Traditional Nepalese and North Indian restaurant dishing up comforting fare, with plenty of options for vegetarians.
A stone's throw away from the University of Edinburgh's main campus, Namaste Kathmandu is a student hotspot serving up authentic cuisine from Nepal and North India. The main dining area is unfussy, yet also displays an eye to cultural detail in its ornate wooden wall hangings and the Bollywood hits softly piping through the stereo. The menu pays equal attention to the dishes of both regions and offers plentiful options for vegetarians. One particular standout is their traditional vegetable momo, a generously stuffed dumpling served alongside a flavoursome tomato-based sauce. Channa masala contains delightfully zingy bites of ginger, and aloo bodi tama balances its hearty stew of potatoes with crunchy, sour bamboo shoots. Certain dishes don't always hit the desired notes, such as the sherpa's checha which, despite the chicken being nicely tender, is accompanied by a cheese that doesn't pull its weight flavour-wise. The true star, however, is the garlic naan, which manages that highly desirous balance of being soft yet crispy, and is very generously coated in a garlic paste.
- Delivery: via Deliveroo
- Private dining: Up to 30 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Bollywood music
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
- House wine: £15.95 per bottle
- BYOB: £2.50 corkage (BYOB is not available during the month of August)