Mother India's Café

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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.
  • Email
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The small-plates concept allows Mother India scope to explore distinctive, expertly prepared dishes from the Indian sub-continent.

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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This offshoot of the famed Glasgow mothership has been going since 2008 and is still as popular as ever – small wonder given the quality of the generous, tapas-style dishes steaming out of the kitchen. A seasonally changing menu – with daily specials such as Friday’s monkfish tikka or Monday’s vegetable shaslik (sweet potato, paneer, peppers and mushrooms) – revolves around staples like chilli garlic chicken, railway lamb curry and spiced haddock. The latter is supremely tasty in its Punjabi spices, and matches well with the light and airy deep-fried aubergine fritters, washed down with some craft beer. Other vegetarian options include black dhal in butter and cream, aloo gobi (potato and cauliflower) and various lentil pancakes and samosas. Three or four dishes to share between two should suffice; the only agony is what to choose – it’s all good at Mother India, even if the ambience doesn’t quite match the warmth of the cooking.

The List's rating






Tom Bruce-Gardyne visited Mother India's Café on 22 January 2019
  • High point: The genius in the kitchen
  • Low point: The hard wooden chairs
  • Notable dish: Spiced haddock
  • Average price: £14 (set lunch); £14 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Jazz/Bollywood
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
  • House wine: £20 per bottle

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