Punjabi Junction

Punjabi Junction
122–124 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5DT
  • Telephone 0131 281 0159
  • Opening times Mon noon–6pm; Tue–Sat noon–10pm; closed Sun.
  • Food served Mon noon–5.30pm; Tue–Sat noon–10pm. Closed Sun.
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  • Website punjabijunction.org
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Social enterprise community café serving authentic homemade Indian food in the heart of Leith.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Punjabi Junction is an unassuming, simply decorated social enterprise café with a bit of a celebrity chef following. Among its small menu and daily specials, many dishes are vegan and/or gluten-free, and while prices are low (especially for lunch or Tuesday thali), the quality is high. The pakora platter offers a selection of fillings from aubergine to fish to haggis, with their outstanding carrot chutney to dip, and the momos are worth the wait. Fish curry is flavoured with thyme (and apparently favoured by Paul Hollywood), while the legendary Madhur Jaffrey included the recipe for the lamb kofta curry in one of her books; succulent balls of lamb mince served in a deeply savoury sauce, great for soaking up with a homemade chapati. You can also learn to create these dishes at a cooking class, enjoy them as takeaway or have them cater your event. The welcome is warm at Punjabi Junction and the food honest and good.

The List's rating






Nicola Pym visited Punjabi Junction on 9 March 2018
  • High point: Homemade food created with care and attention
  • Low point: It's a simple cafe space, nothing fancy
  • Notable dish: Thali (so you can taste lots!)
  • Average price: £9 (lunch); £10 (dinner)
  • Delivery: https://deliveroo.co.uk/menu/edinburgh/leith/punjabi-junction
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Classic Indian
  • Capacity: 35
  • Largest group: 35
  • Open since: 2010
  • BYOB: Free corkage (Wine, beer and cider)

Events at this venue

Travelling Gallery: Displaced

Artists respond to the theme of global migration and the refugee crisis in the latest Travelling Gallery exhibition.

Thu 7 Mar

Free / 0131 281 0159

  • 11:00 – 17:00

Reviews & features

The Hot 100 2018: #50 Sikh Sanjog

1 Nov 2018

We go behind the pass at social enterprise café Punjabi Junction to find a group of women using traditional cooking skills to support and encourage each other

Sikh Sanjog is a female-led community charity focusing primarily on the needs of women and girls in Edinburgh's Sikh and minority ethnic community.

Sunset Strip Carrot Dangle navigates a number of socio-political concerns

21 Jun 20173 stars

Leith Late exhibition at Punjabi Junction proves difficult to stomach

There is something uncomfortable about the mixture of celebration and anxiety that Sunset Strip Carrot Dangle provokes. Part event, part exhibition, part temporary food bank, there are many socio-political concerns to navigate, all while enjoying a…