Maki & Ramen
- Telephone 0131 228 5069
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–11pm; Sun noon–10pm.
- Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5–7pm
- Average price £7.80 (Mon–Fri); £12 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £10.90
- Website www.kampungali.com
Located just off Lothian Road, a fun and friendly spot to enjoy good quality Malaysian cuisine
Takeaway is available from both branches of the Kampung mini-empire on Clerk Street and Fountainbridge, so if Malaysian floats your boat (and it should) it’s a great option for a cheap and tasty pick-up. Specialities include stir fries, noodly slurpy soups and spicy curries. Sambal chicken is particularly good as is roti cenai, a flaky flat bread with a spicy sauce which has practically attained cult status. It’s all pretty reliable stuff, although some dishes do seem to betray that cheaper cuts of meat have been used. With no delivery service, take-away means calling into the restaurant, where friendly staff will happily explain the ins and outs of what remains a relatively unfamiliar menu.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Kampung Ali Malaysian Delight might be described as the more grown-up of the three sister restaurants located between Fountainbridge, Clerk Street and, most recently, North Bridge. Refurbished to further emphasise their street food leanings, the interior includes decorative street lighting and road markings on the floor. The colourful combination of styles on display is a good reflection of Malaysian cooking itself which blends Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisines to great effect. There’s a joyful quality to the food which carries through to the generous portions. A starter of moist chicken skewers smothered in a hot satay sauce bears no resemblance to the generic peanut butter coating you may be accustomed to. Red curry chicken is mild, tender meat in a lightly spiced milky broth with rich aubergine and crunchy okra. Malaysia spicy squid delivers quite the kick thanks to the chilli-packed dark sauce which engulfs the firm seafood. Do try to leave room for the Kaya pancakes – light, roti-style flatbreads filled with a Malaysian coconut curd, this is comfort food at its best.
- High point: Joyful blend of cuisines in a cosy atmosphere
- Low point: Could get overlooked in its awkward junction location
- Notable dish: Malaysian skewered satay
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Pop
- Live entertainment: Karaoke (Fri/Sat)
- Capacity: 100
- Largest group: 100
- Open since: 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £13 per bottle
- BYOB: £4; beer £1.50 corkage
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