The Original Mosque Kitchen and Café
- Telephone 0131 662 9111
- Average price £7 (lunch); £7 (evening meal)
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Debates over its actual ‘Originality’ still rage, with the (unconnected) Mosque Kitchen over the road claiming copyright, but the Original Mosque Kitchen remains a popular spot, still resolutely lo-fi, ladling curries from school dinner drums on to paper plates. Seating is either in the low-ceilinged servery itself, or on some decking under a tarpaulin outside. That it remains a popular spot, whatever the weather, is down to two things. Firstly, it’s very, very cheap and the servings are plentiful. Secondly, and more importantly, despite the old-school stylings, the food is wholesome and satisfying in a way that puts many ostensibly finer Indian restaurants to shame. The chicken samosas are light and crisp and the lentil dhal is a vibrant turmeric yellow, smooth and buttery, its richness offset with a deep and subtly warming spiciness. By contrast the sag aloo is a more fiery affair, the soft, melt-in-the-mouth texture belying a sharply spiced burst of flavour. Your choice may be from a limited menu, but it comes served with plentiful pilau rice or a naan bread.
- High point: A meal for two won’t set you back more than £10
- Low point: Don’t mention 'The Mosque Kitchen'
- Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables
- Capacity: 50
- Open since: 2003
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