I’d heard a lot of good things about Loon Fung, but despite repeated stroll-pasts over the years I’d never had the opportunity to dine there. I was glad to rectify that omission, this evening.
The interior is quite striking with bamboo poles jutting out from the ceiling at alarming angles. The tables and chairs were very smart, too. I was impressed.
The menu was a fair old mix of stuff and slightly oddly structured, but I soon found my way.
Placing my order with the attentive waitress, I chose crabmeat and sweetcorn soup to start then followed with salt and spicy squid, which is often what I have in Chinese places. I added some fried noodles.
The soup was soon with me looking pretty regulation. It was good and satisfied my need for soupy soup but didn’t set the pulse racing.
The main course squid was profuse and crisp so did the job very nicely. The noodles were well prepared and very moreish.
The reports I’d had about Loon Fung were right to an extent, but rather than providing a really defining Chinese experience it was in exactly the same camp as places like Kweilin, Golden Dragon, Szechuan Kitchen and Shanghai. They’re reliably good offerings, but they blend into a bland middle-ground of adequacy compared with the quality of Edinburgh restaurants showcasing other cuisines.
So overall, Loon Fung served my needs nicely but failed to really win me over. I enjoyed the squid and noodles, the soup less so, and I’d be happy to visit again when I’m looking for this sort of reliable fare in this neighbourhood.
Blythe scores Loon Fung
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: crab and sweetcorn soup; salt and spicy squid, noodles
I drank: lager
I wore: brown
Total bill: £21.85