Kebab Mahal

Kebab Mahal
7 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BH
  • Telephone 0131 667 5214
  • Seasonal times Open till 2am during Aug
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–midnight; Fri 2pm–1.30am; Sat noon–1.30am.
  • Average price £11.50 (lunch); £11.50 (evening meal)
  • Website www.kebab-mahal.co.uk
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Venerable Edinburgh institution which has fed loyal fans simple Indian food and kebabs since 1979.

Takeaway review
Unfairly overshadowed by the cheaper, more student-friendly Mosque establishments across the square, Kebab Mahal has long been an excellent location for budget curry in a hurry. You can also takeaway (there's no delivery service), though off site their side dishes seem a little lacking in flavour, with undercooked aloo ghobi, bland naan and cheap-tasting veg. Curries such as lamb biryani and a suitably coconutty korma are better executed, with a good, creamy texture to the korma and tender chunks of meat in both. Those with delicate palates beware, though, as each dish packs a surprising level of heat, especially those traditionally considered mild.

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It might not look like much from the outside – or from the inside for that matter – but Kebab Mahal is one of Edinburgh’s best-loved curry and kebab houses. Zahid Khan set up the restaurant in 1979 and it’s been rammed with hungry customers ever since; even on an early Monday evening you might have to wait for a seat, while queues often trail around the street during the Festival. Khan still presides over his diner, tending to meat on the grill and warmly welcoming everyone that steps inside. Kebab meat is lightly charcoaled and full of flavour, while Indian food is a little hotter than other places in town. The prices may be higher than you’d expect from such a no-frills establishment, but portions are so generous – dishes overflow with chicken and lamb and are accompanied by gigantic crispy naans and platters of rice – that you won’t leave feeling short-changed.

  • High point: Generous portions of perfectly cooked meat
  • Low point: Pizza an unnecessary menu distraction
  • Notable dish: Chicken Tikka Karahi
  • Average price: £11.50 (lunch); £11.50 (dinner)
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: No music, TV on in corner playing news
  • Capacity: 26
  • Largest group: 26
  • Open since: 1979