Since opening on St Andrew's Square over a year ago, Dishoom has been the Indian of choice for Edinburgh foodies, due to its quaint setting, warm service and - above all else - its exquisite small plates inspired by the subcontinent's street food culture.

If you’re looking for a similar experience in the city, or simply don’t fancy queuing for a table, try one of these excellent Edinburgh Indian restaurants.

Mother India

Situated on Infirmary Street in Edinburgh’s Southside, Mother India’s Cafe deliver Tapas style plates of Indian food.

Dishes cost as little as £3.85 and vary from the traditional Saag Paneer to the more adventurous garlic mushroom pakora.

Visit: 3-5 Infirmary Street, EH1 1LT – motherindia.co.uk

Kalpna

Kalpna’s solely vegetarian menu is packed with delicious delight from the east, that satisfy the most ardent of omnivores.

The Clerk Street restaurant serve up arguably the best masala dosa in town – a rice pancake stuffed with delicious potato curry and served with a selection of flavoursome sauces.

Visit: 2-3 St Patrick Square, EH8 9EZ – kalpnarestaurant.com

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Tanjore

A stone’s throw away from Kalpna is Tanjore.

Named after a holy Tamil Nadu city, this restaurant specialise in Southern Indian cuisine, including: including dosas, idlies, vadais and uttapams.

Tanjore also serve up thali’s (a vast selection of small plates) for £8 during lunchtime on weekdays.

Visit: 6-8 Clerk Street, EH8 9HX – tanjore.co.uk

Tuk Tuk

Decked out with Bollywood posters, a photobooth and a tuk tuk, this Lothian Road restaurant dishes up bitesized portions of spice-packed Indian food.

Chicken lollipops and puri stuffed with yoghurt and spices are two of their most popular dishes.

Visit: 1 Leven Street, EH3 9LH – tuktukonline.com

10 To 10 In Delhi

This vibrantly coloured hang-out serves up simple and tasty Indian cuisine at a meagre price.

The generous portions and bags of taste on offer have made it a popular meeting spot for the city’s student population.

Visit: 67 Nicolson Street, EH8 9BZ – facebook.com/10-to-10-in-delhi

Khushi’s

Khushi’s was the first Indian restaurant to open in Edinburgh, with city residents first sampling the eastern delights on offer in 1947.

Today, the Antigua Street restaurant continues to delight Edinburgh citizens with their unique take on Indian food. The slow-cooked, creamy dal makhani is a must for capital foodies.

Visit: 10 Antigua Street, EH1 3NH – khushis.com

Bombay Bicycle Club

Situated around the corner from the Meadows, this modest Indian eatery has long been one of the city’s best kept secrets.

The team at Bombay Bicycle Club picked up their skills during stints at 5 star hotels around the world, and tit shows in the quality of north Indian cuisine served up to delighted customers.

Visit: 6 Brougham Place, EH3 9HW – edinburghbombaybicycle.co.uk

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