32–34 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AP
  • Telephone 0131 281 7187
  • Opening times Tues–Sun 6pm–11pm; Tues–Fri noon–2pm; Sat–Sun noon–2.30pm; Closed Monday
  • Food served Tue–Sun noon–2pm, 6–11pm. Closed Mon.
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Expect fresh and innovative cooking from this understated Haymarket Indian restaurant.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Seven course tasting menus might not be commonplace at your average Indian restaurant but Navadhanya is anything but average, with dishes like pan-fried scallops and minced venison pushing the traditional aspects of Indian dining to new heights. Tucked away at the very edge of Haymarket Terrace, Navadhanya could easily be missed by the casual diner, which would be a real shame considering how special this simple yet elegant establishment really is. From the presentation of the dishes to the wonderfully full and aromatic flavours, everything is carefully considered and delivered with fine service and outstanding results. Lobster tail tossed with shallots is spiced beautifully, as is tender Hyderabadi lamb shank and flaky sea bass. There are plenty of veggie options, including a delicious poriyal featuring asparagus and fine beans combined with coconut and mustard. Desserts are made in-house so it's well worth finishing up with one of their platters which include a choice of kulfis, gajarela (carrot fudge), chocolate mousse and the Indian staple of gulab jamun.

The List's rating






Arusa Qureshi visited Navadhanya on 9 March 2018
  • High point: Interesting and creative dishes
  • Low point: The décor feels a little cold
  • Notable dish: The tasting menu
  • Average price: £10 (set lunch); £26 (dinner)
  • 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: Easy listening and jazz
  • Capacity: 46
  • Largest group: 25
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £19.50 per bottle

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