After a long day of farewell drinks, I found myself in need of a late evening feed. I was not too late to catch a sit-in meal, rather than some questionable takeaway, so I headed to Lee On for a Chinese.
This is a place I remember eating in years again, but that must have been in the days before Lunchquest.
Upon entry it was clear that the place hadn’t had much in the way of care and attention in the intervening period. It’s in desperate need of a refurb.
The menu covered the expected Chinese staples so I quickly settled on fish ball soup to start followed by some beef with cashews and a side of crispy noodles to follow.
The soup soon appeared and was profusely populated with fish ball slices. The broth was lightly aromatic which made for decent eating.
The main course was also pretty fair with a good portion of crisped noodles and a beef dish that offered beef pieces of slightly variable texture with good nutty accompaniment. It was fine.
So overall, Lee On is a reliable enough Chinese option in Tollcross/Bruntsfield but feels in need of a refresh. For now it will do you a decent pre- or post-theatre feed but isn’t otherwise worth seeking out. I’d be pleased to see it revamped by the time I return to the city.
Blythe scores Lee On
3/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
2/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 11.5/20
I ate: fish ball noodle soup, beef with cashews, crispy noodles
I drank: lager
I wore: green trousers
Total bill: £18.20
Address: 4-5 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4HN