It’s difficult to summarise Paradise Palms’ eclectic mandate in a coconut shell. On the one hand, this Old Town haunt is all about Asian street food – signature Ninja Buns, for instance – and on the other hand bizarre and bold drinks – the Buckfast daiquiri, for instance. On another hand Paradise Palms’ Lothian Street premises, poised coyly in the city centre just north of the University, is all about the party, with a packed schedule of events throughout the week. On yet another hand Paradise Palms headquarters Edinburgh’s most tropical record label – goodness knows the city needs it. That’s four hands and four palms on deck. Book your berth this minute.
Bringing food from the streets of Asia to the highly non-tropical streets of Edinburgh’s city centre is what Paradise Palms excels at. Spreading themselves in a deliciously thin layer across several culinary and entertainment streams has meant the kitchen at this Old Town palace has had the good sense to keep things streamlined, limiting themselves to just one kickass type of dish, the Ninja Bun. These babies are Paradise Palms’ take on the Taiwanese gua bao – steamed buns packed with slow-cooked Aberdeenshire pulled pork shoulder, West Lothian pulled beef brisket, baked tofu, cod fish fingers (yes), tequila-marinated chicken (uh huh), or panko chilli chicken and basil. Perfect as a wind up to one of the many steamy parties that Paradise Palms proudly host.
Keeping things Pacific year round, no matter the weather, Paradise Palms do a long line in classic and twisted cocktails and straight serves, with a side line in your usual liquid refreshments. The classics you’ll be familiar with, though even their Martini gets a Filthy moniker and is described as what Bond drinks when he’s down Leith. Well, when you’re at Paradise Palms’ Old Town premises along Lothian Street you’re not quite in Leith – we recommend the Buckfast Daiquiri for a real wakeup call, the Last Stop, Portobello, a concoction consisting of Portobello gin, tonic and rhubarb bitters, or the pint pot of your choice of Bllody Mary, Red Snapper, or Bloody Maria for those moments when you’ve had one too many Zombies the night prior. Far from a one stop shop, Paradise Palms is destined to become Edinburgh’s place in the sun.
Quirky bar in central Edinburgh with a good menu of different guest kitchens. Through the week good deals on cocktails. Booths at the front & back are the best places to sit. Can be crowded otherwise at the weekend - I recommend booking if more than 2 people!