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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Bright and bustling South Indian restaurant serving up tasty, authentic dishes with plenty of veggie and gluten-free options.

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A staple of South Indian cooking, the dosa is a pancake-like dish, light, crispy and simple in its consistency but highly versatile in terms of the ingredients, fillings and toppings that accompany it. Tanjore are the true kings of the dosa in Edinburgh, serving up everything from the traditional masala dosa, stuffed with seasoned potatoes, onions, spices and more, to the Tanjore special which features a mixed vegetable curry filling. Presented with sambar and a mix of chutneys, you can't go wrong with any of the options here; each one is just as rich and appealing as the next. But they also excel in the range of curries, like the Hyderabadi biryani or the spinach and lentil-infused keera curry. You can enjoy the benefits of no corkage charge if you choose to BYOB but if not, the drinks menu has some wonderful homemade lassis, milkshakes and specials like jiharthanda. To finish, desserts such as the traditional warming payasam or decadent banana dosai go down a real treat.

The List's rating






Arusa Qureshi visited Tanjore on 22 February 2018
  • High point: Dosa heaven
  • Low point: The interior could better reflect the character of the menu
  • Notable dish: Masala dosa
  • Average price: Mon–Fri £8; Sat–Sun £12–£15 (set lunch); £15 (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: 40
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: June 2011
  • BYOB: no charge corkage

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