Mother India's Cafe, Edinburgh

3-5 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH1 1LT
Critics Review 12/20
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Monday: 12:00 - 14:00 | 17:00 - 22:30
Tuesday: 12:00 - 14:00 | 17:00 - 22:30
Wednesday: 12:00 - 14:00 | 17:00 - 22:30
Thursday: 12:00 - 14:00 | 17:00 - 22:30
Friday: 12:00 - 23:00
Saturday: 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 22:00

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About Mother India's Cafe, Edinburgh

Our ‘twist on tapas’ has rapidly become a firm favourite with both locals and visitors to Scotland’s Capital.
Whether you’re popping out for lunch or heading off for a night out at one of Edinburgh’s many attractions, the Café is an affordable and tasty option.
Eating out with your partner, family or friends is a pleasant occasion and the Menu at the Café is aimed at encouraging just that, with tapas the whole meal is a shared experience and the range of freshly prepared and tasty dishes on offer encourages people to try both favourites and something different.
Please join us soon and try out this ‘way of eating’.

Cuisine: Indian, Vegetarian

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Critics Review
Review By Andy Hayler
12/20
Mother India is generally reckoned to currently be the best Indian restaurant in Glasgow, and in 2008 they opened a branch in Edinburgh. Just off South Bridge, the restaurant has two dining areas and a menu with portions designed for "sharing", as is the fashion these days. It is quite a casual place, with no tablecloths and service that was so relaxed it was practically horizontal. The menu had a fairly long selection of familiar north Indian dishes. There was a short wine list too, with seven choices ranging in price from £17 to £21. Example labels were La Farfalla Pinot Grigio at £18 for a bottle that you can find in the high street for £7, and Coin des Coquins Sauvignon Blanc/Gros Manseng at £21 compared to its retail price of about a tenner. The best dish was fish pakora, fried fish in this case using haddock rather than tilapia, and with a clean tasting coating. Haddock has enough flavour to work well in this dish and hold its own with the spices, and was accurately cooked (14/20). This was better than garlic chilli chicken, whose small chunks of chicken lacked inherent flavour, and with a sauce that was just one dimensionally hot, though there were a few shreds of fresh ginger (11/20). Aloo gobi came with green beans as well as potato and cauliflower, and was a reasonable rendition of the dish, though the vegetables were cooked a little longer than ideal (12/20). Paratha is a difficult bread to do well: it can easily be too buttery and greasy, or go the other way and be dry and crumbly. This was a good balance, and was served fresh and hot, which it often is not (13/20). As noted, service was barely functional despite this being a very quiet early lunch with only a couple of other diners. I actually had to get up and head off to the bar to get a top up of water, the waiters being otherwise engaged with, well, something other than actually serving customers. The bill came to £17.40 before service with just water to drink, though if you had alcohol and a dessert then a more typical cost per head would be around £40 all in. The food itself was quite reasonable overall, if rather variable in standard, but if they struggle to serve two tables of diners competently then I dread to think how slow things must be on a busy evening.
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Visited On Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Great, as always

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Great food served fast. Just what’s needed between festival shows lol

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 August 2019

First visit, will be back soon !

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Visited On Monday, 19 August 2019

Great service! Fantastic food! Very pleased with our evening with you. Thanks

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Visited On Sunday, 18 August 2019

Tasty food, pleasant and efficient staff

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Visited On Sunday, 18 August 2019

Another lovely meal

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Visited On Friday, 16 August 2019

Delicious! And such great service - a must do if you're visiting Edinburgh for a weekend. But recommend booking in advance :-)

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Great food, quick and friendly service!!

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Visited On Thursday, 15 August 2019

Food was excellent, really friendly service and very reasonably priced. Would definitely go again.

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Visited On Thursday, 15 August 2019

5 of us ate at 6pm on a Thursday during the Fringe and the food and service were excellent. We have our first night meal here every year and they never let us down. Highly recommend.

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Fantastic food.

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Delicious authentic food

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Visited On Monday, 12 August 2019

Austin our waiter was very good in helping us choose from the menu. The food was exceptional and very good value for money.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

An excellent meal, thank goodness we booked. :-)

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Visited On Sunday, 11 August 2019

Good selection of food on the menu. So combine this with the atmosphere, service and value for money, and it makes it an excellent choice!

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Visited On Sunday, 11 August 2019

Best curry house, authentic and excellent!

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

Love Indian food but never had it in tapas form. Ordered several dishes between 6 of us. Food very tasty, good quantity. Would definately recommend this restaurant. Value for money also

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

Balwant Just wanted to thank you and your staff for our meal last night. Given how busy it was, the service and the food were both exceptional. Grant Knight

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

Excellent, in my opinion best I have had in edinburgh

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Visited On Thursday, 08 August 2019

Excellent food and value for money. So glad we booked as queue was out the door

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 August 2019

Amazing food, great service and wonderful location. Truly an unmissable Edinburgh staple.

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Visited On Monday, 05 August 2019

Great service and food. Would highly recommend

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Visited On Friday, 02 August 2019

It is always a treat going to Mother India Café as the food and service are always of the highest quality. 10/10 every time.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 August 2019

We will be back Very happy Lovely meal

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Visited On Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Good food - quickly served :-)

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