17 April 2014

Mother India’s Café

3-5 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, Central Scotland EH1 1LT

£21.00 Indian Central Scotland

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  • Wine: £11.85
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-10pm (Fri-Sat -10.30pm)

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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.

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  1. Mother India’s Café

    3-5 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, Central Scotland EH1 1LT
    Overall rating:
    Claire Vickers

    • Food & Drink: 10
    • Service: 7
    • Atmosphere: 7
    • Value: 8

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    3-5 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, Central Scotland EH1 1LT
    Overall rating:
    James W.
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    • Food & Drink: 9
    • Service: 8
    • Atmosphere: 8
    • Value: 10

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  1. Last weekend, with my parents visiting from Birmingham, I was keen to show them that great Indian cooking isn’t only the preserve of the city of my birth. And in Edinburgh there is no finer place to demonstrate this than Mother India’s Café. Located just off “The Bridges” on Infirmary Street (EH1 1LT) this has been an incredibly popular restaurant since its opening five years ago. Even at 6.30pm on a Friday the main dining area was packed, so we were shown to our table in the restaurant’s basement, which was thankfully was not dark and dingy as some subterranean eateries can be. No clichéd flock wallpaper or piped sitar music to be found here though, oh no - just modern, minimalist furniture complementing the white-washed walls, which are adorned with arty photos portraying life across the Indian sub-continent. Equally refreshing is the restaurant’s menu. Mother India’s Café serves an Indian take on tapas – sometimes also referred to as tiffin...
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Essential Details for Mother India’s Café

  • Address: 3-5 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh, Central Scotland EH1 1LT
  • Telephone: 0131 524 9801
  • Website:
  • Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 12N-10pm (Fri-Sat -10.30pm)

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