Mother India Cafe in Jeffrey St in Edinburgh is the first Edinburgh outlet of the well-known Mother India group in Glasgow. I’ve eaten there a few times and also in Glasgow. Similar menus – so called ‘tapas style’ where you order a number of small dishes. Three of us had Saag Paneer, Butter chicken, Lamb Mussala, Okra and Tomatoes, spicy fish cakes and spiced haddock with a garlic pitta and a portion of rice. Poppadums and excellent coriander chutney to start. Excellent food and, like Rivage in Easter Road, shows how good Indian food can be – a far cry from the the post-pub curry house. Interestingly, the ambiance here is rather different from the Glasgow branch – here it is sophisticated and, dare I say it, a bit middle class – in Glasgow, it’s more urban and chaotic. But that’s just reflecting the difference in the cities. Glasgow wins on the view though – the Kelvingrove Art Galleries. But try either – you will not be disappointed.
About £37 for 3, including some Kingfisher beer. Visited August 2010.