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 Saturday, 08 August 2020

Love Mother India! The food is always top quality and there are many tasty vegan options on the menu too. Service is always good! Our favourite place for indian cuisine!

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Visited On Saturday, 08 August 2020

Brilliant value and food

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Visited On Friday, 07 August 2020

Super food, great service, a wonderful find.

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 August 2020

Excellent food and great value for money. Will go every time I’m in Edinburgh!!!

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Visited On Thursday, 06 August 2020

Super food and service as always ! My favourite in Edinburgh. Thanks for a great lunch

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Visited On Thursday, 06 August 2020

The best Indian food in Scotland

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 August 2020

Lovely food and great service

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Visited On Wednesday, 05 August 2020

Staff were so friendly and welcoming. Food was just delicious, whole family really had a great lunch. Thank you.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 August 2020

I love the menu. Great food at great prices.

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Visited On Monday, 03 August 2020

Absolutely delicious food! Would highly recommend the garlic chicken and chilli prawns. Fast and efficient service too! Would definitely recommend.

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Visited On Monday, 03 August 2020

Had an excellent experience trialling the Eat Out to Help Out scheme at Mother India. The food was delicious, the service was prompt and the value for money was totally worth it!

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Visited On Monday, 03 August 2020

Great food, love it!

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Visited On Monday, 03 August 2020

Myself and my wife visited for our anniversary meal and were blown away by the amazing food. The staff were very friendly and helpful.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

Delicious as ever

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Great food as always. First time back since Covid and they have great precautions in place but still keep the atmosphere great

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

Brilliant food as always. Railway lamb curry was excellent. Quick service. So glad to be back.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

This is a regular restaurant for us. Great food and excellent service.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Amazing value, polite and socially-distanced service and delicious food.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

Food was fantastic and the service was excellent.

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Visited On Sunday, 02 August 2020

Excellent food as always and great to see you back open and continuing the same quality of food

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

The best Indian restaurant there is.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 August 2020

Staff were attentive and professional Restaurant was empty bar a couple of tables (just as we like it) Food was AMAZING!! My wife and I had been waiting since March to get back to Mother India, but due to lockdown we couldn’t get. Fresh ingredients, beautiful flavours which complimented each other - Delicious. Gutted that we couldn’t get the lemon rice with cashew nuts, but delighted with what we had. WELCOME BACK!!!!

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Visited On Thursday, 30 July 2020

Atmosphere due to covid situation

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Visited On Thursday, 30 July 2020

NIce to be back. A little odd compared to usual but isn't everything? The most important thing is food is still a cut above most Indian restaurants and the Haddock Pakora is still a very special thing indeed!!

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Visited On Thursday, 30 July 2020

The service and food was great ! Thanks again Tom

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