Wing Sing Inn
- Telephone 0131 228 6668
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–2.30pm, 5–11pm.
- Average price £14 (lunch); £14 (evening meal)
Unassuming Fountainbridge restaurant serving authentic Northern Chinese cooking.
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.
Stepping through the door of Wing Sing Inn is like stepping back in time. The sparsely decorated beige walls and big round tables, replete with white tablecloths and Lazy Susans, evoke a feeling that you’ve been here before, perhaps two or three decades ago. Wing Sing rejects the chintzy fanfare favoured by some Chinese restaurants in the same way they shun the notion of battered chicken in luminous orange sauce. Edinburgh’s in-the-know Chinese community, typically interspersed with students and adventurous locals, are here for the authentic Northern Chinese cuisine on offer. Pigs feet, frogs’ legs and jellyfish are available for those willing to explore the menu to its limits, but by no means is the whole menu as unfamiliar to the average Scottish palate. Slow-braised pork belly with preserved vegetables is meltingly soft and comforting, while cumin beef is punchy and intense, if a trifle salty. The flavour of the viscous ‘dough drop’ soup is gentle and soothing although the pan-fried pork dumplings lack refinement. Portions are table-creakingly enormous so be prepared to struggle home with more than a few doggy bags.
- High point: Food you won’t find anywhere else in the capital
- Low point: Some dishes can be a bit salty
- Notable dish: Slow-braised pork belly with preserved vegetables
- Delivery: £1–£3.50
- Private dining: Up to 13 covers
- Provides: Children's high chairs, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Chinese ballads
- 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