Fast food

Serves meat, vegan options available. Little Indian street food bar offering Punjabi food. Has a selection of veggie pakora, which are vegan suitable, as well as a vegan soup, curries and dahl. 3 tables. Relocated from 253 Canongate, The Royal Mile. Open Mon-Wed 11:00-22:00, Thu 11:00-23:00, Fri 11:00-03:00, Sat 09:00-03:00, Sun 09:00-18:00.

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21 Reviews

First Review by craigmc


Points +133

07 Sep 2023

Good vegan options

Great tasty food with good vegan options



Points +217

03 Jun 2022

Good vegan options

The food was nice, but the portions seemed a bit small to me

Pros: Really helpful staff who double checked it's vegan

Cons: The menu did not have vegan options labelled


Points +45

25 Mar 2022

Such great food!

Super tasty and amazing vegan options and gf too!


Points +21

30 Sep 2021

Fantastic food and great service.

The location and atmosphere was really nice. The cauliflower and mushroom Pakora were delicious. Whilst in Scotland why not try the veg Haggis which was really lovely.

Pros: Great Service, Fantastic Food, Attentive service

Cons: Need more choice of rose wines, Not sure about the low level tables, Outdoor heating would be useful?


Points +20

07 Sep 2020

Good food at good value

The staff was fantastic and made sure to veganise the roti etc. As an indian the food was yummy and you get a lot for what you pay for

Pros: Selection of vegan options, Great price, Lovely staff

Cons: Small so may not get a seat , No dairy free drink options - opportunity missed


Points +301

03 Aug 2020

Very helpful.owner

We were not sure what was vegan, vegetarian dishes are clearly marked on the menu. The owner served us and was able to tell us that most of the vegetarian dishes were vegan.
The food was delicious. Really tasty with a perfect mix of spices.
We will be back very soon to try more of this good food.

Pros: Very knowledgeable owner


Points +90

19 Nov 2019


Not the friendliest staff, but the food was superb!


Points +161

05 Sep 2019

really good

we had a great meal here. super delicious, just the right level of spicy, and reasonably priced!


Points +21

14 Aug 2019

5star vegan haggis pakora

Popped in here to grab a bite to eat, definitely recommend vg haggis pakora wraps. Staff were really friendly and helpful, loads of options for vegans!

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Very affordable, Take away and eat in

Cons: Could get busy quickly, a few bench tables inside


Points +16

14 Aug 2019

The Pakora Bar Hanover Street

Inside is small and cosy and even though it can sometimes get busy the staff were really pleasant and attentive and come to you. I got a vegan veggie haggis Pakora wrap and honestly cannot recommend it enough, and for only £5 it's an absolute bargain for quick, delicious food.

Pros: Great variety of vegan options.

Cons: Can be hard to get a table if busy.


Points +31321

10 Aug 2019

Last visit

My last visit
Started at 4 star, then 3, now 2? A lack of attention and the value seems to have gone a little.
Had an okra special which said it was vegan,I asked, confirmed.
The curry came with two roti which were ghee of butter and the curry was really only.
I don't think I will be back.
Asked for a vegan platter and they has no idea what I wanted. Asked for vegan options and it was like pulling teeth.
Had some pakora and it was like Accrington bricks.
Had friends visiting for the festival and I was mortified at pot this was.
Hate to give such a bad rating but hate bad food.


Points +1360

04 Aug 2019

Ask for the vegan platter

It's not on the menu, but if you ask your server for the vegan selection they will be able to put together something for you. When I visited I had cauliflower, aubergine, mushroom, and of course veggie haggis! A great vegan friendly snack.


Points +145

05 Jan 2019

Really amazing freshly cooked pakora

Go for a mixed vege box and you’ll get diversely spiced moist delicious Indian goodness served with their magic secret sauce

Pros: Very high quality pakora!, Lots of flavour, Location

Cons: Pity it’s not all began!


Points +50

05 May 2018

Great pakora

The aubergine pakora is amazing, especially with mango sauce. They have a good selection of vegan options, including chips and curry as well as pakora.

Pros: Staff very knowledgeable and friendly, Open late, Value for money

Cons: Serves meat


Points +96

18 Apr 2018

The best pakora

I ended up here because the place I wanted to go was closed but I had the most delicious cauliflower pakora and mango sauce. The staff talked me through the vegan options and were really friendly too.

Pros: Amazing food , Imformative staff


Points +39

29 Mar 2018

Fantastic little place

Went here with an omni friend, pescatarian and myself (vegan). the staff were lovely and friendly. Very knowledgeable and helpful when it came to pointing out what was vegan. He also recommended some dishes I might not necessarily have tried before - and boy were they delicious! The pakora platter between 3 was exceptional - everything was so yummy. Also BYOB so was great for going for a cheap night out. Lovely atmosphere. Highly recommend. Would especially recommend the vegan haggis pakora and cauliflower pakora.

Pros: Amazing vegan food, BYOB, great atmosphere

Cons: bit small (4-5 tables)


Points +68

09 Oct 2017

awesome food and service!

Great vegetarian meals - slightly less vegan options though - but the portions were perfect, curry amazing (try the pakora curry!!)and great, friendly attentive service. Very reasonable price too!!

Pros: quick and friendly service, relaxed environment, delicious curries!

Cons: less available for vegans - still both curry and p


Points +112

31 Aug 2017

Vegan & Well tasty

Great little place this, good vegan options and nice tapas style of different eats. Keep coming across this 'vegan haggis' in Edinburgh and it was very nice here.
Great spicy flavoured food. Good value. Nice staff / owner ?

Pros: Options, Price, Flavour

Cons: Only 4 tables


Points +3886

17 Aug 2017

Delicious pakora, now comes in a wrap!

I needed somewhere quick for lunch on this side of Princes Street and pakora in a wrap was just what I needed. I opted for cauliflower pakora, and it comes with salad and sauce. They also have aubergine pakora, veggie haggis pakora, and I think another one or two. It was £5 for the wrap and the can of Rubicon lychee juice was £1.50. The food came quickly and I had plenty of time to sit in an eat before I had to head off.

I chatted for a bit with a member of staff who has come up with an idea of running a weekly vegan All-You-Can-Eat buffet night. Going by their menu this would be pakora, curries, and rice. I'd definitely be up for that! They're looking for feedback if you have thoughts on this.

Pros: Good range of vegan pakora, Quick food, Food tastes fresh


Points +76

27 Apr 2017

Great Indian food with Vegan options

The staff are great are well informed about the Vegan diet. The food is top notch and priced just right for a quality meal or quick snack. The pakoras are to die for and the Mushroom Pakora is just fantastic.

Pros: Good location, open late, Staff know about the food and different diets

Cons: No plant milk for the coffee when we visited


Points +1793

30 Dec 2016


This is a nice spot just off of one of the main streets. I had the curry pakora and even tried the veggie haggis. The nice man at the register pointed out to me what the vegan options were (as vegetarian options are noted on the menu but not the vegan ones). I was informed that the samosas weren't vegan, as there may be egg in the dough. The food was extremely tasty but very spicy. I like spicy foods (just not as spicy as this), but this was still very good in my book.

Pros: tasty food, veg*n knowledgeable, friendly staff

Cons: may need to request items to be 'less spicy&#3

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