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“Absolutely first class, honest, delicious, passionate food!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Indaba

Indaba
3 Lochrin Terrace | Tollcross, Edinburgh EH3 9QJ, Scotland (Bruntsfield)
+44 131 221 1554
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Ranked #19 of 1,899 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $23 - $39
Cuisines: African, Spanish, Tapas
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Neighborhood: Bruntsfield
Description: An unpretentious Tapas restaurant serving uncomplicated Tapas From Spain and South Africa. If you're looking for a luxurious experience based on whatever rating we have on Tripadvisor at present, we advise you to look elsewhere. Please note we have tried many times to get Tripadvisor to remove the Child Friendly tag from our listing they have not done this. Due to local licensing laws we are not permitted to allow children under 5 years of age as we have no changing facilities. Parties of Six or more will be required to pay a deposit of £10 per person on booking to secure the booking. This is due to repeated no-shows.
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“Absolutely first class, honest, delicious, passionate food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

I dined at Indaba a few weeks ago with a few friends. Having read the reviews on here, and living very close we had to give it a go. We booked the day before (for a Wednesday night) and glad we did as it was completely full when we got there.

Its in a very unassuming location, right on Toll Cross, with nothing really around it, but don’t be fooled, what it lacks in ambiance of the surrounds it makes up for in charm, cuisine and service.

Arriving we were seated at a very normal sized table for 4 people. Don’t believe the reviews that say these are small tables, I mean, come on, who really complains about the size of a table? We were quickly served by a lovely waitress who brought out a specials board and took us through the mouthwatering culinary delights they had to offer. We asked how many we should choose for 4 and was told around 12 dishes. Given many of the dishes were in the £5 range we thought this was quite reasonable so got to ordering.

We chose a bunch of staples for Spanish tapas (Spicy potatoes), such as patatas Bravas, Chorizo al la Plancha (pan fried chirzo), Croquetas
and went a little adventurous with some slightly different options such as Caraotas Negras con Pollo y Arroz - black beans, chicken and rice, Arepa – A south american corn patty thing that sort of resembles a mini burger, the Ribs and some of the specials such as a sweet lamb stew and an aubergine salad.

As with all good tapas restaurants it was not long before the delights started to hit our table. One after the other we devoured the delicious treats that came out. The ribs, most peoples fav on our table, were HUGE with the meat falling off the bone. Each dish that had a sauce was a triumph of flavor and spice levels, showing the care and attention of a great chef.

Lastly we ordered dessert. Two of use went for the “crying cake” and the other two shared the mixed dessert. When the crying cake came out, I instantly knew why it was called a crying cake, as my arteries were crying at the thought of all the yummy, gooey chocolately delight that was about to hit them. Imagine a lava cake, with 90% gooey chocolate center, only 3 times the size of a normal lava cake. I think a straw would have been a better way to eat it!!

All in all we loved the food and experience of Indaba. The service was first rate with friendly, passionate staff, wonderful imaginative food and a reasonable price to boot (Around £100 for four people including mains, dessert and two bottles of wine). We will be back for sure……if only for the crying cake….what’s that arteries, I can’t hear you, I am going back anyway!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“What a treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2013 via mobile

We went to this restaurant last night. Didn't look much from the outside and it is off a main street but we spoke to the local inhabitants who reassured us it was great. They were definitely on the money. The menu was varied and tapas size so we were able to share 6 dishes. Each was as delicious as the previous. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to anybody looking for great different flavours and tastes. Staff were very helpful and friendly and we tries Spanish beer. We left happy travellers.thanks

Visited May 2013
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“Our Second Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

We love Edinburgh, and this restaurant is special, the menu is a diverse range of Spanish and South African Tapas, sounds strange but it definitely works, the drinks list is very good and the staff are just right not over attentive but available and helpful. Great restaurant if going to the Kings Theatre or Cameo picture house.
A definite must visit next time we are in Edinburgh

Visited May 2013
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Have walked past this place numerous times and haven't given it a second glance. My loss. However noticed the great reviews and placing on tripadvisor and decided to give it a go.

A truly unique fusion of South African, Venezuelan and Spanish cuisine. A vast array of meat, fish and vegetable dishes from these regions. My wife and I chose 3 tapas dishes each and then shared them and these certainly filled the gap. All were first class but notable for me were the lamb and apricot sosaties and the chorizo and fried egg arepa. Both absolutely gorgeous. My wife also tried the zebra curry which was slow cooked to perfection but I didn't really warm to the distinctive taste of zebra myself. Desserts continued in the same vein and particularly delicious was the "crying" chocolate torte.

Service was first class. Varied list of drinks to choose from and prices were reasonable. A biltong starter, 6 tapas dishes, 2 desserts, a bottle of wine, a beer and 2 digestifs came to about £70.

A truly great dining experience and will certainly be returning.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Meet your friends INDABA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013 via mobile

Visited with son and fiancee, sadly his not mine. Would strongly suggest booking. Very friendly welcome.Our choices of vegetarian dishes and steak was uniformly excellent. Flavours were prominent. The patatas brabavas could have had more sauce but that's was our only criticism. The service throughout and descriptions of the specials was excellent and the wine by the glass reasonably priced. A lovely relaxing occasion.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
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    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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