Namaste Kathmandu

Namaste Kathmandu
17–19 Forrest Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2QH
  • Telephone 0131 220 2273
  • Seasonal times Festival: Mon–Sun noon–3pm; 5pm–midnight.
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–11.30pm; Sun noon–2.30pm, 5–10.30pm.
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South Indian and Nepalese restaurant serving traditional cuisine including a wide selection of vegetarian dishes.

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Bustling Namaste Kathmandu holds its own against the competition in this Old Town student and tourist hot spot, with an array of decent-quality Indian, Nepalese and seafood specials as well as the odd European dish for parties with a spice-hater in tow. The Nepalese specials are really where it’s at though, with a selection of mildly spiced favourites, such as perfectly formed steamed or fried momo dumplings filled with chicken or vegetables and accompanied by a creamy tomato and sesame sauce. Even better is a highly flavoured soft Nepalese chicken satay in a tangy peanut marinade. The meat is definitely a highlight here; don’t miss the bheda tona, a leg of lamb marinated overnight in herbs, yoghurt and spices which melts right off the bone and into your mouth. There’s a good selection of vegetarian dishes, including a decent black dahl. Thin and crispy garlic naan and decent pilau rice set everything off. Note the little booths at the back give smaller parties a bit of privacy from buoyant larger groups.

  • High point: Well-cooked marinated Nepalese meat dishes
  • Low point: Red brick wallpaper sets the decorative tone
  • Notable dish: Behda tona - slow cooked leg of lamb
  • Average price: £12 (lunch); £21 (dinner)
  • 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: Traditional Indian and Nepalese Music
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 40–50
  • Open since: 2007
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £15 per bottle