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 fantastic finds to be had which give you a beautiful sample of this wholesome and satisfying cuisine. Here are a couple of firm favourites:
wagamama is a celebration of asian food, inspired by Japanese ramen bars.
Featuring 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, you'll find plates of satisfying goodness here.
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. Their extensive menu includes vegetarian, vegan and non-gluten offerings as well as a kids menu for little noodlers.
Unit 5, St Andrews Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD
1 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2DP
Fort Kinnaird, 78 Kinnaird Park, Edinburgh, EH15 3RD
A contemporary Japanese restaurant, Yes Sushi serves healthy, freshly prepared dishes available as à la carte or as a tasting menu.
Delights such as seared tuna, chicken dumplings, vegetable tempura and grilled beef skewers are the perfect accompaniments for your bento box.
89 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1EE
Most commonly known for its array of delicious flavoursome, authentic sushi, YO! Sushi also serve a mouth-watering range of hot street food, from chicken gyozas to innovative fusion dishes - all packed with rich, aromatic flavours.
Located on Edinburgh's iconic Princes Street, pull up a chair at at their conveyor belt and enjoy freshly prepared dishes or settle into a booth by the window and enjoy stunning views across the city.
First Floor, 78 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2ER
Chinese and Cantonese 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.
"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 Cantonese food is well known amongst locals.
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
Chinese Manor House
Ideally suited for the airport, Edinburgh Zoo and Murrayfield Stadium, Chinese Manor House has become a firm favourite with both locals and visitors looking for top quality Chinese cuisine.
With a wide menu, they also offer a variety of gluten free and vegan dishes, so no one in the family need miss out.
2 Glasgow Road, Edinburgh, EH12 8HL
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 panoramic views across the city, 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 Street, Edinburgh EH2 3DN
Ting Thai Caravan
This no-frills place is all about the food - good portions, reasonably priced and served quick from their open kitchen. Ting Thai Caravan's 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!
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
55- 57 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2DJ
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
With eight restaurants across the UK, Dishoom chose Edinburgh as their only Scottish location.
Serving a lovingly curated menu of Bombay comfort food and award-winning drinks in a beautiful restaurant, everything Dishoom does shares its love for Bombay’s culture, heritage and people.
3a St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD