42 South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1LL
  • Telephone 0131 557 8820
  • Food served Mon–Thu 11.30am–11.15pm; Fri–Sun 11.30am–11.30pm.
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Indian and Pakistani dining with an extensive tapas-style menu, halal dishes and a generous BYOB policy.

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It’s hard to know what to expect when you first walk into Roti, with its dark fixtures and hot-pink banquettes. Yet despite eschewing traditional décor for a sleeker vibe, Roti’s small dishes of Indian and Pakistani cuisine remain authentic and unfussy in the best way. The portion sizes are nicely calibrated for parties to sample a variety of dishes, but there’s also the option for regular-sized entrées for those who know what they like and aren’t keen to share. The tandoori chicken leg is wonderfully tender and the baigen aloo – a spicy mash of aubergine and potato cooked in tomato – is so tasty you’ll be eagerly mopping the dish with your generously buttered paratha. The deep-fried parcel at the bottom of the vegetable samosa chaat is a bit dry, but even that can be forgiven when drizzled with a yoghurt-based sauce and garnished with crunchy cucumber. Be sure to top it off with their gulab jamun, which avoids the common pratfall of sickly sweetness by balancing it with a scoop of light, refreshing vanilla ice-cream.

The List's rating






Deborah Chu visited Roti on 25 February 2019
  • High point: Big, flexible menu means there's something for everyone
  • Low point: The samosa could pack a bigger punch
  • Notable dish: Baigen aloo
  • Average price: £6.50 (thali); £15 (dinner)
  • Delivery: via Deliveroo
  • Private dining: 75 (downstairs)
  • 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 music
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2017
  • BYOB: free corkage
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