This veteran of the capital's dining scene demonstrates that if you're going to focus on plant-based ingredients, there's no better cuisine than Indian.
Having reopened in 2018 after an extensive renovation, Kalpna’s new look certainly doesn’t disappoint. The freshened jewel-box interior is adorned with colourful mosaics, while see-through table tops reveal an assortment of spices beneath — a tantalising precursor of the meal to come. Aesthetics aside, Kalpna remains much beloved by Edinburgh’s vegan and vegetarian community for its plant-based delights, which are elegantly presented on burnished brass crockery. The sev dahi poori is a particular stunner, with delicate yet crispy poori shells densely stuffed with potatoes, chickpea and onion, and smothered in honey-flavoured yoghurt. Kalpna’s wide selection of dosas is an excellent testament to its South Indian roots, and their list of specialities include saam saveera, a rich, creamy dish of spinach stuffed with homemade cheese, vegetables and nuts. For the chronically indecisive, their thalis allow guests to try a bit of everything and are tailored for different dietary requirements and appetite sizes, though some dishes don’t quite pack the same flavourful punch as their à la carte selections.
- Delivery: Uber Eats, Deliveroo, Just Eat
- Private dining: Up to 25 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Indian instrumentals
- Capacity: 65
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 1975 although new management took over in 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £17.50 per bottle