For finding good quality, cheap food, following the trail of locals is always a safe bet. Always go for the grill joints with the most pickup trucks outside, the café with the most Frenchmen smoking Gauloises… and in Edinburgh’s case, the curry joint nearest the mosque.
Slap bang in the middle of Edinburgh, next to the Central Mosque, Aroma Café is not fancy, nor does it try to be. Disposable plates, plastic cutlery, minimal décor. But service is about as quick as it gets – generally about 2 minutes for a steaming plateful of proper curry and rice, with a naan on the side in a brown paper bag, all for a fiver. If you want something daintily presented, check the 10 to 10 in Delhi article, but Aroma Café will fill you up and then some. I highly recommend the spinach and potato curry, I rarely go for anything else.
The café shares a menu similar to the nearby Mosque Kitchen, but the quality of both their food and service is, for some reason, far better. My theory is that this is the ‘real’ mosque kitchen, judging by the amount of Arabic-speaking regulars.
All the meat is halal, and olive oil is exclusively used in their cooking.