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5.1 /6 Excellent 22 Reviews


Newington Indian ££ +100
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About Kalpna

Thanks to an intrepid chef who traveled through the Indian subcontinent before establishing himself in Edinburgh, Kalpna boasts a menu that draws together regional Gujarati, Punjabi and South Indian cuisines. Globetrotter Ajay Bhartdwaj knows the value of fresh ingredients however, and makes sure his kitchen is stocked with locally-sourced ingredients when he creates his incredible dishes. A word to the wise, Kalpna is an Indian restaurant specialising in vegetarian cuisine, as is common in South Asia, so this is a godsend for students from nearby University of Edinburgh or Newington and Southside residents looking for a non-meat alternative. A good way to take the temperature, quality-wise, of what’s on offer is to opt for the Gujarati thali platters, otherwise take your pick for a satisfying Indian meal.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 14:00, 17:30 - 22:30
  • Sunday 17:30 - 22:30
Kalpna, 2-3 Patrick Square, EH8 9EZ Edinburgh


22 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 22 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
Quality/Price: cheap
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
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1 review so far 6
21.07.2017 07:59

The Kalpna experience is consistent..This is a charming place situated in a fascinating part of the City. Excellent, delicious food..fine wine..relaxed , friendly atmosphere...attractive décor.. pleasant serving staff .

1 review so far 6
14.06.2017 09:24

I have dined at Kalpna many times...and each time I enjoy the experience. The food is always delicious; the ambience simple , decorative and unpretentious; the service efficient and unobtrusive. The all vegetarian menus offers memorable tastes an exciting combinations of fresh ingredients. The very best of Indian dining for the discenrning palate

1 review so far 6
15.05.2017 17:34

The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Booked for three people originally but phoned another twice to add extra and was accommodated without any problem.

1 review so far 6
16.04.2017 18:29

Wonderful food, great service. Plenty of choice and very fairly priced. Good location and good ambience. Would highly recommend Thank you for a great evening

1 review so far 6
05.11.2016 08:27

Made a reservation for five thirty following a meeting in Edinburgh and we had some of the best Indian food we had had in a while. We opted for poori and kebab starters, a spinach patty type main ( only two small ones...could have eaten more or bigger ones but the sauce was sensational), Tarka dal, butter paneer, a bhindi dish, coconut rice and a chapati with an Indian beer for my husband completed our order and we received complimentary poppadam and chutneys. For less than £45 this was a fantastic meal and we will be racing back.

1 review so far 6
16.10.2016 11:24

Though we haven't eaten at Kalpna for years we were delighted that their highest of standards have been maintained. Delicious dosas as always and faultless service.

1 review so far 4
16.04.2017 11:06

This is a small restaurant with interesting decor and a nice atmosphere. The service was adequate and the food acceptable but not exciting or especially tasty. There was too little variety in the dishes, all of which seemed to come with too much cream. I have eaten here many times in the past and enjoyed it thoroughly but this visit was disappointing.

1 review so far 4
02.08.2017 08:15

Service wasn't consistent, would be better to have a single server to the table - not worth the 10% service charge automatically added to the bill. Menu seems more limited than before, with skimpy starter portions. Market research gatherer at the end of the meal was intrusive and spoilt the meal.

1 review so far 6
09.04.2017 08:13

Great food and service. The best Indian restaurant in Edinburgh! The vegan buffet offers a wide range of dishes and I wish I had been more hungry to try them all!

2 reviews so far 5
03.05.2017 08:08

Lovely food and very good service, only spoilt by a very noisy eater behind me but that wasn't the fault of the restaurant, see they add 10per cent service charge which is a bit cheeky

2 reviews so far 6
11.04.2017 08:49

Gorgeous vegetarian curry- tastes authentic. Friendly helpful staff and lovely relaxing atmosphere. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to go to if you want to experience authentic Indian food.

2 reviews so far 6
28.01.2017 12:16

Great food and lovely atmosphere. Changed hands last year but standards still very high. Would thoroughly recommend to vegetarians and non veggies alike. Good to see it so busy.

1 review so far 6
27.03.2017 09:28

Superb food ....who would miss meat with this quality of cooking? Everything was delicious ..... the butter dosa masala was absolutely superb. The staff are very warm & welcoming.

1 review so far 6
13.03.2017 21:15

Great meal with my student daughter and friend. FirSt time I've been back since 1990 when I was a student myself. 27 years and still a favourite!

1 review so far 5
17.07.2017 12:28

It was very good food & service. Table bit cramped with dishes. Our order was not very well explained to begin with as thalis dishes came later than others so bit confusing

1 review so far 2
10.04.2017 07:48

We were pretty much ignored by waiting staff and waited 1 hour for drinks and a menu. We waited a total of 2 hours for some food to arrive at our table. The food was delicious when we eventually got it, the dosa was the best dish I've tasted for a long time! Sadly I won't be going back due to the terrible service, and I wouldn't recommend it to a friend.

1 review so far 5
08.08.2017 08:08

Good range of dishes and good value at lunchtime. Service was good despite the restaurant being busy. This is a good place to catch up with former colleagues.

1 review so far 5
20.08.2017 07:11

Good food, nice decor. A bit loud but good service . Lines to get in the door, so reservations at peak hours would be a good idea.

1 review so far 5
06.08.2017 09:55

Excellent meal as ever. Best vegetarian food in Edinburgh! And best curry, veggie or not. And now I have to write this to be postable ...

1 review so far 5
06.05.2017 10:11

Very good food, reasonable prices and attentive service. Could do with a bit more spice in the aubergine achari, but the garlic naan was excellent.