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 Mon–Wed noon–2pm, 5–10.30pm; Thu noon–10.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–11pm; Sun noon–10pm.
  • Average price £14 (lunch); £14 (evening meal)
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Tapas-style menu of freshly made, memorable 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.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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When going for an Indian, it can be easy to revert to tried and tested dishes, overindulge, or leave with a doggy bag. But the tapas-style menu at Mother India’s Café allows you to start with a few smaller dishes and proceed from there. A range of lamb, chicken, fish and vegetable dishes are served quickly by friendly, unobtrusive staff while the café setting leads to an informal ambience where the food takes centre stage. Dishes taste clearly distinguishable: in the patina lamb, refreshing mint complements the heat from the spices, while the flavour of the tender lamb still comes through. A special of trout arrives wrapped in foil to reveal delicately cooked fish topped with aromatic lime and coriander, delightfully crispy skin, and a subtle smokiness. It's enticing – you could easily picture yourself working through the entire menu, experiencing different flavours on every plateful. Gets very busy at weekends.

  • High point: The daily specials are truly special
  • Low point: Its popularity means it can get quite noisy
  • Notable dish: Patina lamb
  • Private dining: Up to 50 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Indian music
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 70
  • Open since: 2008
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £16 per bottle