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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.
  • Pre-theatre times no
  • Email
  • Website www.tanjore.co.uk
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This busy, casual restaurant, specialising in the dosai and curries of south India, has a deservedly loyal following.

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Serving up the aromatic flavours of South India, this cosy, informal restaurant is often rushed off its feet. In addition to Tanjore being particularly beloved by the city's vegan and vegetarian community for their many veggie-friendly options, its BYOB policy and lack of a corkage charge means that its often bustling with large, happy parties. But, of course, it's the food that really draws the crowds. The chicken milagu soup, stewed in a broth packed with lentils and fresh curry leaves, is the perfect tonic to a cold day. Their curry options are certainly no slouch either, such as a Chennai mango seafood curry that successfully harmonises the creaminess of the cashew with the acidic tang of mango and tamarind. However, the menu's true crowning jewel remains its dosa selection, with a special shout-out to the masala dosa, which encases a mash of spiced potatoes, tomato and onion in a wrapper that is perfectly crisp yet soft, served alongside generous portions of sambar and chutneys.

The List's rating






Deborah Chu visited Tanjore on 24 January 2019
  • High point: Best dosas in the city
  • Low point: Service a bit slow
  • Notable dish: Masala dosa
  • Average price: Mon–Fri £10 (set lunch); £17 (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: No music
  • Capacity: 42
  • Largest group: 42
  • Open since: 2011
  • BYOB: 25p per bottle, upto a maximum of £5 per table. corkage

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