Edinburgh has certainly gone through some radical changes throughout the centuries, and not only regarding medieval times and royalty. An influx of cuisines journeying from the far eastern corners of the globe have taken this historic city by storm, and it all began in the 1950s when the first Chinese Asian restaurants were opened. A lot has changed since then, and a plethora of other Asian cuisines ranging from Vietnamese, Thai, Indian, Malay and Singaporean – among many others – have opened Asian restaurants in Edinburgh that locals have embraced with open arms. Not only are there some sensational Asian restaurants in Edinburgh, but also some pretty special Asian supermarkets too, meaning these restaurants can source authentic and traditional produce for their dishes now more than ever before.
There is a plethora of delicious and authentic Asian restaurants in Edinburgh, and with that comes an extensive array of delicious, creative and different dishes on offer. We love sampling tasty pad Thai and pad see ew from the wonderful Thai Asian restaurants in Edinburgh's heart, along with the aromatic tom yum soup and laksa which certainly invigorate the senses. Of course no visit to an Asian restaurant in Edinburgh is complete without delving into some chicken satay skewers, the famous Vietnamese pho and the light and fresh gỏi cuốn (summer rolls). These are just some of our top picks, but why not venture out to visit some of the best Edinburgh Asian restaurants for yourself and start your culinary adventure today?
A topic of much contention for Edinburgh locals – which is better to dine? Old Town or New Town? New Town is an eclectic mix of restaurants, bars and cafes and the Asian restaurants in this part of Edinburgh are making a name for themselves as being innovative with impeccable design. New Town is a contrast to the labyrinth-styled streets of Old Town with its neoclassical and Georgian architecture, and the restaurants here are slightly more upmarket and chic as opposed to the low key and hipster Asian restaurants dotted throughout the cobbled stoned alleyways of Old Town. While locals and travellers build their own opinions about which area is better to dine, one thing is for sure, no matter the location, the high quality of the food in the wonderful Asian restaurants throughout the whole of Edinburgh speaks for itself, no matter where you are.