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5.0 /6 Excellent 25 Reviews

Passage To India

New Town Indian £££ +100
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About Passage To India

As the name may suggest, this popular restaurant centrally located on Union Place is the gateway to experiencing the exotic flavours of India right in the heart of the Scottish capital. Situated in the city centre’s impressive Georgian New Town, traditional cuisine from all over India is cooked up at Passage to India, named for E M Forster’s novel, no less, using authentic ingredients and cooking methods to give you the full Anglo-Indian experience.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 16:00 - 00:00
  • Tuesday 16:00 - 00:00
  • Wednesday 16:00 - 00:00
  • Thursday 16:00 - 00:00
  • Friday 16:00 - 00:30
  • Saturday 16:00 - 00:30
  • Sunday 16:00 - 23:30
Passage To India, 20 Union Place, EH1 3NQ Edinburgh

Further Information

Passage to India is the place to go to get your fix of Indian cuisine in Edinburgh’s New Town, to the northeast of the city centre. On the menu you will find all of the much loved Indian classics, some of which have been given a Scottish twist, such as their special haggis samosa and Highland chicken masala. Special dishes include north Indian chilli garlic chicken, Punjabi style methi gosht and Kerala fish curry, but you will also find all of your old favourites on the jam-packed menu, from chicken tikka to lamb jalfrezi.

If the delicious main courses on offer aren’t enough, load up your plate with their serious selection of sides which include a vast choice of naan breads, chapatis and roti. Vegetarians are well catered for too over at Passage to India, with a lengthy selection of dishes that can be served as either a main or a side dish. Located on Union Place in the city centre’s New Town, this restaurant is a popular choice for those seeking out the exciting flavours of India in Edinburgh, so be sure to book your table in advance to avoid disappointment!


25 Reviews

5.0 /6 Excellent 25 Reviews
Service: friendly
Noise: quiet
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
04.06.2017 07:51

We were seated quickly, there was a choice between the regular menu or pre theatre dinner menu. The food was lovely. Not too expensive either.

1 review so far 6
18.05.2017 12:58

The meal was most delicious. It was real authentic Indian style cooking. I live Indian food and have eaten in different parts of the world and the food here was among the best in the UK. Much better than all London fares.

1 review so far 6
20.03.2017 07:51

Great food and great service. Chicken Korma is amazing. I was in a party of 4 and we all thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Thank you.

1 review so far 6
28.02.2017 11:52

Fantastic value and delicious food - topped off by great friendly service - we will definitely be back in the future. Well placed for a pre theatre meal

1 review so far 3
06.01.2017 23:14

The food was good, my family enjoyed theirs and they have a good pre-theatre menu up until 7:30pm. I'm giving 3* however because I mentioned on the booking that I have coeliac disease (gluten free) and this was just to give them a heads up - I do this now out of experience. When I ordered the waiter obviously had no idea what gluten free even meant and went to check with the chef. He came back and claimed that out of a roughly 100 dish menu all I could eat was one chicken dish and boiled rice. I knew this couldn't be the case and spoke to another waiter who then advised me of more dishes that were gf and it was all fine. Or so I thought, later I was very ill and so obviously the dishes weren't gluten free. If you can't cater for gluten free I gave warning and should have been notified so I could go elsewhere. I will not be returning unfortunately.

4 reviews so far 5
19.11.2016 08:17

Had an excellent meal here. The staff were friendly and helpful. The food is delicious and not thick with fat like you get in some other curry houses. The waiter was even willing to give me hints on how to make one of the dahls we had which Is different from any I have had else where. We were assured it was a very authentic one which was verified by one of the others in the group who has travelled to India many times. Have been before and will be bacl again. Portions are very generous!

1 review so far 6
27.07.2016 07:49

Great food with great service at a reasonable price. Only amusing point was a phone call from the restaurant asking why I hadn't turned up as I had booked a table, whilst I was sat at the table. Funny really.

2 reviews so far 6
26.11.2016 09:18

Great meal, service first class, friendly waiters - hope to go back there before too long. Not too busy when our group of four were in the restaurant , which made conversation easy as some restaurants can be very noisy.

1 review so far 5
19.03.2017 00:41

I always have lamb dishes when i have an Indian and as i have only frequented 3 different Indian eateries thus far i in Edinburgh i can honestly say the lamb at Passage to India has been the most tender yet and staff great.

1 review so far 6
23.10.2016 02:46

Arrived about half hour early, was no problem to give us our table early. Food was lovely and very reasonably priced, we will definitely return when we need a meal before a show at the playhouse.

1 review so far 6
21.12.2015 01:08

This was our first visit to this restaurant. We found the table service to be very good and the food quality was exceptional. We shall certainly return at some time in the future.

1 review so far 6
22.11.2015 10:35

Really yummy food, good service! We will return for sure. They were very accommodating to our 2 year old who just loved the staff. Recommend the chicken saag and squid to start

1 review so far 6
05.01.2016 10:10

Lovely food. Don't be fooled just because it looks quiet. Competition in the area is high which was good for us as there were no big, noisy groups. worth a visit.

1 review so far 6
17.10.2016 23:36

Restaurant was very clean and staff most helpful. We had a great choice of Indian dishes also plenty of vegetarian dishes. Food was very tasty. Would certainty recommend this restaurant.

1 review so far 6
08.02.2016 21:46

The food was truely excellent, in particular the fresh naans. The staff were all friendly and helpful. Overall it was a great experience, would definitely go back.

1 review so far 6
20.12.2016 16:49

Excellent service and delicious food, will definitely be backand would highly recommend a visit 💟 prices reasonable as well. This little gem has the whole package.

1 review so far 5
26.02.2016 10:01

Lovely food, lovely restaurant and excellent staff at a very reasonable cost. I rate this as one of the best Indian restaurants in Edinburgh and I've been to quite a few.

1 review so far 5
19.03.2017 08:57

Restaurant ideally situated near Edinburgh Playhouse. Went here after a show. Service was very good as was the meal. A perfect ending to a lovely day out.

1 review so far 5
09.01.2017 23:23

Initially very quick service. Good tasty. When we wanted to have coffee waiter dismissed us and said it was only instant. Strange. However, an enjoyable meal.

1 review so far 5
05.08.2017 08:23

Food is absolutely delicious! The servings are generous (partner had land chop starter which came with 3 chops). Very comfortable, staff are friendly and polite.