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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 Thursday, 14 February 2019

Fast friendly service and great food. Perfectly situated beside The Festival Theatre.

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Always great, highly recommended.

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Despite arriving slightly late we were shown to our table no problem. Service was excellent and food delicious. Highly recommend the fish pakora.

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Visited On Monday, 11 February 2019

Lovely meal again, friendly staff and glad we booked as very busy for a Monday night. Our student daughter went home with food for her freezer.

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Visited On Monday, 04 February 2019

Fantastic service and delicious food!

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

Have been frequenting for years. It is a testament to the place that it remains extremely busy always. Food is of great wuality and Tapas size portions are more than adequate.

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Visited On Sunday, 10 February 2019

No complaints. Brilliant food, pleasant and efficient service. Thank you!

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

Top notch... Everything was awesome as usual. The spiced haddock was a winner. Will be back next time I visit Glasgow or Edinburgh. What you need to do is open up a branch in Chicago. Peace. Juan from Chicago.

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

I probably eat here once a month. The food is delicious and the service is fast.

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Visited On Thursday, 07 February 2019

Just delicious!

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Visited On Monday, 04 February 2019

Great delicious food, very good service. Definitely would recommend!

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 February 2019

Great concept. Very busy for a mid week night which is a measure of how popular Mother India is. Came on a recommendation whilst visiting edinborough and did not disappoint. Good quality food, good service and vibrant atmosphere. Would advice booking as it gets busy.

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Visited On Thursday, 07 February 2019

It was my first time here with a group of 8 - what a treat. Thank you for helping us get more seats on the booking at the last minute. Also the food was utterly wonderful.

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Visited On Thursday, 07 February 2019

Delicious food, such a wide choice of dishes, and it was really good to try so many things between us. The service was good despite the restaurant being really busy. Will definitely return one day. Highly recommended.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Fabulous food topped of with great service

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Visited On Thursday, 07 February 2019

Great food in a restaurant with a great atmosphere even at 5.30pm,.superb!

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Already recommended to others. Great meal especially pre theatre

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Epic visit as ever, we just keep coming back!!

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 February 2019

Really nice

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 February 2019

We had the vegetarian thali butter chicken and ginger chicken - all excellent. Great value for money.

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Visited On Friday, 01 February 2019

First time trying Indian Tapas , what a great way to try different dishes, really enjoyed. Service very quick and will definitely be back when visiting Edinburgh

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Visited On Friday, 01 February 2019

It was nice

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Visited On Friday, 01 February 2019

Superb all round

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Visited On Friday, 01 February 2019

Lovely food, good size portions and lots of choice.

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Visited On Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Gorgeous food but portions could be larger

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