Whether you're craving chow mein, chop suey or sweet and sour, Edinburgh has a great range of Chinese restaurants suiting every style and budget. Here are a few of our favourites:
"Come for the name, stay for the food" claims the website for Karen's Unicorn. There's no doubt that the unusual title pulls some curious punters through its doors, but its reputation for good Chinese food is also well known among locals and regulars.
The stylish decor gives this restaurant an intimate feel, and the friendly and knowledgeable staff are more than happy to guide you through the menu. They specialise in giving the traditional Cantonese dishes a bit of a hot and spicy kick, so keep an eye out on the menu for the likes of salt and chilli squid and crispy shredded chicken.
8b Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6LB (website)
0131 556 6333
[Image credit: Chop Chop Facebook]
Chop Chop near Haymarket Station prides itself in its authentic approach to Chinese cuisine, with the tagline "How can one billion people be wrong?". If you find the range of unfamiliar dishes overwhelming try their banquet option, which includes a wide selection of dishes delivered to your table to share.
Head chef Jian Wang travels back to China every year to seek out new mouthwatering food to add to her expansive menu, however arguably she is most well known for her dumplings, which the restaurant claims are some of the best in the country. For a real taste of Chinese-Scottish cuisine, make sure you try the haggis dumplings - a wonderful fusion of the two culinary cultures.
248 Morrison Street, Edinburgh EH3 8DT (website)
0131 221 1155
After over twenty years in Newington, this Edinburgh Chinese food institution moved to a bigger premises at the West End in 2008 and has flourished at its new location. This restaurant has a brilliant reputation with regulars and its easy to see why - their menu offers great value for money and their food is cooked fresh to order. This is a solid bet if you want to enjoy great Chinese food in Edinburgh.
3 Atholl Place, Edinburgh EH10 8EP (website)
0131 228 3333
This central Vietnamese restaurant serving Chinese dishes in the heart of Edinburgh enjoys a fantastic location, convenient for the nearby Waverley Train Station and Bus Station, but it's not just its address that pulls people here time and time again.
There is an all-day buffet which is advertised prominently outside, but if you really want a taste of what this fab foodie establishment has to offer, order from the a-la-carte or ask the friendly staff to make you something authentic that's not on their usual English menu. Particularly famous for their dim sum and tasty dumplings, expect this place to fill up quickly at weekends.
14 South St Andrew Street, Edinburgh EH2 2AZ (website)
0131 557 3737
From fine South East Asian cuisine to comforting street food, Edinburgh boasts a huge variety of Thai establishments that are bound to please. Here are a couple to look out for:
A stunning rooftop restaurant with views across the city and Edinburgh Castle, Chaophrya presents a perfect blend of authentic Thai cuisine bursting with sensational flavours. The chef’s signature starter selection featuring chicken satay, pork, prawn, grilled squid on bamboo skewers and Thai fish cakes served with a warm satay sauce is a firm favourite.
4th Floor, 33 Castle St, Edinburgh EH2 3DN (website)
0131 226 7614
Ting Thai Caravan
This no-frills place is all about the food - good portions, reasonably priced and served quick from their open kitchen. This open plan restaurant is all about communal dining, don't be surprised if you strike up a conversation to the diners sitting next to you, who can range from students (being a stone's throw from the University of Edinburgh) to young professionals.
The queues that you see coming out of Ting Thai Caravan at peak times and weekends are a true testament of the quality of food on offer. With hot comforting boxes and bowls of soups, rice and noodles, this is the perfect place to go for a satisfying and pocket-friendly lunch.
8-9 Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH1 2QZ
0131 226 7614
Located near Tollcross, this stylish Thai restaurant serves up some excellent food, ensuring the tables in its small premises are almost always full. If you're not confident with spicy food, the helpful staff are keen to guide you by scaling their dishes on a heat scale of 1-5.
There is a good selection on the drinks menu too, so if you feel like indulging then treat yourself to one of their tasty cocktails.
23-23a Brougham Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9JU (website)
0131 229 1537
The subcontinent is full of varying flavours and cuisines, which is reflected perfectly in Edinburgh's Indian restaurant scene. From tasty Indian tapas, to modern subcontinental dishes in a fine dining setting, or for all your faithful curry favourites, there really is an establishment for every taste in Scotland's capital.
The Mumbai Mansion Restaurant & Grill near Haymarket takes a contemporary approach to Indian cuisine, using subtle spicing to showcase great Scottish seasonal produce. They focus on locally sourced seafood and meat dishes cooked in a healthier style, using authentic Indian methods including the sizzling Tawa grill and Sigri cooking stove, alongside the traditional Tandoor oven. Dishes include Scallop and Mussels in Nilghiri, Grilled Lobster and Whole Leg of Scottish Lamb. It is open every day for lunch from 12noon to 2.00pm and for dinner from 5.00pm to 11pm.
250 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH3 8DT (website)
0131 229 7173
Mother India’s Café
This is a great venue for a light lunch or a get together with friends with the focus on sharing. Mother India’s Café offers a tapas twist encouraging diners to sample a variety of dishes and experience new tastes. A must to try are the fresh chilli fish cakes, crispy lentil pancake stuffed with spicy chicken and ovenbaked haddock served with Punjabi spices.
3-5 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT (website)
0131 524 9801
In 1947 Khushi's opened the first Indian restaurant in Edinburgh to cater for homesick Indian students. In almost 70 years of service Khushi's has remained a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere paired with amazing traditional homestyle food and a free corkage BYOB policy means that no trip to Edinburgh is complete without a visit to Khushi's.
10 Antigua Street, Edinburgh EH1 3NH (website)
0131 558 1947
For a taste of the Far East, look no further than Edinburgh brilliant Japanese and sushi restaurants. Dotted all around the city, there are some really fantastic finds to be had which give you a beautiful sample of this wholesome and satisfying cuisine. Here are a couple of firm favourites:
This contemporary Japanese restaurant serves healthy, freshly prepared dishes to Edinburgh residents and visitors from across the globe. Seared tuna, chicken dumplings, vegetable tempura and grilled beef skewers are the perfect accompaniments for your bento box.
89 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EE (website)
0131 220 1887
[Image credit: Kanpai]
Situated in Grindlay Street, perfect for the Usher Hall, Kanpai is a superb, traditional Japanese restaurant. Diners can chose to eat at their intimate sushi bar or at the open kitchen counter watching the deft moves of the expert chefs as they prepare gourmet delights. With sushi, sashimi, tempura, grilled and classic Japanese favourites to choose from, you will be spoiled for choice.
8-10 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AS (website)
0131 228 1602