Glasgow restaurant to open venue in Edinburgh

A popular Glasgow restaurant is set to open its first Edinburgh venue this summer.

Launching on Lothian Road on 12 June, Chaakoo Bombay Café will serve a menu of tapas-style small plates, offering a fusion of flavours inspired by Mumbai and Iranian cuisine. 

Chaakoo’s launch follows a £400k investment and will create over 50 new jobs in the city. It adds to Lothian Road’s up-and-coming food and drink scene, which has become a bustling hotspot in recent years. 

Iain Gallie, the brand's operations manager, says: "We are excited to bring the Chaakoo experience to Edinburgh. Authenticity is always at the heart of what we do. From the buzz of our cafés to the flavour of our dishes, they’re as close as possible to the original Bombay Cafés that Chaakoo is inspired by.

"We’re excited to be bringing another restaurant to the scene on Lothian Road. Our sister venue, Topolabamba, was one of the first to kickstart the buzzing foodie scene here. The area has become a hotspot of brilliant bars and restaurants, and Chaakoo will bring another great choice to the table."

The first Chaakoo was opened on Glasgow’s St Vincent Street in 2016. After a successful three years, its second premises launched in Glasgow’s west end in 2019.

Head chef Rohit Benjwal comments: "We take pride in the fact everything is freshly made, and it’s as close to authentic as you’ll get. It’s a unique experience.

"Every curry is freshly made in batches from scratch – it’s as close to authentic as you’re going to get. Our chef Mani has worked all over the world and he draws flavour inspiration from his travels that customers experience in our dishes."

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