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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’.

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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 Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Fantastic food and service.

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Great meal. Thank you!

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Visited On Saturday, 14 October 2017

We had a great night really enjoyed the whole experience and will definitely return thanks Sandy

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Visited On Sunday, 15 October 2017

The food at Mother India is always excellent, a far more enjoyable experience than the generic sit down Indian meal, lots of variety and flavours. It's why we keep returning.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 October 2017

A comment that I would like to make is that while I can accept the tapas theory . When it's ready it come to the table, I do feel that the rice should be amongst the first to be served as apposed to second from last. I had to ask for this dish and one other of our selection. But the food is very good and very enjoyable.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 October 2017

Really loved it. We found it a little loud. Maybe have some more softer furnishings or wall coverings to absorb the noise.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 October 2017

As always the food was delicious. Also the team is very friendly and the service is outstandingly quick.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 October 2017

The real deal!

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Visited On Monday, 09 October 2017

It's the tapas style we love,so 2 people can get a lot of different dishes,not just one each.

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Visited On Monday, 09 October 2017

Lovely food. Good service!

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Visited On Sunday, 08 October 2017

Food is always very fresh and great choice including good veggie options.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 October 2017

Food was superb and very quick service. Will definitely come back.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 October 2017

Keep doing what you do best. Brilliant.

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Visited On Friday, 06 October 2017

Great lunch! Thanks

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Visited On Thursday, 05 October 2017

We had an enjoyable meal - really liked the "tapas" style

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Visited On Sunday, 01 October 2017

I've been several times and would highly recommend it. Lovely food, good range which you can sample from due to the tapas style menu. It's always busy, which can make it a little slower to order, but well worth it.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 October 2017

Excellent in all aspects ( but please fix the floor in the entrance to the ladies toilet as I nearly went flying!)

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Visited On Saturday, 30 September 2017

As good as always.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 September 2017

Restaurant was buzzing. Good attentive service. Great food and wine at great prices.

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Visited On Sunday, 01 October 2017

I've been to Mother India's Cafe several times and couldn't give it higher praise. The staff are very attentive and the food is just delicious.

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Visited On Sunday, 01 October 2017

We come to the cafe whenever we're in Edinburgh, which is unfortunately only once a year. The food is outstanding, the concept brilliant and the prices remarkable for the quality and location, though we are slightly amused that the "daily specials" have been the same for at least five years! Keep up the good work, and PLEASE open a branch in London!

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Visited On Saturday, 30 September 2017

Food was amazing biggest problem was deciding what to have

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Visited On Monday, 25 September 2017

We had booked for a late dinner on a Monday night, thinking it would be quiet. So wrong! But despite the cafe being full to bursting our orders were taken quickly and our food delivered promptly. This was my second visit and it was just as delicious as my first! Service really was excellent given how busy the cafe was. Would not hesitate to return or recommend :)

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Visited On Saturday, 30 September 2017

Absolutely delicious! Can't wait to come back to try more of the menu!

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Visited On Thursday, 28 September 2017

Did not have enough staff downstairs. Therefore, long waits for initial drinks order and bill. Food always good.

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