A Taste of the Far East: Top Asian Cuisine in Edinburgh

Simon Hill

By , Local Expert, Edinburgh
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Asian cuisine in Edinburgh has come a long way since the first Chinese restaurants opened their doors in the 1950s. Thankfully gone are the days of endlessly repeating set menus with bland versions of classic dishes, such as the ubiquitous sweet and sour chicken made with cheap ingredients and packet sauces. Now it is possible to sample the delights of a wide variety of Asian cultures in Scotland’s capital from delicately spiced Kurdish platters at Hanam's, to exquisitely crafted Japanese sushi dishes at Sushiya, and the richly spiced, hot and sweet Thai dishes of Dusit. Yet it is still the case that Chinese and Indian...  Read more »

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    Passorn has only been open a few short years, but has already been touted as Scotland's best Thai restaurant by some critics.

    Local Expert Tip: "Their Angel Curry featuring sirloin steak with their own recipe red curry sauce is rich, spicy and inviting."

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    Kweilin specializes in locally sourced seafood with some inventive dishes which have earned it quite a following.

    Local Expert Tip: "Kweilin should be at the top of the list for seafood lovers and their scallop dishes are simply divine."

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    Kismot is friendly and offers tasty Indian food at reasonable prices.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you intend to take the challenge of the Kismot Killer curry then make sure you order it in advance because the chillies have to be specially imported."

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    Karen's Unicorn

    Karen's Unicorn combines excellent service with a huge choice of dishes.

    Local Expert Tip: "It gets extremely busy at the weekend so book in advance and don't expect a quiet meal."

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    Suruchi offers a wonderful fusion of Scotland and India on a plate.

    Local Expert Tip: "Have the Murgh Tikka Pakora to start and follow it up with the Venison Maharaja and you won't be disappointed."

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    Imperial Palace Edinburgh Ltd

    Imperial Palace is all about authenticity and brings you a real taste of the Far East.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you demand authentic Chinese food then head here and you won't be disappointed."

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    Hanam's is the best place to experience inviting and delicately spiced Kurdish cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget to leave room for a pudding, their saffron and cardamom ice cream is a treat not to be missed."

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    Sushiya is by far the best sushi restaurant in Edinburgh.

    Local Expert Tip: "The black sesame ice cream is simply wonderful and is enough of a reason to visit on its own."

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    Kim's Mini Meals

    Kim's Mini Meals is one of only a very small number of Korean restaurants in Scotland, and very probably the best.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Dolsot Galbi (marinated pork ribs in a hot stone pot) it is wonderfully spicy and very moreish!"

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    Dusit has gained a great following for its balance of contemporary and traditional Thai cuisine.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out the Floating Market Menu with the chef's specialties including wonderful platters of starters to share."



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