Indian cuisine is famous all over the world, and an Indian meal is always a popular choice among the British population when dining out. India and Edinburgh may be a long, long way from each other, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t experience that flavours of India without leaving the Scottish capital. There are plenty of amazing Indian restaurants in Edinburgh to choose from, whether you’re looking to splurge on a fine dining experience, or are looking for a fuss-free but delicious budget meal. Easily browse the best of Edinburgh’s Indian restaurants and book a table online with Quandoo.
The UK’s love for for a good curry dates all the way back to the colonial times of the British Raj, the rule by the British Crown in the Indian subcontinent between 1858 and 1947. British wives would interact with their Indian cooks, resulting in the invention of Anglo-Indian cuisine – Indian dishes adopted to suit Western palates. Indian cuisine was then introduced to the United Kingdom, and it was here that famous dishes like the balti, korma and chicken tikka massala were invented. One of the first Indian restaurants in Edinburgh – Khushi’s – opened in 1974 and the Scottish capital has been crazy for curry ever since, and these days there’s plenty of great Indian restaurants in Edinburgh to choose from.
Indian food is very diverse, with cuisines varying a great amount as you travel from region to region, influenced by the areas religion and the produce that is available locally. In the North of India curries are a staple and dishes are often heavier and creamier, while in the South, cooking is based around rice, lentils and stews, with popular dishes like dosa (a type of crepe made from lentil and rice). In the West, Maharashtra’s coastal location means that fish and coconut feature heavily in dishes, while Gujarati cuisine is mostly vegetarian with some Chinese influences, meanwhile, the east of India is famous for its amazing desserts.
For a beginner, delving into the fiery depths of Indian cuisine can be daunting with so many options to choose from. Let us talk you through some of the dishes that you must try at Edinburgh Indian restaurants:
If you want to try something a bit different from the usual curry house classics, then you’re in luck at Indian restaurants in Edinburgh. Scotland is famous for its seafood and game, and at many of Edinburgh’s Indian restaurants you will find local produce like Scottish salmon, venison, haddock, pheasant and scallops being incorporated into the menu. Another must-try is haggis pakora – a fusion of the Indian classic and Scotland’s national dish that has been popping up on menus all over the country, while some Indian restaurants in Edinburgh have been taking things to the next level with creations like the Irn Bru bhuna, a curry infused with Scotland’s infamous favourite soft drink.
As one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, Edinburgh Old Town has no shortage of great places to eat out, and in amongst all of the traditional Scottish restaurants you’ll find a number of amazing Indian curry houses waiting to be discovered. Try some Indian tapas at Guchhi India – the perfect way to curb your hunger after a day of sightseeing in the Old Town, or book a table at one of the traditional Indian restaurants in Edinburgh’s Old Town and enjoy time-honoured recipes whipped up using age-old cooking methods.
Whether you’re a tourist looking to find out the best place to go for a curry in Edinburgh, or you are a local on the hunt for a new hidden gem to try out, Quandoo are here to help you find Indian restaurants in Edinburgh with ease. Filter by cuisine type, price and district and find the perfect Indian restaurant in Edinburgh for you. Once you’ve taken your pick, quickly and easily book a table online. Finding the best Indian restaurants in Edinburgh has never been so simple!