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.
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.
The food was really good. The restaurant is small so best to book, I should think. It was busy so there was a small wait but staff were attentive. Very good vegan food.
Lovely meal, great friendly staff. A must for Edinburgh veggies! Delighted to see a full vegan menu as well. Recommend the thali!! Thanks again. 😁
We had the most delicious Indian meal. The food was really tasty, with fabulous flavours. The staff were very helpful and the restaurant had a lovely atmosphere.
Wonderful food, service and atmosphere. I love this place. Menu is varied and reasonably priced. My only concern is the quality/cleanliness of the toilets, especially the woman's toilets as the light would not come on.
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
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.
The food was good but the service was poor. Table booked for 6pm: we arrived at 5.55 and finally received our drinks and starter at 6.25 and our main course at 6.55! They were obviously working flat out but were overwhelmed. A restaurant of this quality should be better organised for busy periods. All we received was a smile and a 'sorry' when we had to rush our meal and leave for another engagement. We have been to Kalpna many times over the years but sadly will think twice before going again. D A S
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 .
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.
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.