Ate here the other week after trying a number of different restaurants. This would probably be my favourite for Indian food in Edinburgh. Really worth trying.
Tags: business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasion
(Source: Open Table)
Having been here about 5 or 6 times I feel I can promise wholeheartedly that this place is completely and utterly fantastic.
The food...ERMAGERRHDthe food. I've had something different every time, so I would recommend get whatever it is you like the look of as you wont be disappointed. My favourite has been the chilli and garlic chicken and also the crab. I generally get momo or sherpas chicken to start, they come with a beautiful yoghurt sauce that I would probably just drink out of dish if I was a little more socially inept. The food is always piping hot, big portions (I always end up taking some home). The only thing is that if you love your food super spicy (as my husband does), you need to ask for extra hot, rather than just hot as either Nepalese food is less spicy than South Indian food or the chef is cautious about adding it in for Western customers.
Staff are super friendly, efficient and all round superstars. Always happy for a chat and always check back that everything is fine.
The restaurant is always clean and while the toilets could maybe do with a little upgrade, they are certainly always clean and smelling fresh.
September 2014, tripadvisor review.
Indian restaurant in Edinburgh, Namaste Kathmandu, a gem of restaurant is situated In the heart of Edinburgh's city centre. Here you can sample a range of authentic and delicious Indian and Nepalese cuisine. The intimate setting and top quality food are a winning combination that makes a visit to Namaste Kathmandu one you won't forget.
With the first cold breath of winter blowing icily across the country, there's probably no better time to be looking for a nice cosy bit of comfort on a night out.
The added chill of what looks to be a long, dark economic freeze also means that finding a restaurant that can provide good food and good value is more essential than ever.
The Namaste Kathmandu is such a place, a little haven of happiness tucked away behind unassuming black glass windows on Forrest Road.
The dark exterior is, it has to be said, not the most enticing, but to step inside the brightly lit North Indian and Nepalese restaurant is to feel instantly at home.
Billed as 2008’s new kid on the block, this spacious restaurant near the university is steadily carving out a reputation for relaxed and contemporary Indian dining. The look is clean cut; beyond big plate glass windows, blonde wood style gets a Nepalese spin with injections of warm colour and authentic brassware and art pieces. Chef Bimal Basnet has the kitchen purring like a well-oiled machine, while front-of-house staff are genial and knowledgeable. Well-executed favourites are here aplenty – samosas, pakoras, tandoori dishes and curries in please-all degrees of heat and spice – but it’s the specialities from the chef’s native Nepal which draw those hankering after the tastes of those gap year travels, or seeking a reminder of home. Momo (dumplings stuffed with minced chicken or vegetables and fried or steamed) pair beautifully with the gentle freshness of a tomato and sesame dip, while seafood mains such as Punjabi machli (juicy red snapper) respond equally well to the signature subtlety in the use of herbs and spices. Lunchtime brings a choice of thalis, king prawn, chicken, lamb or vegetarian all for under a tenner, and they also do takeaway with free local delivery.
Namaste Kathmandu was absolutely fantastic. I am a coeliac (gluten intolerant) and so am used to not having very much choice. I could have anything on the menu baring the Naan breads! It was absolutely fantastic. The food was also excellent and more than I could eat. I would highly recommend it.
Second visit to Namaste Kathmandu - both very enjoyable. The food is fantastic, but some different Nepalese dishes to try - yum! Very reasonably priced too, highly recommended.
Namaste Kathmandu, Edinburgh: Tasty food, pleasant staff. A member of our group had been to Kathmandu and said the food reminded him of it there, so I guess it's authentic! Well worth a try.
The food is outstanding, the Piro Khasi Ko Masu Lamb is one of the most flavourful delicous dishes I have ever tasted (if a little hot) and the waiting staff cannot do enough for you. We would highly recommend Namaste Kathmandu restaurant to anyone living in or visiting Edinburgh.