- Telephone 0131 668 1818
- Food served Tue–Fri noon–2pm, 5–11pm; Sat/Sun 5pm–midnight. Closed Mon.
- Average price £9.40 (lunch); £12.50 (evening meal)
- Website www.kwokbrasserie.co.uk
Cosy neighbourhood Chinese with a bubbly personality and an item or two of interest on an otherwise familiar menu.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
With its gold cornicing and incarnadine walls, this little Causewayside local gives a lavish first impression. Once past the high-falutin décor, there’s little to differentiate the menu from the rest of the pack, though changing specials may offer some interest to the intrepid; dishes like the beef belly hotpot or the fiercely garlicky steamed langoustines aren’t your average fare. Being of Hong Kong provenance, the Kwok family (headed by the ebullient Rebecca) are proud of their dim sum. Of these, unusual beef dumplings come as little spheres of meat, which, when dipped in their accompanying sauce, are more than a little redolent of Lorne sausage with HP sauce. For the more traditional diner, a surefire menu of classics is available, with particular attention paid to spicy-sweet Szechuan dishes. This is a real neighbourhood joint when it comes down to it, loved by its regulars, but perhaps not worth a traipse across town.
- High point: The cosiness and personality of the place
- Low point: The chewy prawn toasts
- Notable dish: Beef belly hotpot
- Delivery: £1.30 for orders below £18
- Provides: Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Mike Flowers Pops
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 40
- Open since: 2001
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £13 per bottle
- BYOB: £3 corkage