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Southside & Holyrood
0.5 miles from Edinburgh Old Town
About
Wee Family run Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant.Mum and Dad cooking with the kids at the front of house.Bring your own bottle (no corkage charge, wine and beer only)Food cooked and served with alot of love and affection.Try our mums homestyle cooking chicken and lamb on the bone (what we have for dinner at home !) Dont forget the chocolate nan bread and other dishe's only available at our place my friends ! ! ! :)Open every day 4.30pm to 11.30pm
PRICE RANGE
£13 - £19
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Indian, Asian, Healthy, Bangladeshi
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, BYOB
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Where do i start? We chose to eat here after the rave reviews and how much they are a family run business so we thought we (young family) would enjoy it but i was far from right!. We made a booking through the phone gentleman...was very polite. Once we attended thats when the nightmare started so as my wife pushed the pram in she couldnt open the door as it was abit heavy yet the staff didnt help at all just stared… so anyway we walk in its empty restaurant yet as we had 2 young children with us we were seated in the far corner out the way as if we was a burden but okay… we were shown our table but wernt even given menus to look at , so as we sat down our child had decided to throw a tantrum as we were trying to calm him down the waiter kept coming up asking if we were ready to order even though he still hasnt given us any menus etc and he could see we was abit occupied with our child and we had asked him to give us some time so we could calm him down first then the waiter started talking about he had other tables to come etc even tho it was empty and to be honest at that time i would of walked out because of the rude service but my wife didnt want to give them the satisfaction!! Anyway so we ordered and the starters pakoras and somosas just wow!! Probs been in the freezer for a week you could see everything was just deep fried and tossed on the plate meat inside was mush tasted more like mashed potato than meat so we move on to mains and il be honest curry we ordered was dad desi khani was decent and fried rice wasnt bad but then we ordered a keema nan now the nan…. Same again overdone burnt and keema is mush… was probs better off ordering a plain nan to be honest… and for drinks we wanted to order a jug of coke but apparantly the only sell cans of coke at £3.50 each wouldnt exactly say value for money…through out the night no one even bothered to come to our table to ask how the food was.. or even if we needed anything So anyway we was done and thought okay lets just pay and go as surely it cant get any worse so bill comes and i asked to pay by card again the same waiter comes with the machine as he passed it to pay it said on the machine the transaction timed out which i tried to explain to the gentleman but he bluntly took the card out of my hard and nearly smashed his own machine trying to put it in out of frustration.. so after all paid not even a thank you but walks away honestly one of the worst experience iv had in a Indian restaurant. Kismot your website looks great you guys looked like a friendly restraunt.. but you honestly need to sort it as i doubt anyone would go back after that experience..More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Kismot Family, Owner at Kismot, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello there, Thank you for taking time to leave a review - we are so sorry you did not enjoy your experience. However, we pride ourselves on mum and dad's fresh and authentic cooking - we make everything fresh with only one agenda: to ensure...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent Jalfrezi and Butter Chicken dishes. And good sized portions.The service was friendly and helpful, definitely recommend it

Date of visit: February 2024
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Kismot Family, Owner at Kismot, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Really glad you enjoyed your meal, thanks for taking the time to review! Love from the family @ Kismot

Reviewed 23 January 2024

We chose this place on a quiet night because we were staying around the corner. It was a good choice. Family run and the food was enjoyable - in fact, good value too given we struggled to get through it all. If you like really...hot dishes (which is not us), that seems to be an area of speciality for these guys.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Kismot Family, Owner at Kismot, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello there, thanks for your review, we always love to read such kind comments and are so appreciative. Love from the family @ Kismot

Reviewed 18 November 2023

Early evening dinner with my wife. Wonderful food, truly delicious excellent service. Highly recommend going here , reasonable prices and good quality food , Chicken Chasni and Dads Deshi Lamb were our mains both delicious .

Date of visit: November 2023
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Kismot Family, Owner at Kismot, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hey there, Thanks so much for your review, we are so happy you enjoyed your meal and experience. Hope to see you again soon :) Love from the family @ Kismot

Reviewed 17 November 2023

This place accepted a last minute booking for 50 of us and we are SO glad they did. All of the food was amazing and the service was absolutely second to none. The whole family were welcoming, funny and kind. Highly recommend you go to...this place if you’re visiting Edinburgh! Big love, Elly + WarwickSnow :))More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Kismot Family, Owner at Kismot, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hey! You are a star for leaving such a nice review. Mum and dad work tirelessly to create the authentic dishes and we try our best to be as welcoming as possible as if you were a guest in our home. Hope to see you...More

Reviewed 11 November 2023 via mobile

Best Curry I have ever had. Great for a fun time with the mates for some cuzza and a chit chat. Pure vibes. Parents pretty lit too.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Kismot Family, Owner at Kismot, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello there, Amazing review, we are so glad you loved dining with us! See you again soon! Mum and dad say hey!! Love from the family @ Kismot

Reviewed 11 November 2023

The most amazing place - so accommodating and welcoming thank you for the best night!! Warwick Snow xoxo

