Ann Purna

This restaurant has ceased trading.

Ann Purna
45 St Patrick's Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9ET
  • Telephone 0131 662 1807
  • Seasonal times Late opening during Festival
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11am–2pm, 5–11pm
  • Average price £6.50 (set lunch); £14 (evening meal)
  • Website
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Tucked away in the corner of St. Patrick’s Square, Ann Purna offers a wide range of vegetarian cuisine inspired by the state of Gujarat on India's west coast. Popular mixed veg bhajias and pakora starters mix with Indian street snacks such as kachori – lightly filled, spiced south Indian pastry pillows – and sev poori – brittle baskets of onion and potato with chilli drizzle and noodle bed. Well-rounded Ann Purna baingan brings fleshy aubergine together with creamy almonds, supported by daal (lentil) or aloo (potato) stuffed paratha breads. Sautéed sindhri batata potato crisps with crushed spice garnish add much needed contrast to a spicy sweet and sour jalfreizie sabzie sauce that somewhat overpowers its crispy vegetables. Knowledgeable service describes house specials and other menu options in a well-lit room of warm tones, dark wood furniture and Bollywood’s greatest hits on the stereo. Keep an eye out for a proposed re-branding in 2012 that heralds a shift in emphasis with new meaty offerings supplementing the extensive à la carte menu and buffet lunch deal.

  • High point: Agreeable interior and well informed service
  • Low point: Disappointing street snack starters
  • Delivery: Small charge for orders less than £15 or beyond 2 miles
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Indian and instrumental
  • Capacity: 55
  • Largest group: 55
  • Open since: 1983
  • House wine: £9.95 per bottle
  • BYOB: Free corkage

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9. elise6 Dec 2012, 9:23am Report

Polite but extremely pushy waiter. We ended up with more food that we could eat in a week and a huge bill! So I would not recommend this restaurant (although the food was good).

8. Local vegan25 May 2012, 10:15pm5 stars Ann Purna Report

I love this restaurant! The best selection of vegan food of this type I have had anywhere. They have a gorgeous smoky aubergine dish and unbeatable daal. I can't eat the mango kulfi as I'm vegan, but my husband has never had better. A small, really friendly place - somewhere to go and savour something different, not to just have the same old! I hope they stay purely veggie myself, but as long as they do wonderful veggie/vegan fare will be visiting often.

7. Sonia Marsden23 Sep 2011, 10:04pm5 stars Ann Purna Report

Having ate here last night and after reading these reviews felt I had to say my experience. I have ate here before a few months ago and had a fantastic time then, on reflect of last night I have to stress please go and try for yourself. Service excellent, food divine, I'm a veggie and have travelled the world the Indian veg served here is right at the top of my favourite places to eat. Place was very clean staff really friendly food on time and delicious we were a group of six and didnt have any complaints, owner was lovely and very informative on different dishes my friends were not sure about. Will be arranging a staff night out here and am confident we'll enjoy ourselves.

6. Neilroy29 Aug 2011, 12:59am Report

I had possibly the worst meal that I have had in 12 years of living in Edinburgh last weekend at Ann Purna. The table was dirty, there were used drinks glasses everywhere, we had to wait over an hour and when the (warm not hot) undersized portions finally came we didn't get what we ordered, despite being billed for it. It took us three of four goes to get some tap water. They seemed to be constantly taking more and more customers in without recognising that they didn't have the resources to cope. I won't be going back.

5. specky26 Aug 2011, 1:05pm Report

Very disappointed with our visit last night. We had to ask to order drinks, then ask again to order food. Our food took an hour to come and the rice was cold. When we complained about the length of time it took we were told that they only had one chef. No-one told us before hand. The service was very poor, too, with staff wandering around apparently doing nothing and appeared to be deliberately avoiding eye contact with customers.

4. hoggers20 Jun 2011, 10:12am Report

Very disappointed to have returned here after a long absence to find the old owners have moved on. The pooris for starter tasted good, and the Thali was average. We were ill shortly after leaving, which raises questions of the rice of having been badly reheated and not fresh. I called the restaurant a few days later and am yet to hear back from them. As Abba say "Take a chance"....and hopefully you don't suffer the same fate!

3. MikefaeAberdeen18 Oct 2010, 5:14pm5 stars Ann Purna Report

Had a superb meal here, good food served by friendly staff and (I think) owner. Came here after our last meal at the Kalpna was very disappointing. Certainly some of the best vegetarian cooking I have ever eaten. Two small points - took ages to get the bill at the end of the meal (restaurant very busy by then!) and the toilets could do with a bit of a spruce up. Otherwise highly recommended.

2. the unfeesibles16 Oct 2009, 8:35pm Report

This place was good. The food was well presented. We went for the Thali - a bit of everything. Subtle flavours. This does not imply they were insipid! Reasonably priced. Prompt service. We would definitely recommend it.

1. MoMo29 Aug 2009, 4:33pm5 stars Ann Purna Report

Fantastic vegie indian, small and friendly. Gujerati cuisine is a pleasant change from the usual Indian menus.

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