Golden Dragon Restaurant

Golden Dragon Restaurant
21 Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DN
  • Telephone 0131 225 7327
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–10.30pm; Sun 1–10.30pm.
  • Average price £20 (lunch); £20 (evening meal)
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Golden Dragon Castle

Nostalgic Chinese comfort food in a prime location, catering to Edinburgh residents and tourists alike.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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In a prime central location, just a hop, skip and a jump from Princes Street, The Golden Dragon has been serving up nostalgic Chinese comfort food to Edinburgh residents and tourists since the sixties. Up a set of stairs, the bright interior is decorated with the trappings you’d expect from Chinese restaurants of old. The comprehensive Cantonese menu includes all the comfort-eating staples – crisp prawn toast is golden and comes straight from the fryer, the salt and chilli prawns are generous, butterflied and coated in a light savoury crust. Lemon chicken hits the comfort button jackpot and delivers up sweet, succulent breast meat in a light sauce with smatterings of crunchy vegetables to provide textural interest. Staff are courteous and welcoming, and if you happen to be dining around Chinese New Year, be sure to try the nian gao, a simple steamed pudding which is considered good luck. The higher the rise, the more prosperity one can hope to attain.

  • High point: Chinese comfort eating
  • Low point: Not for the adventurous of palate
  • Notable dish: Lemon chicken
  • Private dining: Up to 16 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs
  • Music on stereo: Radio
  • Capacity: 72
  • Largest group: 30
  • Open since: 1964
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 4
  • House wine: £16.80 per bottle