Mother India’s Café - Edinburgh

Indian, Tapas·
Bronze Award

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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.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Under £30
Indian, Tapas
Eat at Home
Uber Eats
Cool, Traditional
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options
Dates, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating



Starting its life in Glasgow, Mother India Café opened with the aim of bringing authentic, home-cooked Indian cuisine to a Scottish audience at a reasonable price.

Since its first opening in 1990, it became so popular it decided to open its doors in Scotland’s capital city in 2008 and has been a staple Indian restaurant ever since.

Operating as both an eat-in and takeaway restaurant, the menu features a host of India dishes we have all come to love, as well as some exciting dishes that aren’t as popular when it comes to mainstream Indian food, but are still well worth a try.

Featuring the likes of butter chicken, lamb saag, a selection of biryani’s and some fusion dishes such as chilli fish cakes and smoked aubergine with sweet potatoes and green beans, you have the option to fully indulge or enjoy a healthy and hearty meal.

Located close to Edinburgh Old Town, and the university, you’ll find a mixture of tourists and locals a like, giving this restaurant a constant and pleasant buzz.

At first glance it may not look like your average Indian restaurant with its dark wood furnishings; bright green tube style tiles making it look more like a gastro pub, but the subtle hints of Indian style wallpaper and framed pictures highlighting its Indian heritage add to the experience while still acknowledging its location.

If you don’t fancy dining in, the takeaway menu features a number of house specialities including chicken and basil curry, sea food biryani and king prawn saag alongside either rice, pitta bread or chapati’s.

They even have a tapas style menu meaning you can try a range of different dishes shared around the table, although we won’t judge if you want your favourite dish all to yourself.

If there is a dish you just can’t get enough of the restaurants founder, Monir Mohammed also has a book recounting his personal stories from India as well as some recipes for dishes from the restaurant.


Are there vegan options?

Yes, vegan options are available.

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Does the restaurant serve alcohol?

Yes, there is a selection of wines, beers and spirits.

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How many dishes feed two people?

As the plates are designed for sharing, it is advised to share 3-4 plates between two people to start off with.

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3-5 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh Old Town, Edinburgh, EH1 1LT

0131 524 9801 0131 524 9801


Opening Times

All day
Mon 12:00-21:30
Tue 12:00-21:30
Wed 12:00-21:30
Thu 12:00-21:30
Fri 12:00-22:00
Sat 12:00-22:00
Sun 12:00-21:30


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2 Reviews 

Claire V

03 September 2012  
Food & Drink 5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 4
Went for lunch on 1st September 2012 with a friend, absolutely loved it! A great menu choice, each dish was delicious and nice sized tapas portions too. Friendly waiter too which was nice. Highly recommend if you have time to sit and lunch and catch up with friends.

James W

16 July 2009  
Food & Drink 4.5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4
Value 5
To me this place is something special. It's a modest cafe layout with charming Polish waitresses under Indian control. The food is great. We had Butter Chicken, Saag Lamb, Chilli Prawns and a veg dish and each dish had its own character rather unlike my experience of similarly priced Indians where everything tastes much the same. It arrived almost instantly and we were looked after well throughout the meal. It was around £30 for 2 all in for a meal which was as satisfying and interesting as a meal at the Cinnamon Club. Lucky Edinburghers – or Glaswegians if the Glasgow places are up to the same standard.
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