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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in association with
Birra Moretti

Friendly, neighbourhood Indian restaurant with a strong Bengali influence, offering a refined take on traditional dishes.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Something of a Causewayside institution, Pataka celebrates a quarter of a century in business in 2016 and prides itself on a loyal clientele. Its Charles Rennie Mackintosh-inspired interior still feels light and modern, setting the scene for something slightly different than your average curry house. With a strong Bengali influence, the menu offers traditional favourites but the house specialities are where the real interest lies. A chicken puri starter, with lots of spices and coriander on puffed flatbread, is punchy and full of flavour, while the ghobi bora is deep-fried but light, allowing the cauliflower to shine through. Tandoori murgh chicken, roasted and tender from the tandoor, shows a similar lightness of touch in the kitchen, with smart presentation to boot. The main restaurant is on the small side but a private dining room caters for large parties, or if you just fancy a takeaway for one, there's a full menu and free delivery. Reliable but not complacent, another 25 years could be on the cards for this neighbourhood favourite.

  • High point: Great neighbourhood restaurant
  • Low point: Pickle tray a little disappointing
  • Notable dish: Tandoori 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