19–21 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6QG
  • Telephone 0131 557 1875
  • Food served Tue–Thu noon–2pm, 5–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–2pm, 5.30–11.30pm. Closed Mon.
  • Average price £10.95/£15 (set lunch); £15 (evening meal)
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2014 edition.

A collection of Georgian rooms on Dundas Street house an Edinburgh institution in Kweilin. Under new management the previous red and lantern-lit interior has been replaced with an elegant European décor including chair covers and stark whites alongside hints of gold and red. The menu is still unashamedly Cantonese with sweet and sour and noodle dishes forming the base of the cooking. Lunchtime specials are reasonable value and provide classics like a spicy and sweet chilli chicken alongside more westernised tit bits like prawn toast. The evenings offer a broader menu with clay pot cooking, good vegetarian options as well as daily specials. There are interesting forays into Szechuan flavours in a few dishes but in general the menu is very recognisable and safe for novice palates (it even includes a dessert section of the usual banana fritters and ice-cream sundaes). Kweilin continues to provide good cooking and classic flavours. [Not recently visited.]

  • High point: Classic Cantonese cooking
  • Low point: Few desserts worth the calories
  • Notable dish: Chilli Chicken
  • Private dining: Up to 22 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs
  • Capacity: 90
  • Largest group: 90
  • Open since: 1984
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
  • House wine: £15.90 per bottle

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7. David Cruz5 Jan 2014, 1:36am Report

Extremely disappointing experience in an otherwise incredible city with an abundance of extraordinary dining choices.
Inordinately long wait for service, wait staff disorganized and inattentive until we twice requested assistance.
Food arrived finally and was served tepid. Even steamed rice was not hot and servings were lumps on our plates.
I found the food bland even for Cantonese and the flavor profiles flat.
The result was a huge let down on our last evening in Edinburgh.
I definitely would not recommend this restaurant to others.

6. Frost7 Nov 2013, 3:25pm1 star Kweilin Report

Terrible restaurant, boiling lobsters alive! Unjustifiable ... I will not be returning!

5. Jenae Boyce6 Nov 2013, 9:56pm1 star Kweilin Report

Disgusting! The restaurant boils lobsters alive which is incredibly cruel. Lobsters can’t go into a state of shock so they feel the horrific pain of being boiled alive. I will not be visiting this restaurant as long as it continues this barbaric practise.

4. DSQ17 Feb 2013, 2:00pm4 stars Kweilin Report

A very nice Cantonese Restaurant that is a cut above your usual Chinese restaurant.

Would I recommend it to visitors from China? No, but it is one of my favourite places to have lunch in the city and I would recommend it to any tourist or resident that isn't to fussy about their Chinese food being a bit Anglicised (or whatever the Scottish equivalent is!).

3. Blair14 Apr 2011, 10:34pm4 stars Kweilin Report

Very much a seafood restuarant which is great, because there are plenty of other resturants offering the normal Chinese menus. It is expensive compared to those normal Chinese restaurants, but Kweilin isn't a normal Chinese restaurant. Don't go here if you want the the typical dishes, but do go here if you like to try something more genuine.

2. vistitor27 Jul 2008, 1:36am Report

I went to the Kweilin restaurant for dinner last week on recommendation. The food was excellent, especially their choice of seafood dishes. I would definitely recommend the steamed sea bass with ginger and spring onion and the eight treasures duck. The service was also very friendly and welcoming. A restaurant I would definitely visit again.

1. visitor3 Mar 2008, 12:20pm1 star Kweilin Report

This place was *terribly* disappointing. We are from the US and have been living here for a year. Yes, we are foodies, but are somewhat open-minded. Many fantastic places like Dusit, Kalpna, etc. We went to this place on the recommendation of the List and frankly the food was tasteless and over-priced. In particular, the orange chicken was a flavorless goopy mess. The other dish was a standard stir-fry chicken (something like kung pao, but I forget its name) and it was very average. Avoid.

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Average rating 2/5 from 5 reviews of Kweilin.

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