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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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, 28 November 2020

Excellent food and service. Good prices. One of the best places for indian food in Edinburgh.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 November 2020

Staff were nice, food was good. Felt nice and safe as everyone well spaced out. It is a real shame for the owners they cannot sell alcohol, madness.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 November 2020

High quality food, lovely flavours as ever. Nice staff and doing a great job within the Covid restrictions

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Visited On Friday, 27 November 2020

Good food and good service

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Visited On Saturday, 21 November 2020

The waitress was lovely but the two other waiters seemed abrupt and had no time to be pleasant to us as guests.

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Visited On Friday, 20 November 2020

Excellent food and service , hard to have an atmosphere under the current conditions but maybe candies on the table and Possibly background music if it’s allowed. But it did not detract from the food and lovely attentive service. Thank you.

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Visited On Friday, 20 November 2020

Excellent service and food. 10/10 would recommend.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 November 2020

amazing service in the current circumstances.

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 November 2020

Normally the place is busy, but on this occasion it was a bit empty so only 3 stars for atmosphere. However, the food was up to its usual high standard and the service was impeccable. This is Indian food of quality and subtlety.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 November 2020

Absolutely cannot fault Mother India. The food is always absolutely delicious and the restaurant has been adapted to make you feel completely safe and distant from other diners. Best peshwari naan you will every try!

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Visited On Saturday, 07 November 2020

Favourite restaurant. Happy to return time and time again

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Visited On Saturday, 07 November 2020

It was so nice to get out for a good meal, felt relatively safe in the restaurant given the circumstances. The service was exceptional. Will definitely be back!

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Visited On Saturday, 07 November 2020

Under the current Covid restrictions Excellent, service and food Thanks again

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Visited On Friday, 06 November 2020

Excellent food, wonderful service, have to say we rather overstayed our welcome (not that you complained), but thanks!

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Visited On Monday, 05 October 2020

Really lovely food, we went for a birthday meal. Staff were polite and helpful, plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options. Food arrived quickly and was delicious. Very happy.

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Visited On Thursday, 08 October 2020

We had a lovely time at Mother India Cafe. The food was very tasty and filling. The service was really great (better than in other restaurants I've been to lately). Our order for drinks and food was taken quickly (and when we asked for more time to think, they came back in a timely manner too). Two staff members checked on us during our meal asking if we were happy with the food. Overall a great experience and we're looking forward to going back!

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Visited On Friday, 09 October 2020

Always a delight and the food never fails to satisfy

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Visited On Thursday, 08 October 2020

Fabulous food. Our first visit was Tuesday and we enjoyed it so much we booked again! Will definitely recommend to friends and hope to see you again if we visit Edinburgh again. Thank you

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Visited On Tuesday, 06 October 2020

Food was average but not good value for money.

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Visited On Monday, 05 October 2020

I always enjoy coming to eat at your restaurant. The food and the service is consistently outstanding and affordable. I have never had a bad meal at Mother India and will be returning many more times.

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Visited On Monday, 05 October 2020

First class .was there about 2 years ago and I said that the next time we are in Edinburgh we must go back. Went back and still first class food service and atmosphere keep up the good work.will definitely be back thanks

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

As a regular customer, I love the food. Think you might do a bit more re Covid protections, perhaps more spoons etc to avoid sharing cutlery? Atmosphere is not what is was but all due to Covid and not much you can do about that.

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Visited On Friday, 02 October 2020

Hot food - very tasty and well presented

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Visited On Sunday, 04 October 2020

Lovely food and great service - no complaints!

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Visited On Monday, 28 September 2020

So good we went back again 3 nights later!

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