HongFu Noodle Bar on Waterloo Place is without question the most polarizing place we’ve ever reviewed. While we enjoyed it on a couple of visits, my former work colleagues maintain it’s the only major bum-steer I’ve ever given them.
When we noticed it was being extensively refurbished, I did wonder whether they had given up the ghost and someone else was taking over the iconic city centre space they occupy. But no, a fresh HongFu has emerged so I thought I’d go and give it a look.
The interior is much slicker than before with a stylish blend of booths and tables. It thought it looked very smart.
The menu is a little different than before and is printed out with fairly mediocre quality photos on a huge laminated booklet. Throughout it proclaims “tasting very delicious” and is riddled with spelling errors. It feels very amateurish.
I settled upon the salt and chilli squid to start then followed with their on-the-bone cumin lamb.
The starter promptly arrived and was extremely good. Large pieces of squid were crisply battered. Seasoning was on point. It was a very promising start.
The main course wasn’t quite to the same standard but the lamb was still flavour packed. The accompanying egg fried rice – the menu proclaimed it “refreshing” – was solidly decent.
So overall, I still maintain that HongFu is one of the better places in the city for Chinese food. The starter was excellent and while there were aspects I didn’t enjoy – please fix the menu design, folks – I think I’d still recommend it to you.
Blythe scores HongFu
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: salt and chilli squid, lamb, fried rice
I drank: lager
I wore: a light suntan
Total bill: £34.54
Address: 3-7 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh EH1 3BG