6–8 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9HX
  • Telephone 0131 478 6518
  • Opening times Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm, 5–10pm; Sat/Sun noon–10pm
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm, 5–10pm; Sat/Sun noon–3.30pm, 5–10pm.
  • Email
  • Website www.tanjore.co.uk
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South Indian restaurant serving delicious, good-value dishes, including vegan and gluten-free options, in a café-style setting.

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Tanjore is a southern Indian city famous for religion, art and architecture. It’s the inspiration for this excellent Southside curry house which is a must-visit for dosa lovers. Given the cultural heritage of Tanjore, the well-lit café style interior is a bit disappointing: a beautiful blue elephant wall hanging could do with more prominence. Still, you won’t care about the décor when you start digging into the array of fine south Indian cuisine, including mini idli in a bowl of sambar for starter. The wow factor comes with the wafer-thin honey-coloured dosa, perhaps stuffed with a thick, rich lamb masala and accompanied by a selection of chutneys. It’s certainly not a bad idea to share this, alongside the speciality stuffed brinjal curry; soft baby aubergines crammed with crunchy coconut, coriander and poppy seeds. Soak up any remaining sauce with a lovely fried puri bread but be prepared to leave room for a sugary sweet homemade dessert, such as the banana dosai in toffee sauce. A traditional jiharthanda juice goes down well if you don’t BYOB alcohol.

  • High point: A carnival of coconut milk based South Indian specialities
  • Low point: The stark, brightly lit atmosphere
  • Notable dish: Variety of dosa
  • Average price: Mon–Fri £8; Sat–Sun £12–£15 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: South Indian classics
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 35
  • Open since: June 2011
  • BYOB: no charge corkage

Reviews & features

Restaurant review: Tanjore

24 Aug 2011

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