Cosy neighbourhood Chinese with some interesting options on an otherwise familiar menu.
Kwok may be tucked away deep on the Southside but it draws a loyal band of regulars from across the Lothians. That is in part down to the extremely warm welcome from owner Rebecca Kwok, who treats customers like old friends. It’s also down to a strong menu which adds some delicious specials to the usual roll call of British-Chinese restaurant standards. Stand-out dishes include aubergine hot pot topped with chicken in a rich and spicy sauce, and the sizzling special version which comes with beef, chicken and king prawn. Seafood features prominently, with starters including crispy stuffed crab claws and mussels in black bean sauce, while steamed sea bass with ginger and spring onions or garlic langoustines feature among the specials. There are plenty of vegetarian options too, along with a decent wine list. Kwok might cater to western tastes – spices are a little subdued and there’s the usual corner of the menu reserved for European dishes – but it’s the kind of place that leaves you with a warm glow as you head off into the night.
- Delivery: £1.50 for orders below £20, 5.30–10pm
- Provides: Halal options, Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Easy listening
- Capacity: 40
- Largest group: 22
- Open since: 2001
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £13.70 per bottle
- BYOB: £3.50 corkage