Mezbaan South Indian Restaurant

Mezbaan South Indian Restaurant
14/14a Brougham Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9JH
  • Telephone 0131 229 5578
  • Seasonal times Christmas Day and New Year's Day 5–10.30pm.
  • Food served Mon 5–10pm; Tue–Sun 1–10.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu 5–6.30pm
  • Pre-theatre price £9.95
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Tollcross neighbourhood restaurant specialising in South Indian dishes including dosas and curries.

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Focusing on South Indian dishes with plenty of spice, Mezbaan could easily be missed among the many different international eateries dotted along this stretch of road in Tollcross. Inside, it’s a small but friendly neighbourhood restaurant with attentive service. The menu is varied, including pork and beef dishes that reflect the diverse cuisine of the region. Starters include the medu vada, a traditional doughnut of ground lentils and spices, served with rich sambar stew and coconut chutney, while the chilli beef is slow cooked and tender, with lots of smoky, chargrilled onions and peppers. The chicken wajid ali has plenty of flavour, rich but well balanced with the addition of fenugreek, coconut and poppy seeds, while cafriel lamb is coated in a fresh sauce of spinach and mint. Huge, light and crisp dosa pancakes are also an option for main courses or a cheap lunch. With generous portions and excellent cooking, Mezbaan is good value if you fancy something a bit different to the average Indian restaurant.

  • High point: Great value local that doesn’t skimp on flavour
  • Low point: Steep stairs mean there’s no disabled WC
  • Notable dish: Chicken wajid ali
  • Average price: £9 (lunch); £14 (dinner)

Scotland has a few restaurants that specialise in south Indian cuisine. We are however the only restaurant in the pleasant city of Edinburgh. It is a fact that most Indian restaurants in Britain are not operated by Indians and serve mostly north Indian cuisine. Our goal is to bring to Scotland especially Edinburgh the glorious array of exotic south Indian cuisine.

South Indian food is one of the healthiest as it is mostly non-greasy, roasted and steamed. A large selection of popular food is vegetarian. Since the weather is hot and humid, rice is cultivated extensively and it forms an integral part of people’s diet. It is used in some form or the other – plain steamed rice with sambar, or fermented and steamed to make melt-in-the-mouth idlis (rice cakes) or made into crisp, hot dosas.

Steamed rice is normally served with sambar, rasam (a thin soup), dry and curried vegetables and a curd preparation called pachadi. Coconut is an important ingredient in all South Indian food. The South Indian dosa (rice pancakes), idli (steamed rice cakes) and vada, which is made of fermented rice and dal, are now popular throughout the country and are gaining popularity worldwide.

Mezbaan also provides a takeaway and delivery service. Our Restaurant is available for parties of up to 50 people during weekdays and weekends excluding evenings, including catering at the restaurant or a venue of your choice. Please see our website for more details and pricing.

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  • Delivery: Delivery via Deliveroo
  • Provides: Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Indian music
  • Capacity: 42
  • Largest group: 32
  • Open since: 2005
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £11.95 per bottle