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6-8 Clerk Street

+44(0)131 478 6518

Overall Score:  ★★★★☆

There’s a wee corner of Newington that is just heaven for curry loving vegans. Walk along Nicolson Street and you’ll hit the Mosque Kitchen, Kalpna and this South Indian delight – Tanjore. A lot of South Indian food is vegan by default, so you’ll find a lot of options at this small family run restaurant.

Vegan options available at Tanjore

While the vegan food at Tanjore is well renowned within Edinburgh’s vegan community, the choices are not clearly marked on their menu – so just ask your server if you aren’t sure.

For starters we know that the courgette, onion and potato bhajis are safe for vegans, and the Karaikudi, Kurma and chana masala curries are a good option for your main course. Some of their South Indian specialities, such as the the idli, dosai and uthappam, are also vegan – so there’s plenty to choose from!

Potato Bhaji at Tanjore Edinburgh
Potato Bhaji with coconut chutney


Statue at Tanjore Edinburgh


Onion Bhaji at Tanjore Edinburgh
Onion bhaji… which looks very much like potato bhaji (until you bite into them, that is!)


Onion bhaji at Tanjore Edinburgh
They are very tasty, though


Poori at Tanjore Edinburgh
A perfectly puffed-up poori


Chana Masala at Tanjore Edinburgh
Chana Masala


Vegetable Kurma at Tanjore Edinburgh
Vegetable Kurma – creamy and delicious

Last time Mr B and I went to Tanjore, we had a fantastic meal. We managed to get in without booking a table – how we managed that  I’ll never know. The restaurant is a bit on the small side and its fantastic reputation means that it’s often fully booked.

We love the bhajis, so we ordered one serving each of the potato and onion bhaji and split them between them. Mr B is a big chickpea fan so he loved the chana masala, while I enjoyed the vegetable kurma. Made from rich coconut milk, it was the creamiest and most delicious curry I have had in a long time!

The prices aren’t too bad and there is BYOB too, so Tanjore is a great option if you are on a budget. There are quite a few great vegan Indian places in Edinburgh, and Tanjore is yet another jewel in this impressive crown. Highly recommended!

Choice: ★★★★☆
Menu info: ★★☆☆☆
Deliciousness: ★★★★★
Value for money: ★★★★★

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