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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 Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Third visit to this fantastic restaurant, have to travel into Edinburgh to enjoy this experience and will certainly do it again just for the food. It was very busy due to Fringe being on but the service was still great.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 August 2018

Great meal again!

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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

Been a few times to mo5her India’s and always enjoyed the food. Portion size is perfect and allows you to try dishes that you may not order in full sized portions. Great value and good service as usual.

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Visited On Sunday, 29 July 2018

We had a lovely lunchtime in rainy Edinburgh at Mother India's Cafe. Well worth its reputation.

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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

Tremendous !!

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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

I've eaten here often. Food was as ever very tasty. Service however was a bit chaotic. Slow

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Visited On Thursday, 26 July 2018

On a boiling hot day, the staff kept us supplied with cold water without having to ask. Food and service top class as always. Thank you.

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Visited On Sunday, 15 July 2018

I like small plates, and I like Indian cuisine, so this was a slam dunk.

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Visited On Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Truly excellent meal. Have already recommended it to a number of people.

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Visited On Friday, 20 July 2018

Great meal and ideal for pre theatre.

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Visited On Friday, 20 July 2018

Lovely food, good service, busy, worth booking ahead

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Had another fabulous meal at Mother Inida's cafe on10th July. Great food and service- the lamb railway curry and aubergine fritters were a particular hit.

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Visited On Thursday, 19 July 2018

Felt very rushed, despite the booking saying we had table for 1.5 hours, food was amazing and very reasonably priced.

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Visited On Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Delicious food - thank you!

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Visited On Monday, 16 July 2018

Excellent as always....

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Visited On Sunday, 15 July 2018

Yet another wonderful meal in Mother India Cafe. Please keep up the good work!

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Visited On Thursday, 12 July 2018

Really nice food and good service.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 July 2018

It was my first time visiting your restaurant. The food was incredible, and the staff were very efficient and courteous. Overall my party had a very positive experience at your place and I would make a point of coming back. Please pass onto your hard working staff - they are a credit to your business.

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Visited On Friday, 13 July 2018

Excellent, fresh and tasty food, fast service and superb atmosphere, would highly recommend.

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Visited On Friday, 13 July 2018

excellent food and service. Only real criticism - tables could be a bit bigger.

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Visited On Thursday, 28 June 2018

Beyond delicious! Tapas is a great way to experience Indian Food.

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Visited On Wednesday, 11 July 2018

2nd time there great food

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 July 2018

As ever a wonderful time! Lovely vegetarian food and really friendly, fast service. One of the places where you can always trust it will be a really great night. Highly recommended to all!

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 July 2018

another excellent meal

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Visited On Saturday, 07 July 2018

The best Indian food in Edinburgh! Great food, friendly and quick service, affordable prices.

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