Hidden in plain sight on Nicolson Street (with a new sister restaurant opened up on South Clerk Street), ’10 to 10′ is so tiny that most people walk past without giving it a second glance. Stuffed with pillows, mirrors, wall-hangings, and a small television silently playing Bollywood movies, you could be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped into someone’s parlour, but don’t be fooled.
The 4 square meters of kitchen serves up what is, for my money, the best Indian cuisine in Edinburgh. Small pots of fragrant chai tea, pillowy strips of naan bread, and daintily presented curries are all on offer. It’s a regular student haunt, and when you glance at the menu you’ll see why: lunch costs roughly £5, so you’re unlikely to ever break the bank. The friendly, inclusive vibe is helped by the small amount of tables – 10 to 10 fits about 25 people, so make sure to book in advance if you’re coming with a big group.
Also, have the mango cheesecake, just do it and thank me later.