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 Sunday, 21 July 2019

Great curry and good value

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Visited On Saturday, 20 July 2019

Fantastic find will definitely be returning!

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Visited On Saturday, 20 July 2019

Food excellent, service very good. Staff attentive, knowledgeable and very pleasant. Would recommend going here.

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Visited On Monday, 08 July 2019

Un vrai régal, un service très efficace, un lieu typique....nous reviendrons!

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Visited On Friday, 19 July 2019

lack of customer service and bland food.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 July 2019

It's a great restaurant and a real favourite. The food is fantastic and service is excellent too. Perhaps the only downside is that the noise of diners can be overwhelming at times so it's hard to hear a conversation. It's a very popular place!

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Visited On Thursday, 18 July 2019

Excellent food and service as usual. Only reason for lower rating for atmosphere was that we were in the basement room, which isn't as pleasant as the main ground floor room.

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Fabulous restaurant with polite, attentive, well informed staff. Good choice of dishes from different areas of India.

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Visited On Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Great food and great service. We all had a very enjoyable meal.

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Without a doubt one of the best Indian Restaurants in Edinburgh.

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Visited On Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Food was excellent. Really enjoyed the whole experience and will definitely go back again.

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Visited On Monday, 15 July 2019

Fantastic twist on tapas allowing you to order a selection of foods that you might not normally try. Portion size just right. Food was delicious, served quickly and piping hot - perfect. We were in for an early evening meal before a show and will definitely be back.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

I read many reviews indicating authentic Indian food experience, but didn't find it anywhere close to that. Ordered Dosa, garlic naan, pindi chana etc. Veg dosa came with salad in stead of chutney and I couldn't figure out the dosa in it. Garlic naan had garlic paste smeared on it in green colour chutney style on top of a cooked plain naan.

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Visited On Friday, 12 July 2019

Excellent meal. The food was delicious and the waiting staff we very helpful. Compliments to the chefs as well, our meal was perfect and excellent value for money.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

Fantastic food and service 👍

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

Great dining experience. Been quite a few times and always enjoyed it.

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Visited On Friday, 12 July 2019

Staff and food aren't just amazing they take a mean fotie too .... Have only eaten here 17 times though

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

Enjoyed our visit to the Edinburgh restaurant - lived up to expectations having visited its Glasgow siblings!

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

Excellent lunch. Food was delicious and service was quick and very friendly.

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Visited On Thursday, 04 July 2019

Always consistently good curries at a very reasonable price at Mother India.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Fantastic food and service. Best value for price anywhere in Edinburgh.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Amazing food as always best Indian food I’ve ever had

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 July 2019

Great food, good service. Very popular

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 July 2019

Great food

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