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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 Sunday, 14 October 2018

What a brilliant concept, Indian Tapas !!! We enjoyed 4 different dishes with some additional rice and bread. They were all delicious. Anybody visiting Edinburgh should go for delicious Indian Tapas to "Mother India". I wish I could come back sooner, but during our next stay we will for sure visit them again.

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Visited On Monday, 15 October 2018

We had a great time for lunch. The food was great and the service was quick.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

Hands down the best meal we have had in a long time, service friendly and efficient. The food is delicious and fantastic value for money.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 October 2018

Food was delicious and fantastic naan bread, would definately recommend.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Our favourite Indian restaurant in Edinburgh. Never spoilt for choice and always a nice buzzy place.

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Visited On Monday, 08 October 2018

Three dishes and one garlic pitta between two friends ... all absolutely delicious!! You could taste the diference between each dish. We chose a mixture of a lentil wrap, a mild dish and spicy dish. The chai lattes are also creamy and aromatic. Very good value too. Could not fault the service. They were very attentive and kept our table clear of empty dishes proactively.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

Very good value for money.

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

Mostly good but food was cold quickly. No heaters provided. We had to eat faster than we wanted too. S

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Visited On Sunday, 07 October 2018

The kind of restaurant that makes you sad you live in a different city so you can't visit every week. Really special

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

Best curry house I've ever visited... really great idea with a tapas style menu, but the guys there are so friendly and the food is absolutely spot on!

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Visited On Sunday, 30 September 2018

We were a party of 15. And the service was just as good as if we had been a group of 5. Always treated fantastically

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Amazing food, great atmosphere, excellent service - a favourite place!

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Very dissapointed with the food. I've been dining with MI in Edinburgh and Glasgow for years and this was certainly the worst food experience I've had. Baby aubergine and potato undercooked and inedible fish pakora. Channa daal was as good as usual.

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

Excellent!

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Visited On Thursday, 27 September 2018

Food is consistently excellent but it took a while for order for our friends drinks to be taken after they joined us.

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Visited On Thursday, 27 September 2018

I’ve been told so many good things about this place and it did not disappoint. Food was great, service was superb and I will definitely be back.

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Visited On Thursday, 27 September 2018

Highly recommend

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Ein sehr gelungener Abend.

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Visited On Wednesday, 26 September 2018

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Visited On Sunday, 23 September 2018

Excellent food and service.

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Visited On Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Excellent food and fast efficient service

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Visited On Monday, 24 September 2018

Everything was great. Staff were brilliant. The food is absolutely excellent and the prices are quite low so, win win.

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Visited On Sunday, 23 September 2018

Good food

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Visited On Sunday, 23 September 2018

Great food - very enjoyable

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Visited On Saturday, 22 September 2018

Gorgeous food - our second visit and definitely won’t be our last!

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