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:
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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 three restaurants across Edinburgh, noodles are not far away!
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Unit 5, St Andrews Square, Edinburgh, EH2 2BD (Tel: 0131 285 4787)
1 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh, EH1 2DP (Tel: 0131 229 5506)
Fort Kinnaird, 78 Kinnaird Park, Edinburgh, EH15 3RD (Tel: 0131 202 4119)
A contemporary Japanese restaurant, Yes Sushi 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)
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're sure to be spoiled for choice.
8-10 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh EH3 9AS (Tel: 0131 228 1602)
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 (Tel: 0131 341 2062)
Whether you're craving chow mein, chop suey or sweet & 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 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)
Chinese Manor House
Ideally suited for the airport, Edinburgh Zoo and Murrayfield, Chinese Manor House has become a firm favourite with both locals and visitors since opening in 2002.
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 (Tel: 0131 334 9545)
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 (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. 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, 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)
55- 57 Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2DJ (Tel: 0131 466 7283)
Located near Tollcross, Passorn is a stylish Thai restaurant serving 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 why not treat yourself to one of their tasty cocktails.
23-23a Brougham Pl, Edinburgh EH3 9JU (Tel: 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.
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)
With eight restaurants across the UK, Dishoom chose Edinburgh as their only Scottish location. 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.
3a St Andrew Square, Edinburgh EH2 2BD (Tel: 0131 2026 406)
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