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 the 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 Times

Open today - Opens at 12:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Address

Kalpna
2-3 Patrick Square, Newington
Edinburgh EH8 9EZ

Menu Highlights

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Starters

SEV DAHI POORI

Popular roadside fare from India. Crispy pooris with potatoes, chickpeas and onion, topped with honey flavoured yogurt, tamarind-date sauce and green coriander chutney. Served cold.
£3.95

HARABHARA KEBAB

Pan fried spinach patties filled with homemade cheese and ground herbs.
£4.95

TANDOORI MIX

Vegetables, baby potatoes & paneer coated in a spicy yogurt marinade and cooked in a tandoor.
£4.95

More about Kalpna, Edinburgh

Serving lucky foodies for over 25 years, Kalpna is Edinburgh’s most highly revered vegetarian restaurant. This stylish and iconic space, located on Patrick Square in Newington, first began dishing up its now famous curries in 1982 and now has several awards under its belt. The concept behind Kalpna is simple – serve wholesome and nutritious vegan and vegetarian food that’s packed with flavour. Which all sounds pretty darn good to us! So, what should you expect from the menu here then?

Firstly, we recommend starting your Kalpna food journey with starters to share with your pals, consider the sev dahi poori which are popular Indian roadside snacks made from potatoes, chickpeas and onions and then served with honey, tamarind-date sauce and green coriander chutney. A visit to Edinburgh’s Kalpna is never complete without ordering the signature dum aloo kashmiri, which consists of potato barrels filled with veggies, paneer and nuts. You’ll also find all your favourite classic curries on offer in this Newington haven, so whether you’re in to try something new or after an old favourite, Kalpna is the place for quality and delicious vegetarian Indian cuisine each and every time.

66 Kalpna Reviews

Excellent
5.0/6
66 Reviews
Food:Outstanding
Waiting time:Very good
Noise levels:Pleasant
Value for money:Good value
Service:Great
Atmosphere:Pleasant
New"Excellent"
6/6
Brendan N.3 days ago · 1 review

Everything about the restaurant felt very high quality and authentic. The food was probably the best Indian cuisine I've ever eaten, the nan bread especially, and the portion sizes were perfect. The service we got was also very nice and whilst we waited for our food we could entertain ourselves with the fascinating 'spice decorated' tables. Overall it was a very enjoyable evening and the food was very well priced.

New"Excellent"
6/6
Forbes C.6 days ago · 1 review

Great experience, the restaurant has been refurbished and looks super. The food was excellent and the staff were very good as well. All in all a nice meal before a great show at the Festival Theatre from Jools Holland.

New"Excellent"
6/6
Deborah G.9 days ago · 2 reviews

Excellent dining experience. Delicious food. Friendly wait staff. Casual ambience. Vegan options. My partner and I had the smaller sampler platters (2 starters, 3 entrees and dessert) and enjoyed them. We were full by the end of the meal.