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Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant

Old TownAsian, Nepalese
282 Reviews

About Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant

Edinburgh is known for its top dining destinations and at Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant diners can indulge in some of the cities finest Nepalese cuisine. Alongside specialities from Nepal, you’ll find all of the time-honored Indian classics too, so no matter if you’re looking to try something different or you’re craving your favourite curry – there’s plenty of options on the menu here. The team behind Gurkha Restaurant pride themselves in using only the finest, freshest locally-sourced ingredients and you can really taste the difference in each and every mouthful. So whether you’re planning a cute date night, a get together with some friends and family or if you’re looking to impress – book a table at Gurkha Cafe and head on over to Cockburn Street in the Old Town for a real feast!

Opening Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant
25-27 Cockburn Street, Old Town
Edinburgh EH1 1BP

Menu Highlights



Mix Vegetable Pakora

Mixed vegetables dipped in a spicy batter and deep fried to make fabulous fritters

Aloo Tareko

Potato cake stuffed with green peas, cumin and fresh ginger

Piro Kukhura (Hot)

Chicken spiced with chilli, garlic and herbs and served with greek style yoghurt and chives


Chicken Tikka Shaslik

Chicken marinated and skewered with onions, tomato and mix peppers served with salad & sauce.

Tandoori Sea Bass

Sea bass roasted in the clay oven and served with special sauce

Mixed Kebab Platter

Chef’s special choice of barbecues served with dressed salad and chef’s special sauce


Aloo Jeera (Medium or Hot)

A simple yet irresistible dish of potatoes spiced with cumin seeds

Vegetable Korma (Mild)

Mix of seasonal vegetables cooked with mild rich creamy sauce

Mushroom Pyaza (Medium or Hot)

Splendid mix of mushroom and onion cooked with spices.
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More about Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant, Edinburgh

With its traditional decor and wooden beams creating a warm and intimate ambience, Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant in Edinburgh’s Old Town feels quite like a cosy Himalayan mountain hut. No trip to a Nepalese restaurant would be complete without trying Nepal’s most famous dish: momos (steamed dumplings filled with spiced chicken or mixed vegetables) and we recommend beginning your meal with some. Then move on to a flavoursome curry, like the lamb khutta (lamb leg cooked with traditional Nepalese herbs and served with rice) or Ghurka Cafe’s special chicken (roasted chicken prepared with chef’s blend of spices served with daal makhani).

As well as Nepalese dishes you’ll find some Indian favourites available Gurkha Restaurant, from korma to tikka masala, with plenty of options for vegetarians and seafood lovers too. You’ll find Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant conveniently located on Cockburn Street in the Old Town, close to Edinburgh Waverley train station as well as Princes Street, putting it in the perfect location for a feast after spending the day shopping or sightseeing. To avoid disappointment, book a table in advance!

282 Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant Reviews

282 Reviews
Noise levels:Pleasant
Waiting time:Exceptionally good
Value for money:Great value
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Euan C.12 days ago · 1 review

Best curry in Edinburgh. Been a whilst for years and the staff are delightful. I always get the Bhot Ko Chelu and I recommend you do too!

Nadine K.12 days ago · 1 review

the meal was very delicious, they have a good variety of drinks and there are working lovely people. we definitely recommend this restaurant. thanks for having us.

Linda R.24 days ago · 5 reviews

The meal was amazing, very tasty and reasonably priced. Well worth a visit. Staff were very friendly and attentive. I’ll definitely be going back again.

Sarah E.a month ago · 1 review

The Restaurant does not very inviting from the outside however inside it is really lovely and comfortable. The service staff is really friendly and the food is just amazing, it is definately woth a visit!

Gemma P.a year ago · 2 reviews

Could not fault the food or speed of service at all. All waiting staff were very attentive and the food was delicious. Great selection of drinks too! Their draught lager, Everest, is a great accompaniment to anything on the menu. Would be happy to recommend this restaurant to anybody and I already have to several friends. My only small niggle is the close proximity of tables to each other, leaving minimal space for staff to get through or to avoid the back of your chair bumping someone else's. With it being such a popular and enjoyable place to experience though, I understand they want to make room for plenty of people to share in it. Will be a returning customer.

Sarah K.a year ago · 2 reviews

Upon arrival we were greeted and shown to our table immediately. Service was prompt and friendly especially on a very busy Friday (rugby 6 nations weekend). Our waiter advised us on ordering only one order of rice and one order of naan between two which was plenty. I ordered the mo mo starter which was the best I've tasted and the lamb main dish was extremely tender and full of flavour. I have no hesitation in recommending this restaurant to my friends and I will definitely be returning again.

Bob K.8 months ago · 1 review

Easy online booking. Waited a few minutes before seating but this was only to be expected as the place was obviously popular and very busy. Delicious meal for two consisting of pops and pickle tray followed by Chicken Vindaloo (not on the menu, but ask and they will oblige), rice and Cheese Naan. Washed down with a bottle of Pinot Grigio. £54 + tip. Pleasant and helpful staff. Clean toilets...though down a stone spiral staircase so probably out of bounds for the disabled. Highly recommended.

Debbie Milligan A.2 years ago · 1 review

My partner and I have been going to the Gurkha for about 4 years now, this trip was my birthday dinner, as always the food was superb, but we have noticed that the service does slip when the restaurant is busy. We even had to ask for the bill three times. One of the main selling points when we first ate here was the service. It was second to none, we just feel a little disappointed when the standard slips, this can't be good for first-time visitors to the restaurant as they will think this is normal which is not the case. We love this restaurant and it is always first choice for our celebration meals and basically any other excuse we can find to eat out.

Nicola B.a year ago · 2 reviews

The Gurkha Cafe and Restaurant offers amazing food and service. I have been many times now, as my friend Mark Sanky from Edinburgh has been a regular there for years. The food tastes very fresh with lots of herbs, spices and flavour. The staff are very friendly and helpful. Great experience, you definitely need to try and perhaps this may be your new regular place for a curry!

Jim M.2 years ago · 3 reviews

Welcome was warm and friendly, atmosphere is good, but, best of all, the food was top notch. The menu gives customers plenty oh choice in terms of starters and mains with the staff only too willing to offer advice. Overall, this was a good dining experience. Given that the restaurant was well filled early on a Tuesday evening substantiates that point. We will definitely return. Jim McLean

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