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“Great food, friendly service, good value”

Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant
Ranked #78 of 2,528 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $23
Cuisines: Asian, Indian, Nepali
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Old Town
Description: Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant is an authentic 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 & Restaurant strives to elevate the friendly and relaxed dining experience by following the changing food trends in Nepal. Gurkha Cafe & Restaurant has an extensive variety of extraordinary Nepalese delicacies as well as Indian all time favorites which are all prepared for a fantastic palate.
Keighley, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
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“Great food, friendly service, good value”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

Great food, friendly service, good value and a good location just off the Royal Mile. We visited the Gurka café & restaurant after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor and we were not disappointed the food was so good we returned the following evening to try it again. The waiter even remembered us and chatted to us for a few moments. We order the Mo Mos on our first visit (which were gorgeous and would defiantly recommend) even though we had not ordered any popadoms the waiter brought us some explaining that the Mo mos took 15- 20 minutes to cook – which as a nice touch and they are definitely worth the wait. We will be returning to the Gurka on our next trip to Edinburgh

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank MacysMeanderings
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Gurkha C, Guest 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. Please to hear you found our service friendly and food great. we do remember you and i bring poppadoms which could be good time pass while your Mo Mo being ready -:). You were also friendly and chatty too. It was very nice to have you around -;).
Thanks again for you for your lovely review and recommending us. we look forward to welcoming you when you are in town.
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Larkhall, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“great food”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Quality food, great service, well priced, well located just off the Royal Mile. Would advise booking can seat 40 but it was filling up fast when we visited. A mix of indian and nepalese food. Obviously didn't try the whole menu, but have in the past eaten Nepalese food, prepared and cooked traditionally. would like to have seen more of this on the menu but Goat and chicken bones probably not everybody's cup of tea.

Visited May 2013
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Thank BLUESOLDIER
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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 our restaurant.
Thanks again for you for your lovely review and recommending us. we look forward to welcoming you when you are in town.
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“rich and aromatic flavours, lovely and hot too.”
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
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Very tasty food - try it!”
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
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Thank Razorshark
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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!”
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
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Thank Ian C
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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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