Located just around the corner from the Festival Theatre on Nicolson Square, nestled between a few excellent Indian and international food shops. Kebab Mahal has been serving up seriously tasty Indian food since 1979, making it one of the oldest Indian restaurants in town.
It’s a small, basic space with only a few tables and countertops to sit at. There aren’t many frills, but they serve up some of the best Indian food in town. They have all the traditional curry dishes from biriyani to vindaloo and do great kebabs and tandoori dishes. Their naan breads are huge, like a small elephant’s ear!
They don’t serve alcohol but have a great range of soft drinks, which you can choose for yourself from the fridge and a few flavours of lassi.
All the food is halal and it’s also really good value for money for the quality, and quantity – portions are pretty big! As you’d imagine it gets very busy, especially as it’s so close to the university and it can be crazy busy during the Festival. It’s a great spot for a post-theatre meal as it has usually quieted down a bit by then.
For dessert, if you have any room, they have a nice selection of Indian sweets such as paklava, baba baba and rasmali. There’s also ice cream and various flavours of kulfi on offer.
If you can’t get a space then worry not as they do takeaway. They don’t do delivery, unfortunately, but if you phone ahead they will have it ready for you to collect.
If you are just looking for food on the go, possibly on the way home after a few refreshments, they do one of the best doner kebabs to be had in town. The chilli sauce is seriously hot but is tempered somewhat by cool, cucumber-infused yoghurt. It is open late until 2 am on Fridays and Saturdays. No curries are available after 12 and it only serves kebabs, pizzas and starters, such as pakoras.
7 Nicolson Square, EH8 9BH
0131 667 5214