Mother India's Café

Mother India's Café
3–5 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT
  • Telephone 0131 524 9801
  • Seasonal times Festival and Christmas: open all day until 11pm.
  • Food served Sun–Thu noon–10pm; Fri/Sat noon–11pm.
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Tapas-style menu of freshly made, memorable Indian dishes in a relaxed and informal establishment.

Takeaway review
As one of central Edinburgh's better Indian restaurants, a takeaway from Mother India is an attractive option if you're in this part of town. They ask for 45 minutes lead time for orders being collected, though the full takeaway menu is on the website. Some dishes are larger than their tapas counterparts in the restaurant, so it’s worth checking on portion size before covering your kitchen table in foil containers. That aside, it’s hard to go wrong here. Butter chicken is homely, low-key and comforting; like many options, it delivers solid flavour rather than fire. A deep green king prawn saag packs more punch along with a healthy dose of meaty prawns. It’s worth getting the foil-baked spiced haddock home early, as reheating won’t help, but you’d have to be very committed to newspaper and batter to find a better piece of takeaway fish.

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Mother India’s Café is a slick yet low-key Indian tapas restaurant just off Nicolson Street. Gimmick-free and easy to miss from the street, it exudes the quiet confidence you’d expect from one of the city’s most popular Indian restaurants. The menu is equally understated; it’s reassuringly small, with chefs prioritising quality over quantity – ingredients are locally sourced and immaculately cooked. On the main menu you’ll find tapas-sized versions of dishes you’d typically find on a British Indian restaurant menu; hearty chicken tikka shashlik, soft, rich saag paneer and plenty of varieties of samosas and pakoras. The specials offer up something more unusual and tend to steal the show; expect dishes like tangy prawn methi malai masala, or foil-wrapped delicately spiced haddock, generously dressed with Puy lentils and a spritz of lemon. Dishes are served as they are ready and often at lightning speed. After ten years catering to hungry Edinburgh locals, Mother India has got quality Indian dining down to a fine art.

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Rachael Cloughton visited Mother India's Café on 22 February 2018
  • High point: The daily specials
  • Low point: Steep stairs to the downstairs bathrooms
  • Notable dish: The daily specials
  • Average price: £10–£12 (set lunch); £16 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 40 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Jazz
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £20 per bottle

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