Wing Sing Inn
- Telephone 0131 228 6668
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–2.30pm, 5–11pm.
- Average price £13 (lunch); £13 (evening meal)
Deceptively large and unassuming Chinese restaurant with banquet-style tables and a slight conference room vibe.
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.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
To borrow a phrase from Star Wars, Wing Sing Inn may not look like much, but it's got it where it counts. This unassuming Chinese restaurant and takeaway hunkered down near Fountain Park boasts some staggeringly satisfying Chinese cuisine. The interior is pure run-down conference room chic, but if your soul needs the succour of that other Holy Trinity – oil, carbs and meat – enter here. A Szechuan chicken dish comes with batter light and crunchy, with a hint of fire in its peppery coating. Salt and pepper tofu has yielding, soft tofu encased in a salty shell. Then there’s the swooningly good steamed seabass in soy – with plump juicy flesh and a sweetly salty sauce: simple perfection. Dumplings have pleasing fillings but come in a gelatinously thick wrapping. If you’ve an adventurous palate, this is your joint – there’s pork intestines, frog legs, jellyfish and tripe to be found among dishes more familiar to Scottish taste buds. Portion sizes mean desserts don’t get a look in: you’ll be unbuttoning your trousers before you’ve even finished the starters.
- High point: Fresh, authentic Chinese that's uncompromising on flavour
- Low point: You may be too full to move afterwards
- Notable dish: Sichuan chicken
- 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
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- 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