The Original Mosque Kitchen and Aroma Café

The Original Mosque Kitchen and Aroma Café
Edinburgh Central Mosque, 50 Potterrow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BT
  • 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)

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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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21. nod ooijoi9 Apr 2015, 12:31am1 star The Original Mosque Kitchen and Aroma Café Report

Customer service is awful. Forcing people to buy stuff u don't want. Paper dish and plastic cutlery.

20. Dawnie19 Oct 2014, 9:34am3 stars The Original Mosque Kitchen and Aroma Café Report

Been to this eatery a few times and each time the food has been amazing. The portions are huge. Very good value, I have been to india lots of times and have eaten in lots of different Indian restaurants around the world, to me this is by far the most authentic Indian food, best curry in a Edinburgh. Definitely recommend.

19. Mahmoud Khalik5 Aug 2013, 4:25pm5 stars The Original Mosque Kitchen and Aroma Café Report

The place is excellent. The food is cooked to perfection, it is tasty, and it is great value for money. One should refrain from claiming that they got food poisoning from here when it is clearly not the only thing they have eaten all day. This is very hard to argue, and very easy to put it down to the heavy curry meal. I have eaten here many times, and never ever had a problem.

18. Random Dude Edinburgh8 Mar 2012, 9:37pm Report

Paper plates and pink chicken - what more can you ask for?

17. Random Dude Edinburgh8 Mar 2012, 8:59pm Report

I just got food poisoning from the chicken curry - so y'know, don't eat here unless you want to see your meal twice.

16. GROZETI28 Apr 2011, 3:57pm Report

Today husband and I went to this place. I was first to order and had money in my hand . Ordered and gave ten pounds to cashier - cashier then waited for me to pick up one curry and then told me I had given a fiver. He had palmed the money. Honestly breathtaking theft because he thought I was on my own. The he saw husband and eventhough he said I had given him a fiver " his words was I could take the food and drink". He is aiming at single females so I am warning all review sites if you are single and go in here to pay in coins as he is using the crowds as an excuse to steal. Total bad experience - could not care less about the food - we were out of pocket

15. charmoni27 Jul 2010, 4:45pm5 stars The Original Mosque Kitchen and Aroma Café Report

To #9: your claims ARE unfounded as #10 says so - you have not even been to the place so how do you know its unhygenic?!@%!!- and for your information they do hold a hygene certification as all restaurants and eateries in Scotland must before they can sell any food- yes some do slip under the radar but once found are fined and given oportunity to upgrade or are shut down...

ps as for hygene factor in tesco's -take a look at this article may change your view- may not want to spend you little extra money there!!

point being : #9 atleast visit the place before you make false accustaions and uninformed -mornoic - statements!- your argument has nothing to do with a free world!

14. M17 Jun 2010, 10:45am4 stars The Original Mosque Kitchen and Aroma Café Report

This is excellent 'home cooked' indian food which delivers plenty of flavour and is excellent value for money. It's a canteen and the basic surroundings may not suit everybody, but I like the set up.

I've always found everyone there to be freindly and helpful.

#7. I think you'll find that there are plenty of 'Scottish Islamic guys' working there; perhaps even the majority.

13. Pinkdawnus22 Feb 2010, 2:15pm Report

The Mosque Kitchen has just been shortlisted for best Indian Restaurant at the Scottish Restaurant awards.

So perhaps it is 'THE BEST CURRY IN TOWN' !

12. Vile9 Jan 2010, 5:09pm Report

Writing that the Mosque Kitchen has no hygiene policy is libellous. Writing it after stating you have never been there is moronic.

Bringing democracy into it is just bizarre.

I'd guess #2 and #4 also made unfounded claims.

11. simontata27 Dec 2009, 9:40pm Report

#10 Having just had a great meal at Kebab Mahal,i think that there are much better places in Edinburgh to spend my money on a curry.Definitly not "THE BEST CURRY IN TOWN" as the board says outside the mosque.As to your veiw of me(ie MORON!) you have your opinion i have mine, remember we are living in a democracy! I somehow think my review will have the same fate as #2 and #4 ,i wonder who they upset to have there reveiw removed?

10. Vile26 Dec 2009, 10:43pm Report

#9 You've never been there and yet you're prepared to make a libellous accusation. What a moron!

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8. Clark2 Aug 2009, 11:40am5 stars The Original Mosque Kitchen and Aroma Café Report

A fantastic place for a bit of mid afternoon lunch on a budget, always had great food, always leave full and I love taking friends who don't know about it, it's like a wee hidden gem!

7. Tony Dolan10 Jun 2009, 2:11pm Report

Love the food here and been coming here since it opened although I have to say have been gettinh harassed by the Scottish islamic guy thats works there, I will give an alround view from the food to the table and if the mosque want to keep their clientel, they should get this guy working somewhere else in the mosque because he is down right rude to all the customers.

6. scotsmale2 Jun 2009, 5:25pm5 stars The Original Mosque Kitchen and Aroma Café Report

Best curry i've ever had & will deffy be going back.

5. Barta3034 May 2009, 1:48am Report

Been dining here frequently for nearly four years and never once had a bad 'gastro' experience... or a bad curry for that matter. I also ate here with friends on 3rd with no ill effect. I find 'TomToms' account surprising as the catering is canteen style and therefore any 'nastiness' would have probably been widespread... are you sure you washed your hands before dinner boys? Or did the curry taste so good, you couldn't resist licking the table... admitedly that wouldn't be the best idea.

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3. EdinburghLady28 Jan 2009, 1:23pm4 stars The Original Mosque Kitchen and Aroma Café Report

If you're expecting 5 star dining then you will be disappointed.

If you're looking for good, hearty Indian food then you're in for a treat.

The Mosque Kitchen provides great, fast, slow-cooked food and an unbeatable price. It's tasty and filling and leaves you feeling comfortably stuffed for less than a fiver.

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1. Stewart Craigie13 Jul 2008, 8:38pm Report

Best curry in Edinburgh

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