34 St Mary's St Edinburgh EH1 1SX

Many of Edinburgh’s Indian restaurants are like a 1970s timewarp, but this bright, creative gem, just off Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile, is a welcome addition. Here all the old classics are on the menu, such as vindaloos and kormas, but even these are given a little tweak. The tandoori comes with sautéed onions and peppers, and the ‘Vinyasa Special Murgh’ is a delight, chicken barbecued on the bone then pulled off and cooked in a mildly spicy sauce. The Monday Curry Club is worth checking out too, with three courses for under £15. The dining room is as bright and airy as the staff, in an Indian restaurant that deliberately steers far from the all the usual curry house clichés. Decent value too.

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