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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, 09 December 2018

Beautiful food. Service was excellent took us early which was 👌 perfect

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Visited On Sunday, 09 December 2018

Delicious food, good service, lovely atmosphere and great value - what's not too like! Cafe Mother India is one of our favourite destinations.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 December 2018

Fabulous food and service. We enjoyed the tapas style and been able to try a few mains at the same time.

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

One of the best indian restaurants we've been too in ages. Hard pushed to think of a better one!

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Delicious food, great service!

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

Food and service always excellent at Mother India.....the bill is very reasonable too.

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Excellent meal

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Visited On Monday, 03 December 2018

A nice way to try several curries at once. Staff very attentive.

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Visited On Monday, 03 December 2018

Fantastic food and friendly service

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Visited On Monday, 03 December 2018

Both of us left Mother India's Cafe saying it was the best Indian food we'd ever had. Everything about it was fantastic, from the ginger chicken and spiced haddock to the sundries (the peshwari was heavenly). The flavours combinations and variety in spices was ridiculously good, and the wine selection complemented the food at every turn. The service was fast, efficient and friendly. They even sand Happy Birthday for my partner! I would recommend Mother India's Cafe to everyone, for every occasion. We plan on visiting Edinburgh again, and we'll be coming back here - for sure.

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Visited On Monday, 03 December 2018

Food was excellent and the staff were extremely helpful. One particular staff memeber went out of his way to help us with a request. Will definitely be back

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Visited On Friday, 30 November 2018

Always a fantastic experience The chilli king prawns are to die for! Great service, wonderful food

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Visited On Sunday, 02 December 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. For some of us it was our first visit and will definitely be back. Thankyou Nicola Taylor

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Excellent as usual.

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Visited On Monday, 26 November 2018

Popped in on the off chance without a reservation and delighted we were fitted in to their very busy restaurant. The place was buzzing and the meal was superb. Tapas is the way to go! Service incredible too.

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Visited On Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Excellent food

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

I love Mother India’s Cafe. The food was amazing and very reasonable price!

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Visited On Sunday, 25 November 2018

Lovely food and staff! Single issue we had was that we had to wait for a table for ten minutes after our booking time, but I don't think that's anything the restaurant had much control over, as it was absolutely crammed!

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Visited On Thursday, 22 November 2018

We had a really lovely evening, great value for money, and food was amazing!

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Great relaxed experience, with great quality and choice of food.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

Top quality food, bottled beer is a bit pricey. Service is excellent.

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Visited On Thursday, 22 November 2018

Fabulous food wine and atmosphere

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 November 2018

There was 5 of us for lunch and we were squeezed onto a table meant for 4. This wouldn't be problem if you were busy but it was a quiet Wednesday lunch time. Everything else was great. Thanks.

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Consistently very nice food

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Visited On Thursday, 22 November 2018

We visit the restaurant every November while in Edinburgh. Enjoyed our meal again last night. Excellent food as always. Do feel that portion sizes could be a little bigger despite the tapas theme. What about a set meal offer to provide a little more value.

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