Pataka

Pataka
190 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PH
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Longstanding neighbourhood Bengali solidly delivering on the classics in a rather non-traditional Charles Rennie Mackintosh-style setting.

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This neighbourhood Indian restaurant has been well loved in the Southside since 1991. The original idea was a Charles Rennie Mackintosh theme for the décor with Indian and Bengali food on the menu, but maybe don't overthink it and just admire the sweet, carved wood booths, framed prints and rose motif murals on the fresh white walls. Although the connection may be a bit tenuous, and a few details seem stuck in the 90s – albeit in a comforting and welcoming way – the cooking is reliably great, and cheaper than many city-centre options. The menu covers many British Indian favourites such as lamb rogan josh or butter chicken, or if you’d prefer something less familiar, order from their special dishes like Persian vegetables (lentils and veg with pineapple, mango chutney and coriander) or mangsho roti (spicy lamb with ginger and garlic, served with chapatis). An extension a few years ago added the White Room, which can be booked for a group of 35 if you need to celebrate a special something with mango lassis.

The List's rating
7.6

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Claire Sawers visited Pataka on 6 February 2019
  • High point: Good-value dishes and unhurried service
  • Low point: Closed at lunchtime
  • Average price: £21 (dinner)
  • Delivery: Free within two mile radius on orders over £12
  • Private dining: Up to 30 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Bollywood
  • Capacity: 56
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 1991
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £14.50 per bottle
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