Wing Sing Inn
- Telephone 0131 228 6668
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–2.30pm, 5–11pm.
Admirable and authentic cooking in a down-to-earth restaurant.
A favourite with those in the know, the Wing Sing Inn has been providing northern Chinese fare to Edinburgh diners since 2008. Expect to find a vast array of unusual dishes on the menu. Hot and spicy fried crab with chilli and garlic arrives still in shell, and is a delicious example of Asian shellfish, while pan-fried dumplings, though a tad doughy, have an exquisitely tasty filling. Where deliveries are concerned, however, its popularity and the occasional problem with communication can result in lengthy delivery times, with the food losing its freshness.
With both north Chinese and Cantonese chefs in the kitchen, Wing Sing offers meaty stomach-fillers and delicate taste-bud-ticklers on the same interesting menu. Some ingredients may alarm more conservative eaters but if pork intestines or jellyfish don’t appeal, there are plenty of less exotic dishes. Pan-fried pork dumplings come as an upturned panful of chunky meat winking through a translucent crispy pancake. The filling is moist, herby and delicious. By contrast, razor clams are virginal white with a veil of glass vermicelli draped across the shells and a confetti of spring onions. A simple dish of garlic-scattered choy sum – a chunky Chinese broccoli – is made memorable by its electric-green freshness. Service in this family-run restaurant is helpful but not pushy; the decoration is plain to a fault; and if you want a party atmosphere, best to bring it with you.
- Delivery: £1–£3.50
- Private dining: Up to 13 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 50
- Largest group: 50
- Open since: 2008
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £13.50 per bottle
- BYOB: £4 corkage