Golden Dragon Restaurant
Nostalgic Chinese comfort food in a prime location, catering to Edinburgh residents and tourists alike.
You don’t stay open for over half a century unless you give the people what they want. Bang in the centre of town, perfectly positioned to entice passing tourists and townies alike, Golden Dragon has been dishing up comforting Cantonese cuisine since 1964; and with dragons, lanterns and waving cats aplenty, the beige and red interior is as gratifyingly nostalgic as the food on offer. Chicken with cashew nuts in yellow bean sauce is salty-sweet and moreish, while the spring rolls, those ubiquitous staples, are gargantuan and crammed with all manner of goodies, although inexplicably served in a lake of watery sweet and sour sauce. Beef brisket hotpot is uninspiring instead of unctuous and warming, but monkfish tail with ginger and spring onions is a well-cooked, delicate dish. With a function room available for special-occasion banqueting, Golden Dragon is a restaurant ideal for family get-togethers and big group catch-ups. Although it’s unlikely to serve up any culinary surprises, its longevity proves that it knows what its clientele wants, and who can argue with that?
- High point: The warm and accommodating waiting staff
- Low point: Authentic cuisine only available from a Chinese language menu
- Notable dish: Chicken with cashew nuts in yellow bean sauce
- Private dining: Up to 16 covers
- Provides: Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 72
- Largest group: 30
- Open since: 1964
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £16.80 per bottle