HAT's Indian Dining Hotlist
Edinburgh has an eclectic selection of restaurants to choose from. Pick any cuisine and I’m almost sure that you will find it – try it I dare you? When it comes to Indian food the selection is massive, we have narrowed it down to our top 10 favourites to help you with the decision making so that you can skip to the important part – eating!!!
Mother India's Cafe
You will find Mother India’s Café in the Southside of the city, serving up a tapas-style menu. The service here is usually super quick so ideal if you are short on time or dining solo. If you are dining with a group I recommend ordering one of their versatile sharing platters. The food on offer is a mix of classic and contemporary dishes so there is something to suit all tastes, they are also child friendly.
** Awarded the Best Asian Restaurant of the Year for Casual Dining at the Asian Restaurant Awards Scotland in 2020.
Prana Indian Grill
Currently rated #1 for Indian Cuisine on Trip Advisor, Prana is a fairly new opening compared to the other restaurants featured on this list. They have become famous locally for their Indian take on the traditional British afternoon tea their ‘Afternoon-Chai’ features items such as ‘chicken tikka taco with avocado mousse, ‘rose marshmallows’ and ‘saffron pistachio kulfi with white chocolate’. They also serve a brunch/lunch menu in the afternoon alongside their A la Carte menu. The décor is stunning and features a beautiful floral feature ceiling. The dishes are elegantly presented and their cocktail list is definitely worth a look – the ‘Bollywood Bellini’ is unforgettable combining lychee syrup and cardamom with the traditional prosecco and raspberry puree recipe.
It’s worth the short trip out of town to the Corstorphine area – an ideal location however if you are visiting Murrayfield for the Rugby or Edinburgh Zoo.
Chaskaa Indian Restaurant
The word Chaskaa in Hindi means
good taste. Chaskaa has a varied menu designed to showcase key dishes from all
They describe themselves
as ‘an Indian restaurant with a flare for fine dining’ the menu is reasonably priced and everything
is served elegantly by knowledgeable friendly and attentive staff.
Kahini Indian Restaurant
You can’t miss its clean, white, bright blossomed shop front! Kahini is a progressive Indian restaurant serving fine Indian dishes created using fresh British ingredients. Kahini is BYOB (bring your own bottle) they also serve a variety of tasty non-alcoholic beverages.
Kahini is in a perfect spot for visitors attending the Playhouse Theatre, it’s directly across the street. The pre- theatre menu offers two courses at a very reasonable price of £15.95. Start with a classic onion bhaji or opt for the crispy fish pakora, before indulging in a flavoursome main of creamy chicken korma or rich chicken tikka masala. Vegetarian diners can enjoy the tadka dal with lentils, onion, garlic and fresh coriander.
Ronaq (رونق) is an Urdu word which translates to
‘gorgeousness’. Ronaq Indian Restaurant serves
homemade dishes in a fine dining fashion. They have beautiful restaurants in
two locations – Comely Bank and New Waverley.
Using spices and herbs from different regions,
Ronaq welcomes you to discover the exciting and delicious taste of cooking styles from across south Asia. Whether you like authentic Punjabi home cooking
rom Lahore in Pakistan, Kashmiri cuisine, flavoursome Indian dishes, or Bangladeshi specialities there is something for everyone’s taste.
This is the first Indian Restaurant I have a memory of visiting and that’s not surprising as it’s been on the corner of Grosvenor Terrance since 1983. It’s a real family favourite with many regular customers.
The food is always fresh and flavourful, the portions are big and the service is always attentive.
They have an unbelievable lunch offer running at the moment – 3 courses for £8.95! If you want to dine from the comfort of your apartment there is also a delivery service.
Tuk Tuk markets itself as the ‘best Indian street food in Scotland’ they opened back in 2012 and the restaurant is inspired by the food hawkers of India with dishes on the menu influenced by rustic roadside and railway station vendors that are well known in India.
There are various menus to choose from, the main menu is separated into tapas-sized sharing dishes ranging from ‘Roadside Dishes’ (starters) diner favourites include their Chicken Lollipops, Pakora Platter, Samosas, Puri Yoghurt Bombs and Pau Bhaji. Their Curry section (mains) includes multiple tasty choices; Baby Aubergine and Potato, Aloo Gobi, Sag Paneer and their famous Railway Station Lamb Curry.
The restaurant is casual and brightly decorated and is popular with students and the pre-theatre crowd due to it’s great west end location opposite the Kings Theatre.
Dishoom is the only branded restaurant to make the list, I couldn’t leave it out it’s just too good! Dishoom serves Bombay breakfast, lunch, afternoon chai, dinner and late tipples. The restaurant brand pays homage to the Irani cafés and the food of Bombay. Their breakfast naan became a cult favourite and they profited from providing a delivery meal kit version in 2020, to satisfy their loyal diners who were needing their fix.
Dishoom was voted the 4th best UK company to work for in 2021 and you can see this in the passion displayed by the staff. The main menu is served in a small plates style and served as and when it’s ready, it has an informal vibe and you can add to your order as you go as long as it’s within your table time.
If you do want to visit please book as far in advance as possible as it is always super busy. The Edinburgh branch has a late-night underground bar called ‘The Permit Room’ they serve delicious Parsi inspired cocktails and there is a real speakeasy atmosphere – the perfect nightcap after a great meal.
Bonoful serves delicious Bangladeshi and Indian cuisine. Mango Chicken, pasanda, and Jaipuri chicken are some of the specialities featured on a menu that also has a separate vegetarian section and extensive sides.
Bonoful has a modern and stylishly decorated dining area and has been serving locals since 2005. Portobello beach can be reached in 5 minutes on foot so it’s a great spot for dinner after a busy day at the beach.
I couldn’t complete the list without the addition of this little gem. Kismot is a family-run Bangladeshi restaurant with a super fun and friendly atmosphere. It’s in a prime location close to Edinburgh University and the Pleasance.
The menu is big and it offers a blend of traditional Indian dishes, Scottish Indian specialities and unique specialities. Kismot is notorious for their daring dishes, which include the Kismot Killer (they claim it is the world’s spiciest curry and if you finish it, you get it for free) and their original gold-covered tandoori that hit headlines across the world. There are also plenty of milder options on the menu and the staff will be happy to help you choose an appropriate dish for your tastes. They also have some unusual dessert naans to try – Nutella and marshmallow anyone? The menu prices are very reasonable and it’s BYOB with no corkage fee!!!