Punjabi Junction

This restaurant has ceased trading.

Punjabi Junction
King's Buildings House, King's Buildings Square, Edinburgh, EH9 3DL
  • Opening times Mon–Fri 11.30am–2pm. Closed Sat/Sun.
  • Food served Tue–Fri 5–10pm, Sat noon–10pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
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  • Website punjabijunction.org
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Punjabi Junction

credit: Caitlin Cooke

It's all change at Punjabi Junction, as they adapt to the evolving situation on Leith Walk. The café is now available for private hire only, but you can catch them around town at various markets and every weekday at the King's Buildings. The review below refers to their much-loved Leith Walk café.

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This homespun community café has a giant Indian rail map painted on the wall where the stations have been replaced with spices. Among the lesser-known ones is ajwain, whose seeds give a wonderful thyme-like flavour to the fish curry which, as the menu proudly states, featured on Paul Hollywood’s TV show Puds & Pies. You can have it on its own or as part of the Punjabi Junction thali, served on a metal tray with chapatti, rice and tarka dhal (yellow lentils) – for those on a tight budget it’s around a fiver on Tuesday nights. For starters, the crispy, deep-fried pakoras are a delight and come with the sweetest, tangiest homemade carrot chutney in town. Aubergine or haggis pakora (quite fiery) is particularly good, and if you want a selection, pick the full pakora platter as a main. For drinks, it’s water and fruit juice or free BYOB – some well-hopped local craft beer would be ideal.

The List's rating
7.6

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Tom Bruce-Gardyne visited Punjabi Junction on 9 March 2019
  • High point: Fanatstic value home cooking
  • Low point: Echoey canteen-like space can get noisy
  • Notable dish: Aubergine pakora
  • Average price: £7.99 (set lunch); £7.99 (set 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: Indian instrumental
  • Capacity: 35
  • Largest group: 35
  • Open since: 2010
  • BYOB: Free corkage

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…