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 Monday, 09 March 2020

Delicious vegan menu, including usually non-vegan items such as naan bread. Lovely restaurant for a sit-in romantic meal.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Food is out of this world!

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Visited On Thursday, 12 March 2020

Great food great service great time

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

A lovely meal - great food, and great service.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Food was excellent. We had a really enjoyable evening.

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Visited On Friday, 13 March 2020

Great food and service. We loved it

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Visited On Saturday, 14 March 2020

Delicious food as always. Great choice and very honest prices.

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Fantastic

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

We just popped in for a quick bite to eat and we were not disappointed despite the brevity of our visit. The food was excellent, the service was attentive - although it's a trivial thing provide tap water to the table without being asked is really good. The vegan choice was particularly good with the "tapas" sized portions (and prices!) meaning we could try several things from the menu. We'll definitely be coming again as we still have lots of dishes to try out!

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Excellent

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 March 2020

excellent meal as usual

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Visited On Monday, 09 March 2020

We came here as a family to celebrate my brother's birthday. The food was absolutely delicious and we loved the idea of tapas Indian food! The service was fab - quick and the staff were very friendly. I was assured that all the dishes were gluten free so I could be happy knowing I would be able to share the food with the rest of my family without getting ill. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others - it was a wonderful experience eating here.

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 March 2020

Lovely food, vegetarian Thai would highly recommend.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

Service and food are excellent and real value for money. By far my favourite Indian restaurant.

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Visited On Monday, 09 March 2020

Great service and great food.

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Visited On Sunday, 08 March 2020

Love eating here, always disappointed if we can't get a table, which happens sometimes as it's so popular. Food is excellent, and staff are friendly

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Just the best

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

The food was excellent. The service was not impolite, but we felt like we were on a conveyer belt: people in a hurry to get us fed and out of the door. The basement area we were in was packed and too noisy to speak without shouting, but I guess that’s because of the type of flooring and lack of anything to absorb noise. Great food, which was really appreciated; not a great experience.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Really felt like a conveyor belt experience, real feeling. Of being table turned on a busy Saturday night. not something I would recommend

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Best peshwari nan I have ever had!

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Very nice food a twist on traditional Indian restaurants Exceptionally quick service. We would have no hesitation in visiting again.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 March 2020

Staff under pressure to get the tables cleared quickly well in advance of the 2 hour booking time slot. Feel rushed. Spoils the experience as the food is fantastic.

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Visited On Friday, 06 March 2020

Lovely place food fantastic

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 March 2020

What a fantastic place, excellent food, service & atmosphere, just wish there was a branch in Manchester

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Visited On Thursday, 05 March 2020

Great atmosphere. Was very busy but great service. Excellent tasty food too. Could not fault it.

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