Neighbourhood Indian restaurant specialising in South India's delicate rice and lentil dosa, idly and uthappam.
This corner unit midway down Leith Walk has seen unremarkable restaurants come and go, but Golden Ambal seems to be earning a bit of staying power thanks to its sheer quality. It’s a functional, yet sleek-looking place, from the black-tiled exterior to the muted lighting from hanging Persian lamps indoors, while at night the bustle of Leith Walk adds character. Most of the dishes are above-average takes on a typical British-Indian restaurant menu, diverging from the norm here and there with the likes of tandoori seabass, spiced okra bindi do pyaza or ajwaini fish masala. Yet the real draw is a range of delicate rice and lentil dosa, idly and uthappam, served with sambar, chutneys and various masala fillings. Deliciously moreish and light, Golden Ambal is one of the best place in Edinburgh to experience these authentic South Indian delights.
- High point: The excellent dosa, idly and uthappam
- Low point: Pleasant but functional setting
- Notable dish: Chicken masala dosa with sambar and chutneys.
- Delivery: ask for details
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Wheelchair access
- Capacity: 65
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
- House wine: £12 per bottle