China Red

China Red
6 New Market Road, Slateford, Edinburgh, EH14 1RJ
  • Telephone 0131 443 8883 / 0131 443 8887
  • Food served Mon–Fri 11am–3pm, 5–10.30pm; Sat/Sun noon–10.30pm.
  • Average price £8.99 (set lunch); £14.99 (set evening meal)
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All-you-can-eat pan-Asian cuisine conveyor-belted to your seat.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Belly rumbling? Got a brood of starving kids to feed? Over-imbibed last night? China Red will do you proud. It’s all-you-can-eat but with a difference: you sit at a booth as a double decker conveyor belt trains a selection of dishes by – hot mains on the top level, cold starters and desserts below – for self service. The belt’s trip is a 9-minute odyssey that dishes up Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai fare (though Eton Mess and pepperoni pizza chunt by as well, suggesting a pleasingly borderless attitude to the food’s origins). Flavours tend towards the broad – king prawns in sweet and sour sauce don’t stint on the sweet, beef in black pepper sauce packs a pleasingly fiery punch. Salmon sashimi is plump and fresh and markedly better than many sushi joints in town. Nothing is precisely remarkable, but everything tastes fresh and gratifying, a rarity for buffets. Soft drinks are bottomless, waiters attentive, surroundings modern, and there’s soft-serve ice-cream you can be-deck with Ice Magic chocolate for pudding. A cheerily abundant treat.

  • High point: Something to please almost every palate
  • Low point: Deep-fried food grows soggy on the conveyor belt
  • Notable dish: Beef with black pepper
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Rihanna and pop hits
  • Live entertainment: Karaoke booths available upstairs
  • Capacity: 108
  • Largest group: 65
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £13.30 per bottle