Lothian is the home of Edinburgh, Scotland's capital, and the second most visited city in the United Kingdom. Over the past 10 years or so, there has been a rise in the number of halal restaurants, cafes and butchers in the Edinburgh metropolitan area, which coincides with a rise in the number of Muslims (predominantly Indian/Pakistanis and North Africans) coming to live here. Unfortunately there are still not enough halal eateries to meet demand. Glasgow, which is about 35 miles away along the M8, has a much more varied choice of halal restaurants due to the presence of a much larger Muslim community there. Still, there are options worth considering. The majority of halal restaurants in Edinburgh are of Indian/Pakistani origin and include Bangalore Tandoori Restaurant
, Kebab Mahal
and Iman's Restaurant
, along with Mya Restaurant
(Thai) and Elfalafel
(Middle Eastern). Given the tourism advantage, Edinburgh's offerings could increase, giving its Glaswegian neighbours a run for their money.