Kampong Ah Lee Malaysian Delight
- Telephone 0131 662 9050
- Seasonal times Open 7 days during the Edinburgh Festival
- Food served Mon & Wed–Sat noon–3pm, 5–10.30pm; Sun 1–10.30pm. Closed Tue.
Cosy spot which offers a taste of home to Edinburgh’s Malaysian community and locals
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.
Coming from a family boasting four generations of chefs, Peter Lee arrived in Edinburgh with a plan to bring the taste of his native Malaysia to the city. Since opening in 2007, this snug Newington restaurant has been a popular draw, serving up a delicious menu combining Chinese, Malay and Indian flavours. It’s a successful formula, attracting locals and students as well as a loyal following among the Chinese, Singaporean and Malaysian communities of Edinburgh. Ribs, wings and spring rolls all feature among the starters but the showstopper is crispy roti pancakes with curry sauce. Mains are split into rice, noodles, big bowls and seafood. The laksa's spicy coconut curry broth is swimming with seafood; beef rendang is a sticky, fiery delight; and chao koay teow is a lush pile of meaty stir-fried noodles. There's a short beer and wine list, and some interesting Malaysian drinks, while service is fast and friendly. This is the kind of place that draws you back for repeat visits to work your way through the menu. Carry on Kampong.
- Provides: Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: A bit of everything
- Capacity: 30
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £12.80 per bottle
- BYOB: £3 wine & £2 beer corkage