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Karen's Unicorn

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
New Town
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8b Abercromby Place | New Town, Edinburgh EH3 6LB, Scotland
+44 131 556 6333
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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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Krakow, Poland
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121 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The place is quite small so it can be a little to noisy for the first date. But the food is just very tasty. As a starter you just have to take the quarter of a duck with plum sauce. I had the Cantonese steak for the main course - the meat, which usually is thin and dry, here is... More 

Thank Marek S
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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112 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here with family for an informal dinner. The food was delicious and delicately flavoured, without the over saltiness you can so often find in Chinese restaurants. A fairly standard menu, but also with a very good vegetarian selection. Pleasant and friendly service, modern understated surroundings.

Thank Juliav50
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72 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! The food and service were absolutely top notch here. We had 2 set meals. I sampled a bit of everything and I have to say every single dish was magnificent! Service absolutely perfect too. Yes it's quite expensive but well worth it for a special occasion. Can't wait to go back!

Thank I_Love_Leith
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was an excellent dinner !! The service was really friendly and profissional. It is advisable to book a seat but it's worth.

Thank livio k
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45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Karens Unicorn was recommended to me by my brother who was lucky enough to stumble upon it by chance. Initially, I thought he was joking because of the name which seemed a little unusual, however, was pleasantly surprised it really is a wonderful restaurant with a very welcoming atmosphere. The food was reasonable yet outstanding, and the staff were all... More 

Thank NadineTallis
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Top class food with attentive staff, more expensive than other Chinese restaurants but well worth it on a special occasion.

Thank Alw671
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55 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm not a big fan of Chinese food as served in teh UK - it tends to by colorless, bland and too much sauce. This bizarrely named restaurant restored my faith - subtle, beautifully prepared, full of flavor, appropriate and not overpowering sauces SIx of us enjoyed a set menu - lightly battered and well cooked starters, a range of... More 

Thank Ian P
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited on a busy Saturday night and the staff found us a table. It was our 1st visit to the restaurant and we left agreeing it was one of our best Chinese meals we could remember. My wife ordered the Pork with chilli and honey sauce, which she finished. This is unusual as normally she picks at her food.... More 

Thank jim t
East Sussex, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband found this place online for our final night in Scotland and he did very well. I was a bit dubious going to a sit down chinese restaurant and it is a bit out of the way but it is the best chinese I have ever had. The food and service were amazing, we had a very enthusiastic waiter!... More 

Thank rhiannon_steyl
Alnwick, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the best Chinese meals I have ever had and I have eaten a lot of them. Food .was fab, the egg fried rice was by far the best I have ever had. Our waiter was very young but charming and very friendly. All in all a great restaurant.

Thank sue 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, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
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: +44 131 556 6333

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  • 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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