The Mosque Kitchen

The Mosque Kitchen
31–33 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX
  • Telephone 0131 667 4035
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11.30am–10pm. Fri closed 12.50–1.50pm.
  • Average price £10 (set lunch); £6.50 (evening meal)
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Whether the original Mosque Kitchen is actually here or by the Central Mosque a few streets away is largely immaterial. All that matters if you are meeting someone is that this is the one on Nicolson Square, and that Friday lunch starts late after prayers. With an ethos of ‘keep it fast and simple’, the place has the feel of a spacious, modern sixth-form canteen with bright orange walls and plate-glass windows overlooking the square. Grab a tray, join the queue and you will be served in no time from a choice of half a dozen staples from chicken curry to lamb rogan josh, or try the tasty vegetarian roast pepper and aubergine curry. With rice included, servings are generous and wonderfully cheap, but it comes without frills. It is paper plates and plastic forks upstairs, though the £10 three-course buffet downstairs on Fridays and weekends comes with real plates. There are also cakes, ice-creams, teas and coffee, and that hardy perennial of Indian restaurants – Irn-Bru.

  • High point: Great value
  • Low point: The cardboard-like naan
  • Notable dish: Chicken tikka masala
  • Private dining: Up to 100 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Nothing.
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2011

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Comments & ratings

4. Marcela24 Jul 2012, 1:25pm3 stars The Mosque Kitchen Report

Haven't been there in ages and should definitely go back!

Great value for money, good portions! But the food can be too peppery tasting sometimes, but that's probably just me.

3. Amatullah19 Jul 2012, 6:35am3 stars The Mosque Kitchen Report

I had dinner with friends at the kitchen on Nicholson square, Most of the food was good but, I felt ill the next morning. So watch what you eat and make sure it's fresh.

Overall, we enjoyed our meal, but would like to see the cafe thinking about the environment and using crockery and cutlery instead of plastic plates. Provide seperate male and female toilets and baby change facilities. Oh and instead of charging £2 for tea and £1.50 for cake swap the prices around.

The cafe is not a charity as some think, but a private business. No money goes to the Mosque.
I also went to the other mosque kitchen outside the mosque with the covered seating area. We only had tea and biscuits but the staff were friendly and area in general was clean and tidy and it is really cheap 50p for tea and 60p for juice.

2. C S28 May 2012, 10:25am5 stars The Mosque Kitchen Report

Hands down best Indian I have had in Edinburgh. Love everything about this place, the canteen feel, the paper plates & cutlery all leave the experience up to the food...and wow does the food work! A previous reviewer mentioned value for money and that is band on! Not only that this is closest curry I have had to the curry I had whilst in it!

1. Satisfied customer6 Jul 2011, 2:14pm5 stars The Mosque Kitchen Report

I love the Mosque Kitchen, although I am a little disappointed that it is moving from its original location. However I have now visited the Nicholson Square restaurant now, and the food has not changed. Still one of the best tasting and best value for money curry in Edinburgh. This is a must if you like authentic curry and don't care for all the fancy frills that go along with it!

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