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

Modern, casual and lively tapas restaurant, serving Bombay-style street food.

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Tuk Tuk has been serving tapas-style Indian street food in Bruntsfield for seven years. Its slick format does feel a little chain-like, though so far has spawned just one off-shoot in Glasgow. It attracts local families, theatregoers from the King’s opposite and students who come armed with clinking bags from the Co-op next-door. A generous BYOB policy (just £1 per head for recycling) is part of the appeal, and allows Tuk Tuk to focus on the food. Poppadums and some sweet tangy chutneys make a good start, but the roadside plates to follow include slightly stodgy Bengali fishcakes and dhal kachori. A pair of lamb chops from the grill are tender yet fiery thanks to a spicy overnight marinade, while the railway station lamb curry on its bed of spinach is deservedly popular. The work canteen décor is fun, but be warned, it can get a bit noisy.

The List's rating
6.2

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Tom Bruce-Gardyne visited Tuk Tuk on 26 February 2019
  • High point: Enightened BYOB policy
  • Low point: The acoustics
  • Notable dish: Railway Station lamb curry
  • Average price: £12 (set lunch); £15 (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
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2012
  • BYOB: (£1 recycling charge per table)

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