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Around the World

With lots of fantastic restaurants in Edinburgh serving up international cuisine, you can eat your way around the world without venturing outside the city bypass. Read our guide to some of the top global restaurants in Scotland's capital.

Wagamama Vegan


wagamama is a celebration of asian food, inspired by japanese ramen bars and is a truly unique way to eat. A menu created to soothe, nourish and sustain, whether you choose a little ginger to warm you up, chillies that kick or noodles to nourish the body and soul. Pick from all kinds of rice and noodle dishes, alongside fresh salads and shareable sides – as well as feel good juices and expertly crafted asian beers. wagamama have an extensive vegetarian, vegan and non-gluten menu offering as well as a kids menu for little noodlers.

With four restaurants across Edinburgh, noodles are not far away!

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Branches at St Andrew Square, Lothian Road, Fort Kinnaird and Ocean Terminal 

0131 285 4787 (St Andrew Square); 0131 229 5506 (Lothian Road); 0131 202 4119 (Fort Kinnaird); 0131 553 7036 (Ocean Terminal)

Chinese Restaurants

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: 

Karen's Unicorn

"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 (Tel: 0131 556 6333)

Chop Chop 

Chop Chop Dumplings

[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 (Tel: 0131 221 1155)

Thai Restaurants

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: 


Chaophraya Beef And Grape Starter

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 (Tel: 0131 634 0023)

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 (Tel: 0131 226 7614)


Passorn Sign

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  (Tel: 0131 229 1537)

Indian Restaurants

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. 

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 (Tel: 0131 524 9801)



Dishoom has five cafés in London and one in Edinburgh. Like Bombay’s old Irani cafés, Dishoom breaks down barriers: in its restaurants, which employ and serve people from all walks of life, at its events, and through charity (donating a meal for every meal). Dishoom serves a lovingly curated menu of Bombay comfort food and award-winning drinks in beautiful restaurants with unique stories. Everything Dishoom does, shares its love for Bombay’s culture, heritage and people, and everyone is welcomed with warmth. Walk-ins always welcome. Visit to book.

3a St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD (Tel: 0131 2026 406)

Japanese Restaurants

For a taste of the Far East, look no further than Edinburgh's 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:

Yes Sushi

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 (Tel: 0131 220 1887)


Kanpai Sushi Cr Website

[Image credit: Kanpai]

Situated in Grindlay Street, perfect for the Usher Hall, Kanpai is a superb, traditional Japanese restaurant.  Diners can choose 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 (Tel: 0131 228 1602)


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