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Kampong Ah Lee Malaysian Delight

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Southside & Holyrood
Chinese, Malaysian
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28 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9HX, Scotland
0131 662 9050
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 38
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 17
    Average
  • 5
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  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Exceptional starters, not as great on the mains

The stay chicken was truly exceptional . The soup starters were also very tasty. The main courses on the other hand left me feeling a bit ill. One of our main courses were particularly good but it was a shame that mostly the mains weren't good at all. Saying that I feel that based on the starters I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
Mark G
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
Leeds, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

The stay chicken was truly exceptional . The soup starters were also very tasty. The main courses on the other hand left me feeling a bit ill. One of our main courses were particularly good but it was a shame that mostly the mains weren't good at all. Saying that I feel that based on the starters I would go... More 

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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

The food here is delicious, and the portion sizes are extremely generous. I'd like a little more description of what's in each dish on the menu, but I didn't have too much trouble picking something out. As others have said, the roti is heavenly. Highly recommend you visit!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I am from Southeast Asia and I was pleasantly surprised to stumble upon this hidden gem of a restaurant tucked away a few minutes from the Royal Mile. I tried the nasi lemak with curry chicken and was absolutely delighted to find that it tasted homemade, spicy and authentic. The fried ikan bilis and peanuts on the side were also... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Don't be fooled by the modest décor of the restaurant, it really is a hidden gem. Get a portion of roti (a Malaysian pankcake-type thing with a curry dipping sauce) and the satay (although everything on the menu is great).

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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60 reviews 60 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Very authentic Malayan food in somewhat austere surroundings for slightly more than I'd expect to pay for mains in that area (7-8 pounds). Soft drinks are served in the can. Pay attention to the heat level which is a bit hidden in the menu - I didn't and I suffered for it.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The food was not bad although served on cold plates. The decor is seriously scruffy and dated ( verging on grubby ). We got a beer without the offer of a glass. The place was baltic as the door kept sticking open when folk went in & out ( on a cold Edinbugh night ). The downstair's toilet area past... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews 27 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We went with a friend from Malaysia, as she suggested it as an authentic Malaysian place. I liked the food, really good price. The service was good, the atmosphere not so much. But I've been there three times now and I'll go back, the food is worth it! Very reasonable price too.

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Cardiff
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79 reviews 79 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

We visited this when in Edinburgh last weekend and loved it so much we went back two days later. I cannot understand some of the reviews - especially the one who said it was not authentic as I too have been to Malaysia and disagree. We went on the Friday of a big rugby weekend and the place was full... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Very authentic and impressive selection including hainanese chicken rice and bubble teas! I was surprised to find no deserts though, a little strange. The service was friendly and punctual considering that only two people were doing it!! I would return here again to try some of the other dishes.

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UK
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44 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

I'm really disappointed that this place is not what it once was. The staff are now harassed and over worked. There's little time for them to pay attention to the customers and everything is very rushed. The food is also not quite what it once was. It's a lot sloppier.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 28 Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9HX, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Southside & Holyrood
  • Neighborhood: Southside & Holyrood
  • Phone Number: 0131 662 9050

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 17
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Malaysian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Southside & Holyrood

Neighborhood Profile
Southside & Holyrood
Many of Edinburgh’s student hangouts gather around university buildings in Southside, the sort of neighborhood that supports a long string of second-hand shops and eateries serving ethnic food for just a few pounds. In August the student population is replaced by vast numbers of boisterous visitors here for the Fringe, Edinburgh’s world-class comedy and arts festival which headquarters itself here. Flanking Southside are two great parks. The Meadows is a vast flat and sporty space where football, rugby, tennis, cricket, croquet, and golf often all take place side by side. Kids in its big playgrounds add to the joyful noise. Far bigger and much wilder, Holyrood Park extends to the east and provides a real hike up Arthur’s Seat, but the district is best known as the site of Scotland’s Parliament and its premier Royal Palace—and their steady stream of sightseers.