The Mosque Kitchen

The Mosque Kitchen
31–33 Nicolson Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9BX
  • Telephone 0131 667 4035
  • Seasonal times Open to 11pm during August
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11.30am–10pm (Fri closed 1–1.45pm).
  • Average price (set lunch); £7 (evening meal)
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No-frills, canteen-style dining room, serving basic but tasty meat and vegetable curries at low prices.

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The Mosque Kitchen is a no-frills establishment; a large canteen-style dining room, serving meat and vegetable curries, on paper plates with plastic cutlery, at low prices. Although basic, the curries are cooked fresh daily, served in generous portions, and are tasty and satisfying. The rice, cooked with massala spices, is fragrant and flavoursome –- evidenced by the popularity of rice with curry sauce for £2.50. The humble tarka dhal, traditionally prepared lentils cooked with onion and garlic, is a stand-out dish. While lunchtime queues are common, quick counter service with ready-to-go food means waiting time is minimal. Clientele varies from students and tourists seeking budget meals, to business people after a quick, satisfying lunch. At the weekend, downstairs opens up as an all-you-can-eat buffet for £10, with proper cutlery and crockery. The curries are largely the same as on offer upstairs, although the addition of a salad bar provides slightly more choice. Special dietary requirements have been carefully considered. All dishes are cooked in olive oil, many are gluten and dairy-free, and vegans are spoilt for choice.

  • High point: Great for special dietary requirements
  • Low point: Environmental impact of all that disposable tableware
  • Notable dish: Tarka dhal
  • 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, Outdoor tables
  • Music on stereo: No background music
  • Capacity: 150
  • Largest group: 200
  • Open since: 2011

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