5 of the best Indian restaurants in Edinburgh
Khushis

Last month we compiled a guide to eight of the very best restaurants in Edinburgh, but for those with a taste for something spicy, now we turn our attention to the Scottish capital’s Indian dining options.

The Scotsman’s restaurant reviewer Gaby Soutar describes some of the best Indian restaurant in Edinburgh…

Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk Indian Street Food

1 Leven Street, Edinburgh; 0131-228 3322; www.tuktukonline.com

How much? Dinner for two, excluding drinks, £42.50

Gaby says: “The food at Tuk Tuk is more decent than incredible, and it feels as if they’re muddling through the service somewhat (we gave up on asking for our bill, and paid at the counter instead). Still, it’s affordable, lively, quirky, and they offer free BYOB, so you’d have to be a real misery guts not to love it a little bit. They were definitely thinking big when they came up with the concept, now they just need to tweak the details.”

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Mithas

Mithas

7 Dock Place, Edinburgh; 0131-554 0008; www.mithas.co.uk

How much? Dinner for two, excluding drinks, £65.55

Gaby says: “This eatery, which, apparently, aspires to Michelin-starred status (don’t they all?), is very swish … I like it here. Not just for the decent grub, but also because there’s a sense of occasion, what with the smart decor and five-star service. A visit is well worth the bus lag.”

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Kalpna

Kalpna

2-3 St Patrick Square, Edinburgh; 0131-667 9890, www.kalpnarestaurant.com

How much? Dinner for two, excluding drinks, £39.55

Gaby says: “This place has been around since 1982, and is so much part of Edinburgh’s culinary landscape that it’s easy to forget it’s there. Which makes it ironic that their logo is a colourful elephant (which, according to the owners, is there to illustrate the fact that “you can be big and strong without eating meat”) as he has become the be-trunked trumpeter in the corner of the room… A good meal and we’re definitely more Dumbo-like, after our experience of “growing big and strong without eating meat”. We have also developed another elephantine skill: when it comes to how pleasant the food is at Kalpna, we won’t forget.”

Vinyasa

Vinyasa

34 St Mary’s Street, Edinburgh; 0131-556 6776; www.vinyasaedinburgh.co.uk

How much? Lunch for three, excluding drinks, £49.65

Gaby says: “Despite the smart and contemporary feel of the space, the food isn’t particularly ground-breaking, but it’s good value, hearty and, as befits a family business like this, served with enthusiasm.”

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Khushi’s 

Khushis

10 Antigua Street; 0131 558 1947; www.khushis.com

How much? Lunch for three, excluding drinks, £55.45

Gaby says: “Presumably, they’ve opened this eatery to cope with the overspill from their West Nicolson Street diner, as their popular Victoria Street institution burned down three years ago, and hasn’t yet reopened. Their newest addition, in the former premises of all-you-can-eat restaurant China China, is massive, with two mezzanine levels, bright floral tracings on the pigeon-coloured walls, and mismatched lanterns hanging from the ceiling … I don’t remember being so impressed last time I ate at Khushi’s, but they seem to have raised their game somewhat.”

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