I fondly remember a lunch with work pals at the China Palace on Bernard Street many years ago. I think I had Singapore noodles. Whatever the case, I’d not been back since and had frequently seen it closed when passing so wasn’t sure it was still trading. But on a drizzly evening their neon was ablaze so I crossed their threshold once more.
The main dining space is quite beautiful but has the faded grandeur of a place that’s been playing to small crowds. While takeaway and delivery business was steady throughout my visit, there were very few sit-in diners. I suspect this is an established pattern.
The menu offered many of the usual staples plus a couple of things that were less familiar. Of the latter I was hooked in by the wafer wrapped beef. I then followed with the intriguing beancurd family style to which I added a portion of egg fried rice.
The starter promptly appeared with a generous portions of the thin pastry wrapped meat. The wrapping was crisp and the filling was…oddly like a top-quality version of scotch pie meat. It was slightly unexpected but rather tasty.
The main course wasn’t quite so good. I eat beancurd quite a lot in Chinese places and this ranked towards the middle of the pack although it was augmented by fresh and crisp veg. The rice was very decent.
So overall, it was good to visit the China Palace once again. I enjoyed what they served me with the starter notably good. I’m not sure when I’ll be back and I’m not convinced they’ll still be trading when next I feel the need. This will be a shame as it’s a lovely location serving quite pleasing food.
Blythe scores China Palace
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: deep fried wafer wrapped beef; beancurd family style; fried rice
I drank: lager
I wore: all the stripes
Total bill: £21.10
Address: 27 Bernard Street, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6SH