- Telephone 0131 281 5613
- Opening times Tue–Fri 12pm–3pm & 5pm–9pm; Sat 12pm–9pm. Closed Sun & Mon.
- Food served Tue–Sat 11am–3pm, 5.30–9pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
- Average price £16 (lunch); £16 (evening meal)
- Website www.saikokitchen.co.uk
Bright, breezy, funky joint serving pan-Asian street food at reasonable prices.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Marchmonters, be advised: this should be your new local lunch-spot, your go-to place for a wholesome, tasty weeknight dinner. Inspired by owner Natalie Florance’s love of Vietnamese street food, Saiko Kitchen offers bountiful bowls of pan-Asian goodness at cheerful prices. Starters are robust: Thai fishcakes a particular standout, tasting – praise be – of fish, something of a rarity in many other fishcakes. They’re lightly flavoured with onion and chilli and fried to perfection. Similarly, the panko-breaded chicken is oh-so-crunchy and perfectly seasoned. Mains are belly-fillers: the Hanoi chicken broth a lip-smacking bowlful of lemongrass-infused broth, chunky chicken, and liberal coriander and chilli. The sticky hoisin chicken salad is a mountain of tangy chicken, julienned vegetables, crunchy noodles and vermicelli. If you’re a student with a grumbling tummy, this dish could set you up for the night … and possibly well into the next day. Sweet tooth? A dessert of banana and peanut butter ice-cream cake is a swooning send-off to an altogether delightful meal. An inexpensive restaurant that invites repeat visits.
- High point: Healthy hearty servings
- Low point: No alcohol licence yet – this food is screaming for a cold beer
- Notable dish: Thai fishcakes
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Nineties pop
- Capacity: 20
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 2014
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 0
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