Indian and Nepalese
13-14 Dalziel Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5TP
Gautam’s is a family-run restaurant set on the edge of Leith, just a short drive from Edinburgh’s city centre. Gautam’s specialises in authentic Nepalese and Indian cuisine; in fact, both of the eatery’s founders began their cooking career with small restaurants in Kathmandu, Nepal. A firm favourite with locals and a well-reviewed destination amongst visitors, Gautam’s is particularly popular for group meals with friends and colleagues, although the relaxed ambience means it’s also the perfect choice for a laid-back date night. Alternatively, if you fancy a night in, Gautam’s also offers a first-class takeaway service. Inside the restaurant, the decor is sleek and elegant, with soft lighting providing a sense of warmth. Behind the bar, the huge selection of spirits encompasses everything from Scottish whisky to luxurious flavoured gin. For those who prefer a pint, there’s a range of beer and ale, and wine-lovers will be delighted by Gautam’s great assortment of red, white and rosé varietals. The food selection is impressively varied too, so whether you’re a spice-lover or prefer a mild creamy korma, the menu here has something for everyone. Begin your meal with an appetising starter: try a classic vegetable samosa, authentic Nepalese chicken momo, or trio of succulent lamb chops marinated in ginger and garlic. If you fancy trying a few different dishes, you could even choose the chef’s mixed starter: this tempting sharer comprises mixed pakora, chicken tikka, seekh kebab and juicy king prawns. Once you’ve whet your appetite, move on to the mains. These hearty, tasty plates range from vegetarian dishes like Bombay aloo and popular saag paneer, to rich chicken bhuna and spicy lamb madras. For those struggling to decide, the chefs have put together a list of house favourites, which includes a sumptuous Himalayan lamb hotpot. To accompany your main, order some freshly made naan bread, a soft chapati or a side of fluffy pilau rice. Be sure to keep an eye on Gautam’s website as the team will soon be opening for lunchtime service too.