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Edinburgh restaurant voted Scotland's best Indian by Uber Eats hailed as 'heavenly curry mecca'

An Edinburgh restaurant is celebrating success after it was shortlisted for the inaugural Uber Eats UK and Ireland Restaurant of the Year awards.

Mother India's Cafe - based on the Old Town's Infirmary Street - featured as one of ten Scottish nominees, with customers who voted deeming it the best Indian restaurant in Scotland, along with Mother India's sister sites in Glasgow.

For the next stage in the awards process, customers can view the shortlist and vote for their favourite restaurants from across the UK and Ireland from until 16 June at ubereatsawards.com.

READ MORE: Five Edinburgh restaurants make Uber Eats best in UK shortlist

The top restaurant from each region will then be invited to take part in a judging day, where their food will be tasted by the panel of judges, including Prue Leith, restaurateur and TV host, and Rachel Ama, vegan chef.

Other Edinburgh food spots to make best in Scotland shortlist include Bonnie Burrito, Bread Meats Bread, Bundit’s of Leith and The Smiddy BBQ.

And with a scan over customer reviews left on the likes of TripAdvisor and Google, it's clear to see why so many people consider Mother India's Cafe as the best Indian restaurant in Scotland, with one person even suggesting their food is the 'best Indian food outside of home cooking in India'.

The curries have been hailed by some as 'heavenly' (Instagram @mother_indias_cafe_edinburgh)

Their review, left as recently as last month, said: "The food comes from both the north the Punjab as well as the south - this is true home cooking Indian food."

Customers have also praised the eatery's 'tapas-style' dining, which differs from the majority of Indian restaurants across the capital.

One visitor said: "Tapas Indian meant smaller plates but not less quality of taste. Delicious starters and mains plus the lightest naan I’ve ever had. Fast service and great prices. Worth a trip!"

Despite it being deemed as the best Indian restaurant in the country, several people have commented on the diner's reasonable prices.

The tapas-style dining has been praised as both delicious and affordable (Facebook - MotherIndiasCafe)

A further review, written by someone who had a 'great family meal', said: "Went here with my partner's family celebrating her mother's birthday.

"I had two dishes of chicken and lamb and a small portion of rice with garlic naan. I also had two pints of kingfisher was very very very good staff were excellent. Five people eating 2-3 dishes each and a few pints, £135 .

"Very, very good price. Roughly 28 quid each for 2-3 dishes naan rice and drinks."

This was echoed by a fellow customer, who said: "We really enjoyed our tapas-y dinner here! Such a reasonable price at less than £45 for the fish pakora, vegetable pakora, saag paneer, garlic chilli chicken, garlic naan, and peshwari naan and two alcoholic drinks!"

The service of the staff also appears to attract high praise, but above all, people appear to come back here again and again on account of the excellent food, hailed by many as 'the best they've ever had', with the 'heavenly' Tikka Masala appearing to be a particularly big hit.

Feedback left by one person said: "Mother India is curry mecca! The most flavoursome curry I've had in Edinburgh. Beautiful flavours and rich sauces.

"The Chicken Tikka Masala (which they did as a tapas plate, not on menu, after I asked for it) was the best I've ever had. Can't wait to go back!"

One comment, summing up the thoughts of many, said: "It is simply the best Indian food I have ever tried anywhere, and I mean worldwide. This is the place that made me travel all the way to India to try all of its flavours, and you know what? I would still be dreaming about that chilli garlic chicken, spiced haddock or stag panner from Mother India's Cafe."

To find out more about the excellent Mother India's Cafe and to see the menu, make sure to visit their website here.