Edinburgh's Best Hot and Spicy Indian Food: Make Your Taste Buds Tingle

You simply cannot beat a good curry and Scotland has a love affair with Indian food that dates back to colonial times. Over the years a number of British favorites have become staples of most Indian restaurant menus but there are also places serving authentic regional Indian dishes. Some of the best Indian food in Edinburgh represents a clever and innovative blend of the finest local produce with Indian cooking techniques and spicing.


There are a lot of Indian restaurants in Edinburgh to choose from so whether you want to dine out or have a meal delivered you are well covered. The trick is to find the restaurants with talented chefs, the establishments with great atmospheres and service standards, the dishes that bring your taste buds to life and linger in your memory long after the meal is done. That’s what this list is for.

We have a great line up of traditional Indian restaurants where you’ll find a good Korma or Tandoori but each restaurant has its own specialties for the more adventurous among you. Mother India is considered by some to be the best Indian restaurant in Edinburgh, although others would give the plaudits to Khushi's. You’ll find great vegetarian options at Kalpna.

Indian cuisine is among the most creative and interesting on the planet and you’ll find top examples of the craft at all of these Edinburgh restaurants. Get ready to savor some special, spicy delights.



This bastion of south Indian cuisine can be found in Tollcross near The Meadows. The exterior and the decor inside are nothing special but you'll be pleased by the warm welcome and the delicious dishes. The menu has the standard favorites you'd...  Read More



This popular Edinburgh restaurant is located near Ocean Terminal where you'll find the Royal Yacht Britannia. It has deservedly won a number of awards over the years and it serves a blend of Indian, Bangladeshi, Nepali and Thai dishes. The...  Read More



You'll find The Spice Pavilion deep in the heart of the New Town on Dundas Street. It blends a warm contemporary style with colonial touches to create a comfortable dining room in which to enjoy the North West Indian cuisine. You'll find all the...  Read More



Tuk Tuk Indian Street Food is a welcome new addition to Edinburgh which brings with it an exuberant love of Indian street food and a kitsch sense of humor. The decor is bright and vibrant with retro Bollywood posters, garishly colored chairs,...  Read More



A relative newcomer to the Edinburgh restaurant scene, Vinyasa has already made quite a name for itself. Vinyasa specializes in Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine. The lunchtime menu features a much reduced selection of curries and starters, so for...  Read More



This family-run Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant offers a range of authentic curries in a fun, friendly atmosphere. The menu is large and offers a blend of familiar Indian dishes, Scottish favorites and some unique specialities. This restaurant...  Read More



Opened over 25 years ago, the family-run Kalpna is one of Edinburgh's most established vegetarian restaurants. This Indian favorite may not be that much to look at, but you'll be treated to some of the best Indian cooking in the region. One of a...  Read More



Khushis was the first Indian restaurant to open in Edinburgh. The first incarnation of this restaurant opened its doors in 1947 under the name "Lothian Restaurant", but in 1974 was renamed Khushi's after its flamboyant owner. Since then Khushi's...  Read More



Dishoom is a vibrant Indian restaurant in the heart of Edinburgh which takes its inspiration from the Irani cafes of Bombay. The Edinburgh outpost is one of a family of six, all of the other establishments being based in London. All have a faux...  Read More



The idea here is to share your food and experience something new. Mother India's Cafe offers a twist on the tapas style so each person orders a few dishes and everyone tucks in. The dishes are a bit bigger than traditional tapas so you won't...  Read More


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Simon has lived in various corners of Edinburgh over the last 18 years. He fell in love with the city as a small child after visiting the castle and returned to study Scottish History.

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