It was the end of the long weekend. Beer had been bottled, beer had been drunk, much grapefruit had been mixed with it. I was feeling full of vitamins and gluten (it was wheat beer) but this didn’t detract from a thumping hangover.
After a day of solid snoozing and snacking on the remains of the previous day’s stews, I felt in need of a wander to some early evening grub. I headed to Xanadu, a Chinese near Meadowbank that had vaguely been on my radar for an age.
The place has a very classic style interior, with bigger tables topped with Lazy Susans. It was much as I expected it to be.
Service was prompt throughout with three front of team members managing a moderately busy Sunday evening service.
My eye was caught by an early evening deal that offered two courses for £12. This seemed like a decent plan to me. I opened with chicken and sweetcorn soup then followed with beef chow mein.
The soup arrived looking plain and to the point. It packed real depth of flavour and was one of the best versions of this staple starter I’ve had in a while.
The main course maintained that very good standard with excellent tender beef, crisp veggies and lightly crisped fine noodles. It was exactly what was required.
So overall, Xanadu served me a really good quick and simple meal that really hit the spot. Its good quality also saved you all from a review full of Olivia Newton John related puns. It’s always good when a place can grease the wheels for me in that regard…
Blythe scores Xanadu
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: chicken and sweetcorn soup, beef chow mein
I drank: lager
I wore: blue
Total bill: £14.20
Address: 13/14 Dalziel Place, Edinburgh, EH7 5TP