There’s a new Tuk Tuk in Edinburgh’s Old Town

TukTuk restaurant exterior
Tuk Tuk’s new Drummond St venue in Edinburgh’s Old Town (Pic:Alix McIntosh Photography)

INDIAN STREET food specialist Tuk Tuk has opened the doors to its second Edinburgh site, in the heart of the city’s Old Town.

The new restaurant, in Drummond St, will follow the template of the business’s two foundation Edinburgh and Glasgow venues, offering an authentic selection of small plates inspired by the flavours of Indian railway station and roadside dishes, within a lively and playful interior.

The new 90-cover restaurant ­– which features a 35-cover group dining space – is described as perfect for social dining of any size or occasion, with a particular focus on vegetarian and vegan dishes across the menu.

Owner Rizvi Khaleque said: “I’m so proud to be opening a third Tuk Tuk. The last few years have been a rollercoaster in the hospitality industry, so this feels like a particularly special achievement. We’re excited to open our doors for customers to enjoy our authentic menu filled with flavour and spice and soak up the lively atmosphere.”

a selection of TukTuk Indian food on a table


Working closely with Edinburgh design agency S+Co, the Drummond St space has been configured to create a sociable dining room full of personality with the brand’s bright and bold oranges and greens.

Recycled materials are at the heart of the restaurant; off-cut British timber waste has been used to create the tabletops and the statement bar has been designed using Kenoteq’s K-Briq made up of over 90% recycled construction and demolition waste and recycled pigments.

The signature Tuk Tuk orange is a focus on the biggest of three hand-painted murals across the walls. Bollywood film stars are cut out across the venue, with a neon sign designed by Solas Neon in the window to welcome diners.

The BYOB all-day dining experience will offer lunchtime Tiffin lunch boxes for those on the go between 12pm-4pm and a sociable sharing-style menu will be available in the evening menu from 12pm-10pm.

Tuk Tuk has committed to adding a discretionary fee of 50p per table to all bills which goes directly to their partner charity, Scottish Love in Action. SLA is a charity that provides meals to vulnerable children in India and so far, the Tuk Tuk restaurants have collectively raised over £26,000, which equates to 119,845 meals.