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In the past, it was hard to find an authentic Chinese restaurant in Edinburgh: many restaurants served westernised versions of Cantonese dishes to suit differing tastes. Now, though, the city is home to Oriental restaurants that showcase the very best in Chinese regional food in all different settings, from informal cafe-style dining to sumptuous fine dining restaurants. Whether you prefer to stick with the traditional favourites or like to try something new, there’s a Chinese restaurant in Edinburgh that’ll suit your tastes - and these are our favourites.
If you’re desperate for dumplings, Chop Chop on Morrison Street should be at the top of your list. It’s a simply designed place where the focus is on the food: in fact, it’s been named Scotland’s best Chinese restaurant in the past. You’ll find 15 different types of jiao zi (boiled dumplings) to choose from, and ten different guo tie (fried dumplings): try the pork and coriander, you won’t be disappointed! There are plenty of other dishes to choose from too, with one of our favourites being the marinated pork belly which is beautifully juicy and tender.
Chop Chop, 248 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8DT
At the smarter end of Edinburgh’s Chinese restaurant spectrum is Karen’s Unicorn: an elegant restaurant just behind Queen Street in the New Town. It’s an intimate restaurant that’s ideal for a date night, with a Cantonese menu that includes both traditional dishes and more unusual flavour combinations. We can’t get enough of the sweet and spicy Kung Po Chicken - and the menu features an entire page of vegetarian fare too. Try the banquet menus for large groups, and don’t forget to book - it’s a popular place.
Karen’s Unicorn, 8B Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6LB
Rendezvous dates right back to 1956, and it’s still just as popular today. Inside it’s decorated in a style that blends the contemporary with the traditional: think cosy modern leather seats alongside ornate wooden screens and paper lanterns suspended from the ceiling. Here, it’s all about Cantonese and Peking dishes: try the tangy lemon chicken, the meaty pork dumplings and the truly delicious hot and sour soup.
Rendezvous, 10a Queensferry Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4PG
Corstorphine’s Cool Jade, just over the road from Edinburgh Zoo, is a beautifully decorated place where you’re guaranteed a warm welcome. Their traditional Cantonese dishes are served to tables draped in white tablecloths, giving the place a smart but relaxed feel. The service here is outstanding and the food is top notch: the juicy salt and chilli king prawns and beautifully spiced chicken gumbo are among our favourites. The private dining room is a hidden gem too.
Cool Jade, 3-4 Downie Terrace, Corstorphine Road, Corstorphine, Edinburgh, EH12 7AU
Inside, dim sum bar Stack has a very understated feel, but plenty of atmosphere thanks to the swathes of diners enjoying authentic dim sum. Stack only seats around 35 people in total and gets very busy thanks to its delicious dumplings and more, with unbelievably affordable prices. We can’t get enough of the crispy flash-fried squid cakes, as well as the sweet and fluffy char sui buns. If you want something a little different, try the traditional steamed pork tongue, cooked in a tasty blend of Chinese spices.
Stack Dim Sum Bar, 42 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, EH6 8RG
China Town’s been in the West End since 2008...but actually first opened its doors in Newington back in 1985. It’s a beautiful place: the well-stocked bar on your left when you walk in, the luxuriously decorated dining room on your right. Here, it’s all about great Cantonese food in a friendly atmosphere, with staff who go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. The spiced and salted chicken wings are incredibly moreish, while the flavour-packed stuffed green pepper with mashed prawn and pork in black bean sauce is a must-try dish that you won’t find in many other Edinburgh restaurants.
China Town Restaurant, 3 Atholl Place, Edinburgh, EH3 8EP
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