Date of visit: November 2023
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Kismot Family, Owner at Kismot, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello there, Thanks so much for leaving a lovely reviews, the family here have all had a smile on their face whilst reading. Love from the family @ Kismot

Reviewed 2 November 2023

I'd heard a lot about the Kismot Indian restaurant in Edinburgh thru its legendary - 'Kismot Killer' curry, which I later learned from the chef that only 5 people have actually survived eating the entire curry! Should you be tempted to try the Kismot and...clear the entire curry, the meal is on the house. I wasn't going to risk the Kismot Killer, but I am a big fan of Naga curries, so ordered a Chicken Naga and Pilau Rice. There was a bit of a wait for my curry, but in my book that's always a good sign, as you know your meal is being freshly prepared. When the Naga curry arrived, chef told me that he had barbecued the chicken breast pieces to give it extra flavour in the spicy Naga sauce. The Naga was one of the most severe I'd consumed heat wise, yet the taste was amazing, despite the heat and the flavours really did come through. A large jug of water was brought to my table, and this really helped cool me down. I must add that The Kismot is a BYOB establishment due to the staffs religious beliefs, and the owners told me straight away on my arrival, so I nipped out to get my own beer. Kismot is a lovely family run restaurant, the portions were huge and as for the food, some of the best Indian I've had. Will definitely be returning.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Kismot Family, Owner at Kismot, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello! Thanks a lot for dining with us, we are happy to hear you enjoyed your experience. Perhaps next time you may be brave enough to attempt the killer!! lol. Love from the family @ Kismot

Reviewed 9 October 2023

Amazing service. was so quick for food. The staff were funny and friendly. Food was amazing and so accommodating if my nut allergy.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Kismot Family, Owner at Kismot, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hey! We are so appreciative of the lovely review, thanks for dining with us and please visit again soon :) Love from the family @ Kismot

Reviewed 9 October 2023

Came for a society event with university and food and service was excellent as usual. Catered to all allergies and dietary preferences. Would recommend to all!

Date of visit: October 2023
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Hello there, thank you so much for the kind words, we are so happy you enjoyed your experience with us and we hope to see you again soon! Love from the family @ Kismot

Reviewed 2 October 2023 via mobile

What a great restaurant! Nothing better than to see a family restaurant with so much passion to deliver excellent food and a pleasant experience! We have travelled to India many times and have high standards for Indian cuisine! Kismot delivers delicious food and a broad...selection! We were talking about the food for the rest of the evening once we headed home! The personal service was wonderful, we really felt comfortable and welcome! Kismot is BYOB. They really make sure you know it in advance so you can take advantage of bringing exactly what you want to accompany your meal! What a great way to provide customer service while respecting the beliefs of the owners - very well done! We certainly recommend Kismot to anyone who is looking for the best in Indian food, authentic tastes and wide variety!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Kismot Family, Owner at Kismot, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello! Thank you so much for the kind review, it really has made us smile. We have mum and dad working tirelessly every day in the kitchen to prepare fresh and authentic cuisine like they would at home so we are so glad you noticed...More

Reviewed 25 September 2023

The best curry house in the city - delicious, with variety, personality, and some of the most unique cuisine I have tried. (If you love lime pickle, try the Achar: it's like lime pickle in the form of a spicy curry)! The staff are all...family, and give you the warm, friendly service that only a family that love what they do can. Please don't think of Kismot as just the killer curry house - it's not somewhere to go for a challenge, but anytime you want a great meal; it's wonderful in its own right. While competitive or performative eating isn't for me, there's definitely atmosphere and a spectacle when someone orders it!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Kismot Family, Owner at Kismot, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2023

Hello there Your review has made everyone in the family smile, thanks so much! We are family run with mum & dad in the kitchen working tirelessly day after day so it's great when the family vibe is also felt by the customers because that...More

Reviewed 5 September 2023

Always a good spot, have visited several times when at the Fringe. BYOB increases the value. Lots of choice and some unusual options which have been mentioned before. Good service. Have been a few times in the evening during the week and never seems busy.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Kismot Family, Owner at Kismot, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2023

Hello! Thank you!!! We are so appreciative of your kind words and we really hope to have you back soon! Love from the family @ Kismot x

Reviewed 27 August 2023

Great Food, Great Service , Great Value. Visited on a busy Saturday Night while the festival was on. There were 14 of us and the food which was excellent arrived promptly and was served by very courteous and polite staff. The restaurant does not sell...alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own and the restaurant provides corkage, glasses bottle openers etc. This is a great family run restaurant, we were served by the daughter of the family and both mum and dad came out from the kitchen to thank us as we were leaving. Would highly reccomend.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Kismot Family, Owner at Kismot, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2023

Hello there Many thanks for your wonderful review, we really appreciate it! Thank you for noticing we are family run as we have mum & dad working tirelessly in the kitchen every day! Love from the family @ Kismot

Reviewed 26 August 2023

It was great! Lucy and Layla were lovely! It's a really nice place - friendly vibes, delicious food, and quick and engaging service.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Kismot Family, Owner at Kismot, responded to this reviewResponded 27 September 2023

Hello there Great review, thank you very much. We always appreciate positive and kind words greatly. See you again soon! Love from, The Family at Kismot x

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