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Karen's Unicorn

#119 of 1,788 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
New Town
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8B Abercromby Place | New Town, Edinburgh EH3 6LB, Scotland
0131 556 6333
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Fri 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Wirral, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Got a table for two last minute on a Saturday night. Food was good, fresh and well presented. Staff were plentiful and very attentive. Nice decor and relaxed buzz about the place. Nothing to fault, just a very nice Chinese meal, which since the advent of eat all you can Chinese restaurants, seems rather rare these days! Recommended.

Thank Jamiem967
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was lovely and a good choice on the menu. Our waiter Jules was great and really made us feel welcome. Additional 10% service charge is added to bill which some may find annoying as this seems to be compulsory

Thank Gemma K
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was advised to come here by a friend and I can gladly say I was not disappointed. Food was a little pricey but was well worth it. It was all very delicious and to pay that little extra was no problem. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Thank karl832016
Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was in Edinburgh and looking for a local Chinese. Turned to Tripadviser and looked at the reviews then booked - with only 30 mins notice. Got to the restaurant, warm greeting and sat in a much 'posher' looking restaurant that most chinese restaurants. Attentive and excellent service from the start and then the food. This was by far and a... More 

Thank McPinCollector
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's been awhile since I've eaten here so I was a bit nervous that it would not be as good as I remembered. Not disappointed. The food is excellent. The service is perfect. We made good choices ordering this time having the crispy duck with pancakes, honey roasted pork, sweet and sour pork, and chilli garlic chicken. My new favourite... More 

Thank akeikom
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139 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

TA members guided us here with good reviews. Food top quality,service great. Would recommend to anyone

Thank BlackpoolWillows2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, lovely atmosphere all made even better by the excellent and friendly service by Jules! Varied menu, well-presented food and attentive service.

Thank Fibi1034
Abernethy, Scotland, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was lovely here. Definitely a more authentic Chinese. Definitely on the pricey side, £7 for a started of dim sum which consisted of only 4 things. All really tasty though. Service here is great, when you get in... the entrance isn't really covered so we waited to be seen to, had to wait on a table and kind of... More 

Thank Declan M
Taunton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Firstly great food Over priced considering the plan surroundings, not the best of welcomes as you arrive in the hallway and staff member tells you to wait there while he checks to see if you have booked. No atmosphere like other Chinese restaurants

Thank Tony W
County Galway, Ireland
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very accomodating, lovely place to eat, excellent menu.very polite and efficent staff.I would recommend this restaurant if and when you visit Edinburgh.

Thank Brendan C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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

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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 New Town

Neighborhood Profile
New Town
Suits and shopping bags rule the streets of New Town, until after dark when strappy dresses come out to play. This is the city’s central business district with its smaller offices, clothes boutiques, and many of the city’s flashiest restaurants and ritziest clubs. The architecture along roads like George Street helps give it a swank and formal feel: it’s a planned Georgian development of regal townhouses, geometric squares, and self-important statues. But it’s also a very wanderable neighborhood, with a healthy bustle at almost any time of day and fine people-watching in places like St Andrew's Square which fills with picnickers around lunch. You’ll also find a series of cheerful basement bistros on Hanover Street, while dark Rose Street has something of the feel of an undiscovered back alley and is chock-full of characterful pubs and small independent shops.
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