- Telephone 0131 443 6898
- Food served Thu–Tue noon–11pm. Closed Wed.
- Average price £7.80 (set lunch); £14.50 (evening meal)
- Website imperialpalace.org.uk
A real insiders tip, the Imperial Palace deserves its reputation as one of the best Chinese restaurants in town.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Way out west, past Haymarket, past the Caley, past the Corn Exchange, lies what could be Edinburgh’s best Chinese restaurant. Housed in a bizarre mock-temple atop a Chinese supermarket, the capacious Imperial Palace is a remarkably busy place; all 120 seats are frequently fully occupied with a lively cross-cultural, inter-generational mix of diners after real Chinese cuisine. It’s easily worth the two bus rides (plus) to get there for the quality of its Cantonese and Szechuan food and, most especially, for its star offer: dim sum made in-house. A lazy susan loaded with (for example) sumptuous king prawn cheung fun, handsome char siu bao and juicy pork har kow makes for one of the most fun and tasty lunches in town. And because it’s freshly made, it doesn’t leave that jittery and slightly shameful feeling that can occur following the more suspicious all-you-can-eat buffets. In fact, the food in the Imperial Palace is about as far away from the buffet brigade as you’re likely to get; it’s just a shame that’s the case with its location too.
- High point: All hail dim sum
- Low point: Being the designated driver
- Notable dish: Prawn Cheung Fun
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Nothing
- Capacity: 120
- Largest group: 120
- Open since: 2011
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle