190 Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1PH
  • Telephone 0131 668 1167
  • Food served Mon–Sun 5pm–11pm
  • Average price No longer open at lunchtime (lunch); £17 (evening meal)
  • Website
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Friendly, neighbourhood Indian restaurant with a strong Bengali influence, offering a refined take on traditional dishes.

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Sometimes nothing can beat a good old-fashioned curry, with its blend of subtle spices and good quality meat and fish. While Pataka is not going to win any cutting-edge prizes, it does offer just that kind of decent-quality Indian and Bengali cuisine to Southside diners. Kebabs feature heavily on the starter menu and you won’t go wrong with the succulent lamb option, accompanied by a sweet mint sauce, or vegetable pakora that dishes up a hint of heat brought out by the traditional spicy tomato sauce. Tandoori chicken, lamb and prawns are popular mains but go off the beaten track with the tak begooni maki, a generous portion of pan-fried salmon in thick tomato and aubergine sauce. There’s plenty for vegetarians, too, including a decent saag paneer or a side of very good garlic-infused tarka dhal with coriander garnish. Pataka has been a neighbourhood favourite for nigh on 30 years and enjoys an incredibly loyal local fan base, so booking is recommended.

  • High point: Consistent neighbourhood eatery
  • Low point: Feels a wee bit sleepy
  • Notable dish: Royal Murgh
  • Delivery: Free within two mile radius on orders over £12
  • Private dining: Up to 30 covers
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Contemporary Indian music
  • Capacity: 56
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 1991
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
  • House wine: £13.50 per bottle