Popular long-standing south Indian vegetarian restaurant, now under new management.
Edinburgh has a shortage of good vegetarian restaurants, so Kalpna is highly valued by its loyal band of ethical eaters. Taken over by new management in 2016, the cosy restaurant is decorated with intricately embossed and mosaic plaster walls. The effect is striking and unusual, making it clear that this is a restaurant not scared of making an effort. Impressive starters have a wow factor, and while sev dahi poori is described as roadside fare, it turns out to be beautifully crispy little delicacies stuffed with potato and chickpeas and drizzled in three sweet, highly flavoursome sauces. An enormous dosa is a popular follow up, or try the palak paneer which is stuffed full of spinach and surprising strong-tasting cheese. There’s also a good choice of mains, including mughal kofta (or cheesy nut balls as they’re known to regulars). If the choice is overwhelming, opt for the reasonably priced buffet lunch or set-price three course thali dinner option in the evening.
- High point: A wide variety of vegetarian delights
- Low point: Service is not for diners on a tight timetable
- Notable dish: Palak paneer dosa
- Private dining: Up to 25 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 1982 although new management took over in 2016
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £15.50 per bottle