- 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.
‘Saiko’ is Japanese for ‘the coolest’ and this small, bright, white-walled restaurant in Marchmont is certainly a cool space to hang out. It’s a relaxed, understated spot, where you can people-watch from the stools at the window, or admire the shelves of trinkets accumulated during the owners’ South-East Asian travels while you wait for your food. While the recently expanded menu embraces the current trend for pan-Asian street food, it hasn’t lost its Vietnamese heart – the char siu pork banh mi and steaming bowls of pho are still there and as popular as ever. Japanese chicken and vegetable gyoza are pan-fried pockets of yum while the Thai rice paper rolls are crammed full of beef, lettuce, vermicelli noodles and spicy red chilli. King prawn pad Thai, however, is overly sweet and the promised prawns are frustratingly scarce, while chicken katsu curry, served simply with sticky rice, is a mite humdrum. A smattering of sweet treats, such as condensed milk-laden Vietnamese iced coffee lollies, feature on a menu that hasn’t changed in one respect – it’s just as wallet-friendly as it ever was.
- High point: Pan-Asian cuisine that won’t break the bank
- Low point: Inconsistency from the kitchen
- Notable dish: Chicken & vegetable gyoza
- 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
Reviews & features
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