The Original Mosque Kitchen and Aroma Café
- Telephone 0131 629 1630
- Opening times Daily: 11.30am–8pm.
- Seasonal times During August: daily 11.30am–9pm.
- Average price £7 (lunch); £7 (evening meal)
This review is taken from the 2014 edition.
Debates over its actual ‘Originality’ rage on, with the (unconnected) Mosque Kitchen over the road claiming copyright, but the Original Mosque Kitchen remains a popular spot, still resolutely lo-fi, ladling curries from school dinner drums on to paper plates. Seating is either in the low-ceilinged servery itself, or on some decking under a tarpaulin outside. That it remains a popular spot, whatever the weather, is down to two things. Firstly, it’s very cheap and the servings are plentiful. Secondly, and more importantly, despite the old-school styling, the food is wholesome and satisfying in a way that puts many ostensibly finer Indian restaurants to shame. The chicken samosas are light and crisp and the lentil dhal is smooth and buttery, its richness offset with a deep and subtly warming spiciness. Your choice may be from a limited menu, but it comes served with plentiful pilau rice or a naan bread. [Not recently visited.]
- High point: Cheap, filling, tasty curries
- Low point: Popular with pigeons
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 50
- Open since: 2003
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