Kwok Brasserie

Kwok Brasserie
44 Ratcliffe Terrace, Causewayside, Edinburgh, EH9 1ST
  • Telephone 0131 668 1818
  • Food served Tue–Fri noon–2pm, 5–11pm; Sat/Sun 5–10.30pm. Closed Mon.
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Cosy neighbourhood Chinese with some interesting options on an otherwise familiar menu.

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Other than the giant photograph of Chairman Mao looming over you from the staircase wall, there’s very little to identify Kwok Brasserie as a Chinese restaurant. It’s an attractive room – the high corniced ceiling, mood lighting and dark ruby-red walls all suggest that you’re in, well, a brasserie. Cutlery, not chopsticks. Salt & pepper alongside the soy. It’s all a trifle disorientating. Once you’re handed the menu, however, you know where you stand. Aside from a handful of specials, such as beef belly hotpot and steamed garlic langoustines, Kwok’s focus is on rustling up those old Chinese standards. Shredded chilli beef is honey-sweet if a touch soggy, while the house noodles ‘Canton style’ are piled high with assorted goodies such as char siu, prawns and crunchy vegetables. Salt and chilli squid is well-seasoned and nicely cooked, although beware the occasional overdone starter. Kwok may not justify a trek across town, but, after all, it prides itself on being a popular neighbourhood restaurant, as the endless stream of local punters eager for takeaway will attest.

  • High point: Comforting Chinese classics in mellow surroundings
  • Low point: Overdone starters disappoint
  • Notable dish: Salt and chilli squid
  • Average price: £19.90 for 2 (set lunch); £15 (dinner)
  • Delivery: £1.30 for orders below £18
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Easy listening
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2001
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 1
  • House wine: £11.50 per bottle
  • BYOB: £3 corkage