When the story broke that Nawroz had been taking a fairly relaxed attitude to paying their taxes, I was pretty confident that it would soon close its doors. And so it proved. In its place a restaurant called Kweilin has taken up residence.
As far as I’m aware it isn’t linked to the restaurant of the same name in the New Town. This place has a much more contemporary, informal feel and offers menus across both Chinese and Japanese cuisine.
At lunchtime they offer a keenly priced lunch deal on their Chinese selection as well as full a la cartes. I stuck to the set list opening with spiced bean curd then following with Szechuan beef with fried rice.
The starter promptly arrived. It was a profuse portion of lightly crisp tofu. It could have used slightly brighter spicing but it was otherwise a very good version of a dish I regularly order.
The main course took a moment or two to appear but again was delivered to a very good standard. The beef was in a light and deeply flavourful sauce and the rice was nicely done. Again, the spice could have been a notch higher for me, but that’s the kind of minor fault that can be easily rectified.
So overall, I really enjoyed my visit to Kweilin. I’m still minded to whisper it rather than proclaim it loudly, but with the arrival of Fusion Gourmet, nearby Tasty Noodle and this place, we may finally have a decent crop of Chinese restaurants after years of mediocrity across the city. This is a well-priced and relaxed dining experience that should do very well in its student-handy location. I look forward to many future visits and I’m keen to try their Japanese dishes next time.
Blythe scores Kweilin
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14.5/20
I ate: spiced bean curd, Szechuan beef, fried rice
I drank: green tea
I wore: blue and grey
Total bill: £10.30
Address: 26-30 Potterow, Edinburgh, EH8 9BT