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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Authentic Indian cooking in buzzing café setting

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At a glance

All day dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Open since 2008 and boisterous Edinburgh sibling to the Glasgow mothership, this bustling Indian café is tucked away behind the university buildings but it’s well worth going off the beaten track for. With its mismatched furniture, unclothed tables and disposable napkins, it’s chaotic, unpretentious and homespun but the vibrant tapas-sized Indian dishes use prime raw materials and are well executed. Start with spiced haddock oven baked with Punjabi spices before moving on to a mild and creamy chicken tikka makhni topped with nuts or patina lamb cooked with mint. Garlic mushroom pakora is one of several meat-free options.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 1 January, 25–26 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Dinner served until: 10.30
  • All day dining

Chef

  • Chef: Ajay Kumar Sharma

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Indian tapas
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 8
  • Wines by the glass: 8

Price guide

  • Starter from 3.75
  • Main course from4.45
  • Dessert from1.75
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 3
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 110
  • Off-site parking available: NCP nearby

Additional information

  • Seats: 110

Getting here

100mtrs from Royal Mile to south, near Royal Oak

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Edinburgh Waverly
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