Xiangbala Hot Pot
- Telephone 0131 313 4408
- Bar open Mon–Sun 3pm–11pm
- Food served Mon–Sun 3pm–10pm
- Average price £15 (lunch); £15 (evening meal)
Edinburgh’s most authentic Chinese restaurant is not for the faint-hearted. Vainly will you search for Peking duck or lemon chicken on this menu: rather, prepare for interactive eating. Park yourself before your very own steaming cauldron of broth and order a giant platter of raw ingredients ranging from pak choi to razor clams, via squid, soy beef and chilli chicken claw (order as much as you like for £15 each in a two-hour sitting). You then simmer your own dinner – beware if you’re not sure how long a prawn takes to cook… The startlingly bright pink and green walls contrast sweetly with the intensely polite and informative service, which is very quick but can be ever so slightly forgetful of the details. The wine list stretches to one choice of modestly priced white or red, and Chinese love songs play at a friendly level. Though a newcomer to the dining scene, Edinburgh’s Chinese community have already laid claim to this place, so be prepared to fight for a table.
- High point: Fun and unapologetically different dining experience.
- Low point: The loos could/should be cleaner.
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's high chairs
- Music on stereo: Chinese pop/love songs
- Capacity: 35
- Largest group: 35
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
- House wine: £11.90 per bottle