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31 – 33 Nicolson Square
+44(0)131 667 4035
Overall Score: ★★★★☆
The Mosque Kitchen has been one of my favourite foodie haunts in Edinburgh for a long time – even before I became vegan. With gorgeous curries served in big hearty portions for less than a fiver a pop, this is a brilliant place to get a satisfying meal on the cheap.
Sadly, I stopped going to the Mosque Kitchen for a while when I first gave up meat and dairy because I assumed that they used ghee in their cooking. Like many things, I needlessly cut this wonderful place out of my life assuming they wouldn’t cater for vegans. How wrong I was!
I was scanning the #veganedinburgh hashtag on Instagram one day when I saw my old favourite pop up in the feed. That can’t be right, surely?
Turns out, the Mosque Kitchen don’t use ghee after all. They use oil – beautiful, dairy-free oil – making most of their veggie curries vegan-friendly. Happy days! Since I made this happy discovery, I’ve been going back on a regular basis and stuffing my face with their delicious cheap curry, and I highly suggest you do too.
Vegan food available at the Mosque Kitchen
As their curries are cooked with oil and not ghee, most of the vegetable curries are vegan-friendly. These include:
- Mixed vegetable curry
- Saag aloo (spinach and potato curry)
- Chana masala (chickpea curry)
- Bombay aloo (potato curry)
Unfortunately the bread is still made with butter, so not safe for vegans, but if you’re like me a curry with rice will be plenty for a satisfying meal.
Every time I go with Mr B, we always get the same thing. I get the mixed veg curry at £3.50, while he gets the chana masala for £4.00. Add drinks to that, and we’re feeding ourselves for a no more than a tenner. To be fair, there are absolutely no frills to this place – you have to go up to the canteen-style serving area to order and you’re lucky if you get a plate that isn’t made out of paper, but everything considered it’s not bad at all.
Mr B likes the chana masala because it’s full of protein and a really satisfying meal, but I prefer the mixed veg curry as the sauce is a bit more to my taste. The portions are pretty big, so sometimes I struggle to finish off the entire meal, but I always give it my best shot!
With those prices, you can’t beat the Mosque Kitchen for a satisfying meal. It’s a great option if you want to treat yourself without breaking the budget.
Menu info: ★★☆☆☆
Value for money: ★★★★★