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“Fabulous Indian”
Review of Kalpna

Kalpna
Ranked #383 of 2,483 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Indian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
Edinburgh
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67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Fabulous Indian”
Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

Four of us visited and had a superb meal. We all ended choosing the same thing - Thaali Raj Bhog - and it was superb. Beautifully presented on heavy silver salvers, we went with 2 spicy and 2 mild ones. It takes a bit of getting used to having your starter, mains and dessert served on the same platter at the same time but once you get over that, it's actually a very relaxing way to eat without any disturbance from waiting staff. There was a large group in with us and so the food was a bit slow arriving but we were nibbling on the excellent popadoms so barely noticed. Great stuff!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Best vegetarian in Edinburgh”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

The restaurant itself is gorgeous, with distinctively decorated walls which you could just look at all evening! The food is all vegetarian and all delicious: beautifully presented and even better to taste. My particular favourite is the Dam Aloo Kashmeri, I'd really recommend it. The pistachio kulfi is also suberb. The portions are sensible, though by no means small. A bit cold sometimes, so I'd ask for a table away from the door if possible. Always my restaurant of choice for birthdays! Even if you don't think you could stomach an entirely vegetarian meal, try it. You certainly won't regret it.

  • Visited December 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“Fabby veggie Indian food”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

Kalpna - what to say? A restaurant I have been visiting for 25 years and it's still the best vegetarian Indian restaurant in Edinburgh. All the food is well presented, very tasty, and with reasonable portion sizes so it is possible to eat it all. Every dish I have ever eaten here is excellent, the drink selection includes indian beers and lassi, the relatively recent refurbishment gives you hours of amusement looking at the artwork that literally is the walls. It's also reasonably priced and family friendly. Can be a bit chilly if you're sitting near the door so ask to sit elsewhere. My children's choice when it comes to birthday celebrations. My daughter (17 years old) is sitting at my shoulder and says it can't be faulted. It's even on a direct bus route from our street.

  • Visited December 2012
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Livingston, Scotland
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“A great start to our New Year!!!!”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Our plans for New Year had fallen through and we didn't think we'd get a table but we did and boy was it worth it. DELICIOUS food,excellent house white and good service. Yes the portions aren't huge but perfectly adequate. The mango kulfi is amazing. Only tiny niggle is the restaurant can be on the chilly side and the basement toilets really freezing.We will be back for another delicious massala dosa!!!

  • Visited December 2012
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“Great Food”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

We heard of this restaurant many years ago from my brother who was living in Edinburgh. He and his wife have frequently suggested we should try it.
The wait has been long, but the experience in the end has fully lived up to the hype. We were made most welcome by Umesh? the chief waiter. He advised and explained re the menu and was very attentive. Most of us ordered thalis, the big trays with multiple dishes,. The mixture of flavours and textures were wonderful. Everything was vegetarian and four out of five of us were meat eaters, but we all agreed that we could not have had a better meal. We left feeling quite satiated, but not uncomfortable. The spices and herbs were mild. The food was not greasy. Service was quick and friendly. We recommend it and look forward to returning.

  • Visited December 2012
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