Himalaya Cafe

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 4 reviews )

20 S Clerk St, Edinburgh, Scotland

Serves meat, vegan options available. Cafe which is part of the Himalayan Centre, in Edinburgh's Southside. Has soya milk for coffee and tea. Serves thali lunch, a vegetable curry of the day, as well as options like wraps, soup, pancakes. Shop downstairs sells things to raise money for Green Tara, a Tibetan charity helping disadvantaged people in the Himalayas. Open Mon-Sun 10:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: Indian, Western, Non-veg

4 Reviews

First Review by christopherjboyce

Best Chai in Edinburgh - Edit

A fabulous little family run restaurant where good food and compassion for all go hand in hand. Although not a vegetarian/ vegan restaurant, there is an excellent selection of both on the menu. Warm and cosy, welcoming and caring. Lovely!

Pros: lots of vegan options, lots of vegetarian options, child friendly

Cons: parking may be an in issue during the day.

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Cozy and warm - Edit

It seems as though many of the negative reviews beforehand were because of the shock from the restaurant's transition from being veg to now omni. I understand the disappointment- however, The Himalaya Cafe is incredibly warm, hospitable and a family-oriented environment I love going to. The masala chai can be made vegan, much of the food menu is vegan, and I keep pestering about cakes, so hopefully a vegan cake option will also be available soon! Perhaps if we keep requesting more vegan options, they will be inclined to nick the meat off the menu.

Overall, lovely vibes, especially on a cold Edinburgh day!

Pros: Atmosphere , Chai, Curries

Cons: Meat options , Wool products sold

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Disappointing change - Edit

I used to come here now and again when they were 100% vegetarian but I won't be bothering any more. They don't even label vegan on the menu and any vegan options which you ask about seem more like an accident or afterthought than intended. I'm not convinced that this venue deserves a listing on HappyCow any more. Such a shame.

Cons: No longer vegetarian, Don't label vegan, Seem uninterested in vegan options

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This place used to be vegetarian, then it started serving meat - Edit

I used to eat here quite a lot as it was vegetarian and the food was pretty good. Then for some reason they started serving meat. I felt betrayed as I thought the place had principles around food that I shared. I inquired as to why the addition of meat and they told me that was what customers wanted. I didn't want meat on the menu and still don't. It's not like I don't eat at meat based restaurants when I have to but I had always thought the place was something different than it turned out to be - plenty of other places. It used to be a nice little vegetarian cafe. Sad.

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