Mother India Cafe Edinburgh

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Mother India Cafe – Indian tapas

Mother India Cafe is the perfect restaurant for people like me – those who can never make up their mind what to order when eating out.

I was a little dubious when I first heard about an Indian tapas restaurant, it sounded like an unlikely combination but, turns out, it is a phenomenal idea. The cafe is run by the same people who own Mother India in Glasgow (see the Mother India article) offering the same fantastic food but in smaller portions.

It’s is always busy with a fun and buzzy atmosphere. Although you might get seated without a reservation it’s worth booking if possible as there can be a wait. It’s a favourite of mine for people who are new to Indian food as it’s a good opportunity to try a selection of dishes, both traditional and more unusual.

It’s recommended to get three or four dishes between two people. I would suggest sticking to the lower end of that as the servings can be large and it is always possible to order more food later.

Each time I visit I find a new favourite on the menu, some of the best I’ve had recently are the chili garlic chicken, patina lamb and the okra and potato bhaji.

The service is always excellent and the staff is more than happy to help when making the decision of what or how much to order.

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Details about this spot



3-5 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh

Telephone number


Opening Times

Mon - Wed 12:00 - 14:00 & 17:00 - 22:30, Thu 12:00 - 22:30, Fri - Sat 12:00 - 23:00, Sun 12:00 - 22:00


Dishes from : £ 3.75


Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)