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Our Top 5 Favourite Indian Restaurants in Edinburgh

Voujon Restaurant Edinburgh

When it comes to spice, Gillian and I are pretty big fans! We’ve sampled quite a few Indian restaurants (and takeaways) around Edinburgh over the past few years, and when an email dropped into our inbox about reviewing Voujon restaurant in Newington, we were keen to try it out in the hopes of adding it to our ever-growing roster of regular haunts. So, whether you’re a fan of street food or a more upmarket restaurant – or simply a good old takeaway – we have a few ideas for you to jot down from across the city.

Voujon Restaurant Edinburgh

Tuk Tuk

Tuk Tuk was the first Indian street food restaurant we discovered in Edinburgh, and it’s still one of the first that springs to mind when we’re in the mood for something a little more casual. Its BYOB policy and endless tapas-style dishes adds to the attraction of it as being an easy place to drop in, no matter the time of week, for a leisurely dinner with friends before heading to the pub. The industrial, street-inspired feel of the decor is another great touch, with lots of trinkets and artwork to admire while you’re waiting on your food to arrive.

Tuk Tuk
1 Leven Street, EH3 9LH
Price: Around £15 for three tapas-style dishes
Best for: Group catch-ups with friends, casual weekend feasts

Voujon Restaurant Edinburgh

Voujon

A little more formal, Voujon is the best for impeccable service. Think crisp white table linen, attentive, friendly staff and peaceful surroundings. One thing that drew us in about the (rather endless) Voujon menu was the experimental options on offer on the ‘Fusion’ menu. For example, Gillian dined on the sea bass dressed with cumin, coriander and garlic, fried and stuffed with jeera rice. By all accounts, it was a delicious dish filled with flavour, and well worth ordering. The lamb rogan josh I ordered was also wonderfully melt-in-your-mouth; a classic done well.

Voujon
107 Newington Rd, EH9 1QW
Price: Around £11 for a curry dish
Best for: A relaxing yet formal dinner date

Mumbai Mansion

Mumbai Mansion is located close to Haymarket railway station, on Morrison Street. With an excellent reputation built up quickly since it opened in 2015, it’s a lovely all-rounder. From celebratory dinners to kicking off a Friday night out, Mumbai Mansion has the feel of somewhere that caters for everyone and every occasion – even, dare I say it, those a little fearful of too much spice!

Mumbai Mansion
250 Morrison St, EH3 8DT
Price: Around £8 for a curry dish
Best for: Family meals out

Voujon Restaurant Edinburgh

Dishoom

Oh, Dishoom – how could we not mention this incredibly popular St Andrew Square branch? From its famed inception in London to its launch here in bonnie Scotland, Dishoom is a failsafe restaurant. With its influence directly from the Irani cafes of yesteryear where all different walks of life would come together, it’s a unique foodie experience. The chicken ruby curry is a highlight, as well as the unlimited chai tea lattes, but if you’re coming for brunch, you must try out the bacon/sausage/egg naan! A bacon roll with a difference. Its only downside? The long wait for a table…

Dishoom
3a St Andrew Square, EH2 2BD
Price: Around £8 for a curry dish
Best for: Leisurely weekend brunches

Voujon Restaurant Edinburgh

The Curry Leaf

And, if all else fails, and the idea of going outside on a drizzly grey evening fills you with dread, why not bring the feast to you? The Curry Leaf in Bruntsfield has been on our speed dial (so to speak) for years, and serves up some of the best butter chicken we’ve sampled, as well as the best garlic naan. A few taps on Just Eat and they arrive within the hour. Make plans for Friday night and thank us later!

The Curry Leaf
139 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4EB
Price: Around £7 for a curry dish
Best for: Those evenings when only Netflix and a takeaway will do

Have we missed any of your favourites out? Honourable mentions go to Tony Singh at Apex Grassmarket, Mother India’s Cafe and V Deep.