Golden Bridge

This restaurant has ceased trading.

Golden Bridge
16 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6BS
  • Telephone 0131 467 5441/ 07850 340 905
  • Food served Sun–Thu 5.30–10.30pm; Fri/Sat 5–11.30pm. Closed Mon.
  • Average price £14.50 (evening meal)
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If your experience of Szechuan food is limited to the solitary ‘Szechuan chicken/ beef/ pork’ off the typical Chinese menu, then think about visiting the Golden Bridge next time you’re in Leith. This unpretentious, welcoming little restaurant specialises in the spicy, aromatic cuisine of China’s Sichuan and Guizhou provinces. Chilli, peanuts, garlic and ginger impart bold flavours to the dishes on offer here, which have a home-cooked feel to them. And it’s great to see authentic ingredients like black fungus and bamboo making an appearance. Try at least one dish with their pickled chilli, made on the premises, which gives a wonderful sour sharpness to stir-fried meat or fish. The place has a quirky charm: a wooden trellis seems an odd choice to cover the once-handsome ceiling cornice, the toilet door is screened off by what looks suspiciously like a shower curtain, and the Chinese tea comes in the floweriest of Victoriana teapots. But, like the food and the warm welcome from manager Sue Ma, somehow it just makes you feel right at home.

  • High point: Eye-opening Szechuan tastes
  • Low point: So small it's like being in someone’s front room at times
  • Delivery: £1.50 (local delivery only)
  • Provides: Children's portions, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Traditional Chinese music
  • Capacity: 32
  • Largest group: 32
  • Open since: 2008
  • BYOB: £1.50 corkage

Comments & ratings

4. A.J.1 Oct 2011, 12:09pm4 stars Golden Bridge Report

in this unassuming place delicious treasures are found. This is one of the few Edinburgh Chinese restaarants which has traditional dishes on the menu for the average punter to order (why do so many hide these from us? - do they think we're undeserving?). The owner Su is a Sichuan native and her dishes have her home provinces trademark spice, coming from the sichuan pepper which induces a strange numbing of the tongue. They are top notch, my favourites being lions head pork meatballs, aubergine with pork and spicy garlic sauce and family style chicken, a simple fried chicken in a salty chilli sauce which is simple perfection. Also some great home made dumplings for starters, my choice being those in peppery chicken soup.

This place makes you feel like your sitting in your front room. Su's friendly service and the BYOB option make it a relaxed experience. Well worth a visit for authentic Sichuanese food.

3. Fish Eye21 Aug 2011, 9:41pm5 stars Golden Bridge Report

Golden Bridge just off Great Junction Street, Leith. This is the place to be. Delicious Chinese food. Beautiful hospitality. If you are sick of all the queues in the restaurants in Edinburgh, this is the place to visit. Trust me you will not be dissappointed.

2. jane Watt7 Jun 2011, 3:21pm4 stars Golden Bridge Report

After returning from China , I tried every effort on finding decent Chinese food in Edinburgh and almost gave up until the Golden Bridge Chinese Restaurant came on the scene. The restaurant provides Szechuan food which is very popular in China - nice spicy food with lots of ginger, garlic and chilli. The food is totally different from that most Chinese restaurants in Edinburgh serve up.
I strongly recommend this tiny restaurant to the European like me: give it a try, it might become your favorite Chinese.

1. dodsnclaire3 Sep 2010, 8:07pm3 stars Golden Bridge Report

Fantastic Chinese food cooked there and then.Subtle flavours combined with a real family touch, makes for an authentic meal. An absolute must .

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