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Karen's Unicorn

#174 of 1,952 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
New Town
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8b Abercromby Place | New Town, Edinburgh EH3 6LB, Scotland
0131 556 6333
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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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    Very good
  • 33
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
A Pearl of the Orient

I'd like to think I know my Chinese restaurants, and in the last few months have experienced many from then New World in London to the American Peking in Wan Chai, however for finger-on-the-button, perfectly cooked Chinese food then this restaurant in the New Town area of Edinburgh takes the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
paul c
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

I'd like to think I know my Chinese restaurants, and in the last few months have experienced many from then New World in London to the American Peking in Wan Chai, however for finger-on-the-button, perfectly cooked Chinese food then this restaurant in the New Town area of Edinburgh takes the biscuit (or should that be the fortune cookie?). Not necessarily... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

This place has an odd name, if anything it helps it stand out from the usual places called something like 'Golden Palace Dragon'. Very attentive service, waiting staff will take your coats and take their time with you. The interior is charming and modern. The food is certainly better than your usual Cantonese restaurant, but perhaps not enough to warrant... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We had an amazing meal on Friday night at karen's Unicorn. Not our first visit here and will certainly not be our last !!! The service and food is just fantastic and cannot recommend it enough. It is a bit more expensive than your normal chinese but then the food is just that much better! Extremely tastey!!

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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119 reviews 119 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We were surprised at how good Karen's Unicorn turned out to be. We went with low expectations, as every other Chinese restaurant we had tried in Edinburgh since the demise of Wok & Wine has been a tremendous let down. KU were very helpful, and the head waiter very helpful, give that one of is gluten free. Not often the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We visited on Valentine's night - as a family of two adults, two older children. Service was excellent despite the restaurant being busy - and the food outstanding. The beef in honey was particularly good and the ribs very meaty. The decor is smart and contemporary - but we weren't made to feel out of place. The price was very... More 

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Edinburgh
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26 reviews 26 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

A small stylish modern restaurant with a simple but attractive black and white decor housed in the Georgian setting of Abercromby Place in the New Town. Good quality tables and chairs as well. A big improvement in terms of looks from its previous incarnation as an Italian restaurant. Classic Cantonese cuisine with minimal use of msg, I gather. A surprisingly... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I had dinner here on Valentine's day it was amazing! The food was so good and the service was second to none, glasses were constantly refilled with water and plates taken quicky when finished. It's a intimite restraunt and very modern I had a fab night here would highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We went here for Valentine's Day and the food and service was second to none from the minute we arrived, the crispy shreded beef in honey and chilli sause was amazing. I would highly recommend and there was plenty staff to see to our needs, glasses were continually topped up and plates cleared quickly even though the restraunt was full.... More 

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Scotland
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18 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

We enjoyed eating at Karen's Unicorn, the atmosphere was just right and the menu choice was excellent. The food was well prepared and presented and the service was great. If you like Chinese food this is about as good as it gets in Edinburgh.

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Askam in Furness, United Kingdom
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

It was a treat for a visit to Edinburgh and the surprise was the name of the Restaurant...never thought there would be one with my name (still grinning)!!!! That a side the food was delicious, the service excellent...really the nicest Chinese meal I have ever had!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8b Abercromby Place | New Town, Edinburgh EH3 6LB, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > New Town
  • Neighborhood: New Town
  • Phone Number: 0131 556 6333

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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