Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk
1 Leven Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LH
  • Telephone 0131 228 3322
  • Opening times 12.30–10pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–10.30pm
  • Email
  • Website tuktukonline.com
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Tuk Tuk

Quirky, casual and lively Indian street food restaurant, serving small plates tapas-style with a Bollywood twist to the décor.

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If you can’t resist a spot of plate-pilfering from your long-suffering dining companions, then Tuk Tuk could be the perfect solution. Serving up simple, diverse and tasty Indian street food at around a fiver a dish, its relaxed tapas-style of eating positively demands sharing. With its bright Bollywood- inspired décor, the hits of spice that punctuate most dishes, and the clientele (Tuk Tuk is renowned for large groups) an evening here is usually fairly described as lively. Ordering around three dishes per head is recommended: making the puri yoghurt bombs at least one of the choices should be mandatory. These crisp little puri-filled explosions of yoghurt, tamarind, chickpea, mint and crunchy sev are a revelation and work well in contrast with hotter dishes like platform 5 vindaloo. Railway station lamb curry with spinach falls off the bone and is worth the journey alone. To wash it all down, don’t miss out on the sikanji – ludicrously refreshing lemonade with a hint of house spice.

  • High point: Channa puri. Everything street food should be
  • Low point: Underwhelming aubergine and potato curry
  • Notable dish: Puri yoghurt bombs.
  • Average price: £12 (set lunch); £14 (dinner)
  • 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, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Bollywood tunes and Indian street music
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2012
  • BYOB: (50p recycling charge per table)

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