Golden Ambal

Golden Ambal
1 Albert Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5HN
  • Telephone 0131 555 5505
  • Food served Mon–Thu 2–10.30pm; Fri 2–11pm; Sat noon–11pm; Sun noon–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Fri 2–6pm
  • Pre-theatre price Two for one on curries
  • Email
  • Website goldenambal.com
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Golden Ambal South Indian Restaurant

Welcoming neighbourhood Indian restaurant specialising in South India's delicate rice and lentil dosa, idly and uthappam.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This friendly and welcoming Indian restaurant about halfway down Leith Walk does excellent traditional snacks like pakora and samosa, but that’s not the main selling point. It’s best to try out their speciality dishes – the gobi manchurian is a winner every time, with fried, crispy cauliflower in a hot and sour sauce, or for pescatarians they do a very good Goan prawn curry, salmon tikka or whole chargrilled, tandoori sea bass. South Indian dosa can be eaten plain or filled with potato onion masala, and the uppatham (rice and lentil pancakes) are also recommended and come with sambar and chutney for dipping. The downstairs room is closed midweek, when diners sit upstairs on street level surrounded by carved Persian artefacts and wall hangings. But if you want to book in advance for a larger group, they can fit over 50 covers in the basement. It’s worth checking their Facebook page, as they’ll often do home delivery discounts or free glasses of wine for Valentine’s Day, for example. Plus early birds that order before 5.45pm get two for one on curries, Monday to Friday.

The List's rating
7.2

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Claire Sawers visited Golden Ambal on 21 January 2019
  • High point: Very flexible for food intolerances and allergies
  • Low point: No disabled access to the downstairs dining room
  • Notable dish: South Indian chettinadu lamb curry with coconut, star anise and red chilli
  • Average price: £15 (lunch); £15 (dinner)
  • Delivery: £1 within 1 mile radius of restaurant; £2 within 2 mile radius. Minimum £15 spend on all orders for delivery.
  • Private dining: Up to 60 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: Easy listening instrumentals
  • Capacity: 70
  • Largest group: 60
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £12 per bottle
  • BYOB: Free corkage (Wine only)