland, the ingredients were not fresh and the food was not at all spicy.

Pros: None
Cons: Terrible service/rude staff, Inability to accomodate vegans, Completely ignored our allergies
Linda H
Linda H
  • vegan

Dil Se

Posted on 03 / 30 / 2012

I can't say enough good things about this restaurant, so good we eat there most weekends. The surroundings are lovely, great, friendly staff and every dish has a veggie option. The food is very fresh and extremely tasty, and you'll never leave feeling hungry!

Pros: Great food, Great staff, Nice surroundings
Cons: None
  • vegetarian

Good option for vegetarians and vegans in Kirkwall

Posted on 05 / 09 / 2009

My husband (then fiance) and I ate at Dil Se when in Kirkwall a couple years back and thought it was quite good. Nice atmosphere, good variety and attentive staff. There are a lot of vegetarian options on the menu and everything is clearly labelled. If vegan, like us, just mention that you can't have dairy and they will help you with the menu.


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Last updated: 2008/05/21


Added: 2008/05/21


Added by: sherill