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 Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Fabulous as always!

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 October 2019

It has been a while but still excellent.

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Visited On Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Consistently good food and good value. Service very pleasant

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Visited On Saturday, 12 October 2019

Another fantastic meal at mother India cafe, my family had a ĺovely time no complaints at all our food was amazing. Staff were great. Can't wait to go back.

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Visited On Sunday, 13 October 2019

Lovely as always, our families favourite Indian restaurant

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Visited On Saturday, 12 October 2019

Excellent choice of food, the bonus being that as plates are tapas style, opportunity to taste different flavours

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Visited On Sunday, 13 October 2019

The food is always fantastic. Was there Sun 13/10 and it's been a while - I think the portion sizes have increased and we ended up over-ordering which was a shame I would add that EVERY time I've been in I've commented that the staff could be friendlier. They are polite but not particularly welcoming.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 October 2019

Always enjoy the food at Mother India

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Visited On Friday, 11 October 2019

Great food and service, good for sharing

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Visited On Thursday, 10 October 2019

Excellent - will be back again

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Visited On Tuesday, 08 October 2019

Fantastic night at Mother India. Great food and service. I would advise anyone going to order a couple of dishes ,then go back for more . The reason I say this is because we ordered about 5/6 dishes and they all arrived at ones which is normal with Tapas , but the table got full and we were a little over faced. But all was fantastic.

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 October 2019

Great first visit, fantastic food, we’ll be back😃

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 October 2019

Great food and service. Would highly recommend.

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Visited On Monday, 07 October 2019

The food was very authentic and enjoyable, but the service lacked the warmth that you would expect from a long-standing Indian restaurant

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Visited On Thursday, 03 October 2019

Excellent as always. Food superb

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Visited On Saturday, 05 October 2019

We all enjoyed our meal. Everything was delicious. Aware that it's tapas style but would still have preferred the "starter" to be served first, but apart from that, it was great to share everything between the 6 of us.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 October 2019

Great food , service and atmosphere!

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Visited On Thursday, 03 October 2019

Amazing food. Great value. Loved it.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 October 2019

Excellent food and service.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 October 2019

The food was amazing and it was a lovely little restaurant. Would definitely come back again and recommend to friends.

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Visited On Friday, 04 October 2019

The lamb biryani had very little lamb and the chicken pakora wasn't crispy at all. The aloo sag dosa and chilli prawns were excellent.

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Visited On Friday, 04 October 2019

Excellent seafood biriani. High quality ingredients.

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Visited On Friday, 04 October 2019

Enjoyed my first visit to Mother India restaurant, food excellent service very efficient and very reasonable can't wait to go back

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Visited On Friday, 04 October 2019

Great service. Food delicious

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Visited On Thursday, 03 October 2019

I always enjoy a meal at Mother India when in Edinburgh. The tapas style menu is great as I really enjoy trying a few different dishes rather than one one main meal. Excellent service and really good atmosphere.

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