- Telephone 0131 229 7747
- Opening times Mon–Sun noon–11pm
- Seasonal times Festival and Christmas: extended hours
- Food served Mon–Thu 4–11pm; Fri noon–midnight; Sat/Sun 4–11pm;
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 4–6pm
- Average price £7.95 (set lunch); £18 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £11.95
- Website www.kamasutrarestaurants.com
Midway along Lothian Road, Kama Sutra serves both small and large groups with attention and generous portions of Indian classics.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
In the middle of busy Lothian Road, Kama Sutra is a large, jolly venue serving up generous portions of Indian classics. While bigger groups make effective use of the generous dining area, smaller tables are not lost in the midst and staff work hard to look after every table. The menu is extensive but not overwhelming, differentiating Indian traditional cuisine from that of British influence but enjoying both. Starters are a particular success: pakoras of chicken, mixed vegetables or haggis are large and crispy in their chickpea batter. Sarsoon ka jingha, tandoored king prawns, have a spice kick which adds a bit of fire while not overpowering the sweet gentle flesh of the prawns. For veggie choices, dahl tarka marke, yellow lentils with cumin and asafoetida, is quiet and mild with an unexpected zest of lemon cutting through. Good sized chunks of paneer, firm but never rubbery, sit happily in their fenugreeked spinach bath. And of course you’ll find the traditional choices here too, in large portions and across the scale of mild to madness.
- High point: Starters are particularly tempting
- Low point: Puddings could benefit from some homemade attention
- Notable dish: Sarsoon ka jingha
- Private dining: Up to 35 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Indian music
- Capacity: 100
- Largest group: 115
- Open since: November 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 8
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle