Kampong Ah Lee Malaysian Delight
- Telephone 0131 662 9050
- Seasonal times Open 7 days during the Edinburgh Festival
- Food served Mon & Wed–Fri noon–3pm, 5–11pm; Sat/Sun noon–11pm. Closed Tue.
- Average price £15 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
- Website www.kampungali.com/sister-restaurant/
No-frills spot which offers a taste of home to Edinburgh’s Malaysian community and locals in-the-know.
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.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Translated as ‘Lee’s Village’, Kampong Ah Lee promises ‘Malaysia Delight’ via the bold yellow sign on the ever-busy Clerk Street. Inside this modest diner, basic pine tables, bright lights and flowery wallpaper create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Staff are happy to accommodate personal preferences when it comes to the level of heat in their dishes. Crisp chicken wings arrive in generous portions, resting in rich honey liquor. Deep-fried tofu promises much on the outside but within the bean curd is a little soggy. Spicy king prawns come as a decent-sized portion, the large, meaty, part-shelled prawns sitting atop a medium-heat stir-fry, teeming with dried red chillis. Sambal beef delivers more of a kick, with tender beef, chillis and prawn paste all combined in a tangy sauce with okra and crunchy onions for added texture. Ah Lee is a no frills spot which offers a taste of home to Edinburgh’s Malaysian community and is clearly a popular destination judging by the satisfied smiles on the faces of families, students and locals in-the-know.
- High point: Convivial atmosphere
- Low point: Someone please shut the front door
- Notable dish: Sambal beef
- Provides: Children's high chairs
- Music on stereo: Malaysian/Chinese pop
- Capacity: 30
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 2007
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £12 per bottle
- BYOB: £3 wine & £1 beer corkage