Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace
36 Inglis Green Road, Edinburgh, EH14 2ER
  • Telephone 0131 443 6898
  • Food served Thu–Tue noon-10.30pm. Closed Wed.
  • Average price £9.90 (Mon–Fri noon–2pm. Not available on public holidays); £18 (evening meal)
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Imperial Palace is the place for fab dim sum in Edinburgh

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Imperial Palace does many things well, but the yummiest fun is the dim sum. Packed-out at weekend lunchtimes, make a reservation and be prepared to share a table if you're in a small group – it's all part of the experience. With 46 dim sum to choose from, plus a full Chinese menu, you may need to take a breath before tackling the blue checklist distributed by helpful waitstaff to mark off your order. Steamed dumplings bursting with moist pork and prawn or a char siu bun – sticky, savoury and sweet – might be just what you need. Squid cake sizzles, with lacy edges just perfect for dunking in soy. Garlic and prawn spring rolls are a massive step up from the standard, prawns filling every tasty bite. Cheung fun, a soft rice noodle similar to a cannoli, may be stuffed with king prawns, a moist beef filling or char siu. Order as you go and brace yourself for a bit of gluttony in the nicest possible way.

  • High point: With so many dim sum options, come hungry and pace yourself
  • Low point: Desserts aren’t fascinating but it’s unlikely you’ll have room
  • Notable dish: dim sum is fab, especially the prawn dumplings
  • Average price: £9.90 (Mon–Fri noon–2pm. Not available on public holidays); £18 (dinner)
  • 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: 120
  • Largest group: 120
  • Open since: 2011
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £20 per bottle
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