Kampong Ah Lee Malaysian Delight
- Telephone 0131 662 9050
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–3pm, 5–11pm; Fri–Sun noon–11pm.
- Average price £10.50 (lunch); £10.50 (evening meal)
- Website www.kampongahlee.co.uk
This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Kampong Ah Lee Malaysian Delight is a compact, canteen-style restaurant serving authentic Malaysian food in basic but comfortable surroundings. Its small shop front may be easy to miss, but it remains well known and popular with students seeking an affordable lunch and Edinburgh’s south-east Asian community for its high-quality, home-style cooking. The extensive, point-and-smile type of menu demonstrates the fusion nature of Malay cooking, containing multi-ethnic influences, such as Hacka, Hokkien and Hai Nan from China, Indian curries, tom yum from Thailand and Indonesian rendang, alongside Malay classics like nasi lemak and mee goreng. The dishes revolve around rice, noodles and soups with mixed meats, seafood, tofu and plenty of vegetarian options available. A mega-sized Malaysian curry laksa is a belly-busting, brow-sweating bargain at £6.30 and is super-popular with slurping diners. There are no desserts available, but that doesn’t feel like a problem given the satisfying nature of what else is on offer. With lower prices than its sister restaurant in Tollcross, this is the no-frills version of the Kampong / Kampung experience but it’s extremely satisfying all the same.
Takeaway is available from both branches of the Kampung mini-empire on Clerk Street and Fountainbridge, so if Malaysian floats your boat (and it should) it’s a great option for a cheap and tasty pick-up. Specialities include stir fries, noodly slurpy soups and spicy curries. Sambal chicken is particularly good as is roti cenai, a flaky flat bread with a spicy sauce which has practically attained cult status. It’s all pretty reliable stuff, although some dishes do seem to betray that cheaper cuts of meat have been used. With no delivery service, take-away means calling into the restaurant, where friendly staff will happily explain the ins and outs of what remains a relatively unfamiliar menu.
- High point: Tasty, affordable and authentic home-style Malay food
- Low point: No desserts on offer, so eat more Achar instead
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs
- Music on stereo: Malay / Chinese pop music
- Capacity: 32
- Largest group: 32
- Open since: 2007
- House wine: £11.50 per bottle
- BYOB: £3; beer £1.50 corkage
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