- Telephone 0131 668 1167
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–2pm, 5.30–11.30pm.
- Average price (set lunch); £16 (evening meal)
- Website www.patakarestaurant.co.uk
Friendly, neighbourhood Indian restaurant with a strong Bengali influence, offering a refined take on traditional dishes.
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: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Indian music
- Capacity: 56
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 1991
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £13.50 per bottle