Mother India’s story started in Glasgow, but this Edinburgh offshoot close to the University’s Old College has been a roaring success since the brand came to the city back in 2008. As the name suggests, it’s a casual, simply laid-out space specialising in tapas-sized dishes, with prices rarely breaking the £5 barrier. Nibble your way through mince-filled samosas, patina lamb with mint, chicken saag, vegetable pakoras, chilli king prawns, chilli fishcakes and dosas stuffed with potatoes and spinach, or try one of the day’s specials (haddock with spiced greens on Thursday, for example). There are around 30 different items to choose from, all backed by rice, breads, sundries and desserts. The food is fresh and hot, and the atmosphere builds to fever pitch on busy evenings – simple but brilliant.