- 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 Mon–Fri 5–6pm 10% discount on à la carte menu
- Average price £8 (set lunch); £14 (evening meal)
- Website www.tanjore.co.uk
South Indian Tanjore serves delicious, good-value dishes, including vegan and gluten-free options, in a café-style setting.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
This unassuming space, featuring terracotta and beige marble tiles and oriental wall hangings, feels more like a café than a restaurant. Despite bustling with conversation, it feels calm, relaxed and homely, with a pleasant aroma of herbs and spices. The South Indian menu lists an array of vegetarian dishes, many vegan and gluten-free. Rice and lentils are ground into batters to make typical South Indian delicacies like dosas and idlies. The massala dosai is a large, crispy, wafer-thin savoury crêpe, stuffed with seasoned potatoes, herbs and spices, and accompanied by a delicious trio of chutneys and a bowl of sambar. A hit. Be sure to leave room for dessert when the dosai features again, this time served warm with sweet banana, cinnamon and toffee sauce. For lunch, the thali, both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, brings several dishes to the table at once. Aside from the lovely food and atmosphere, Tanjore’s no corkage BYOB policy and fantastic value makes it a popular choice – booking is advised.
- High point: Some unusual choices you don't see elsewhere
- Low point: Décor is a little tired
- Notable dish: Massala dosai
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 35
- Open since: June 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 0
- BYOB: no charge corkage
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