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“rich and aromatic flavours, lovely and hot too.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant

Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant
25-27 | Cockburn Street, Edinburgh EH1 1BP, Scotland
+44 131 225 2832
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Ranked #28 of 1,900 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $8 - $23
Cuisines: Asian, Indian, Nepali
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant is a Nepalese and Indian restaurant based in the Heart of Edinburgh. This popular restaurant offers a unique journey through the Nepalese cuisine. As well as maintaining the authenticity of the food, Gurkha Cafe strives to elevate the dining experience by following the changing food trends in Nepal. To join us please make a Online Reservation using our Online Booking Form. Gurkha Cafe has an extensive variety of extraordinary Nepalese delicacies as well as Indian all time favorite which are all prepared for a fantastic palate
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“rich and aromatic flavours, lovely and hot too.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

Got an internet coupon for here, again, and came back for a 2nd visit (excellent value therefore). Better than I remembered. Brilliant location of course, in atmospheric central edinburgh, though the interior is not as much fun as those ground floor / basement restaurants nearby with exposed stone and spiral stairs etc. However, it's comfy and warm. The menu is interesting. But hang on, why I am postponing this... the flavours in the food are absolutely knockout! And that's what it's all about.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gurkha C, Public Relations Manager at Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Dear Jim,
Thank your very much for your lovely review. Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meal at Gurkha cafe. Our foods are prepared from the combination of fresh local ingredients and authentic Nepalese species. Right ingredients with our renowned chef can't go wrong -:).
Thanks again for your wonderful review. Look forward to seeing you again.
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“Very tasty food - try it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013

This little restaurant offers excellent Nepalese food. We tried the lunch menu which was ridiculously cheap and tasty - it was so good that we tried it on the same day we went back as well. There was surprisingly little guest for lunch which we found a bit strange with all great reviews, maybe it's busier in the evenings? Anyway, if you like Indian food i recommend that you try this restaurant as it's a nice twist to Indian food.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gurkha C, Public Relations Manager at Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Hi there,
Thanks for your lovely review. Pleased to hear that you you enjoyed your meal at Gurkha Cafe. Thanks again for your wonderful review and recommending us to everyone. we Look forward to seeing you again.
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic food, brilliant value, excellent service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

My wife and I enjoyed tremendously, our visit to Gurkha Cafe on the evening of Monday, 6th of May 2013.
A delight to be served authentic Nepalese cuisine, a good balance of flavours and portions. We had a starter of Chicken Sekuwa, 2 mains of Lamb Achari (1 hot, 1 medium), Kemma Naan and Apricot Naan. As previously mentioned, we found all food to have a great balance of flavour and the portions were just right. We also shared a bottle of house red.
Given the low cost of the items on the menu, I can not fault Gurkha Cafe. The restaurant was welcoming and the ambience was perfect. The restaurant and toilets were clean to the standard one would expect of a busy dining experience in the centre of Edinburgh. Our bill total was less than £50 which represents outstanding value.
The staff were more than happy to chat with us when we had finished our meal, adding that extra, personal touch.

We will certainly be returning next time we are in Edinburgh, and we will be very happy to recommend Gurkha Cafe to all of our friends. I will take this opportunity to thank all the staff for making our visit so enjoyable!

Sincerely,

Ian Crawford.

  • 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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Gurkha C, Public Relations Manager at Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Dear Ian,
Thank you so much for your lovely review. we do remember both of you on Monday evening in our wee restaurant. You both were also very friendly and chatty too and it was very nice to have you round. we always try the best to make our people feel with bit of friendliness, affection and love -:). Thanks again for your wonderful review and recommending us to your friends. we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Gurkha cafe when you are in town.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Delicious Food - really enjoyed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

My partner and I ate here with two friends during our weekend in Edinburgh. It is quite a small and intimate restaurant and we are so glad we chose here rather than one of the big chains. The food was delicious. My partner and I had tandoori chicken with apricot naan. I would definitely recommend and would definitely return. The staff were polite and friendly. I heard other patrons also giving compliments during the course of our meal.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Gurkha C, Public Relations Manager at Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review, May 16, 2013
Hi there,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your wonderful review . we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your meal and service at Gurkha cafe. we always try the best to make our people feel with bit of friendliness, affection and love -:).. Thanks again for your lovely review and I do hope that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you back to Gurkha when you are in town.
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“A very pleasant restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013 via mobile

To call this a cafe is a little misleading, it is a rather pleasant little restaurant.
The food was first rate, but with a little twist.

  • 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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Gurkha C, Public Relations Manager at Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant, responded to this review, May 6, 2013
Dear Simon,
Thank you so much for taking the time to write your wonderful review. Please to hear you found our service and food excellent. we look forward to seeing you next time when you are in town.
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