Spanning from Chinese delicacies down to top Thai tasters and Cantonese culture, when it comes to Asian food, the Scottish capital is full of options. Check out our recommendations of the five best Asian restaurants in Edinburgh!
In the mood for Thai? Say no more. Chaophraya is a contemporary Asian and fine dining restaurant serving classic Thai dishes alongside distinct signature plates and a fantastic range of cocktails. The food is great, but the venue is even better. Set on a rooftop, Chaophraya offers breathtaking views out towards Edinburgh Castle and the Firth of Forth with an all year round al fresco terrace. Whether it may be a family celebration, catch up with friends or a business event, Chaophraya is the place to head when looking for an Thai restaurant in Edinburgh. Book one of their private dining room for more intimacy, or learn the art of cocktail making with their interactive cocktail masterclass. We promise, Chaophraya won’t fail to please you!
Picture this; traditional family recipes that have been passed down for 3 generations, fused with innovative flair and modern cooking techniques. The result? Simply the finest Japanese cuisines in town. Harajuku Kitchen is by far one of Edinburgh’s best and most iconic restaurants. It’s been AA Rosette awarded and even won the Golden Chopstick Awards in 2019. These guys are usually packed so we highly recommend you book your table before heading along. “Arigatou Gozaimasu”!
Rendezvous Chinese restaurant
Travel all the way to Beijing at Rendezvous restaurant and get a taste of authentic Cantonese cuisine. Established in 1956, Rendezvous is the oldest remaining Chinese restaurant in town, and undoubtedly one of the best. Come here for Kung Po chicken, quick fried lamb with spring onion, roast duck with plum sauce, and other fiery tongue-tinglers. And if you’re struggling to choose your plate (Chinese restaurants menus are sometimes really long), eat from the buffet and try everything! Rendezvous is located on Queensferry Street and it’s open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. Chopsticks out, ready, set, go!
Ronaq is a fine dining restaurant specialising in truly amazing Indian cuisine. Their menus feature traditional homemade dishes, using spices and herbs from different regions of South Asia. You’ll find them on Comely Bank, on the edge of Stockbridge, in a contemporary and cool atmosphere, or in their new venue in New Waverly. To all the business men in the area, enjoy their 3-course set meal for only £7.95! Also, get 20% off Sunday to Thursday by signing in as a premium member. We loved it and you will too!
Mother India’s Cafe
Another Indian place, just because Indian food’s the best. After becoming one of Glasgow’s favourite institutions, the people behind Mother India decided to expand their little gem by opening a new restaurant in the capital, bringing happiness and yummy food to the people of Edinburgh. And we’re very thankful. Their menu mainly consists in Indian tapas, it’s a shared experience that encourages people to try both their favourite and something different. And, their menu is very vegetarian and vegan friendly. So whether you’re popping out for lunch or heading off for a night out at one of Edinburgh’s many attractions, Mother India is an affordable and tasty option.