Earlier this week I was invited to try some of the menu at Ninja Kitchen at Frederick Street in Edinburgh. This restaurant was already on my list of places to try so I was very excited to come down to try some Ninja cooking!
Head chef Markus talked us through the menu & let us in to the influences of Ninja Buns that you may have seen in Leith or at the Meadows! He discovered the Taiwanese Gua Bao style of cooking from a street food van in California & has developed his own style of pan Asian cooking!
Note! For those with dietary requirements, there are loads of gluten free & vegan options!
I started with the coconut prawn skewers with a creamy dip. The crispy breadcrumb & coconut coating was dreamy but I wished there was more!!
Let me tell you how AMAZING the Korean fried cauliflower is. We were told that this is one of their most popular dishes & I can see why! The cauliflower had a smokey & spicy taste, almost like a spicy BBQ sauce. I will definitely be ordering this again & perhaps trying to recreate it myself!
Of course, I had to try the classic pork gua bao bun. The pork was in a sweet hoisin sauce & the crushed peanuts in the bun set this off perfectly. Pork shoulder is used instead of belly so you can feel slightly less guilty about calories if you wanted this for lunch! Jordan (the +1) tried the kimchi beef bun. This was the spicer, richer alternative to the sweet pork!
Bonus tip! Order the wasabi orange fries! They’re made with dried orange peel for a really bitter & unusual taste.
Thai corn fritters
Deep fried bun with ice cream
The Viatnamese coffee ice lollies to finish were a dream! They were smooth & sweet but the bitterness of the coffee was the dominant flavour. I always tell myself I’m not a desert person but I order desert most places I go! These coffee ice lollies were great as a light refresher after eating far too much!
Not only can you get amazing food here, the bar serves some seriously good cocktails!
We even had a little shot behind the bar to attempt to make the cocktails ourselves! Lorna & Talor were naturals! Of course, I decided to make the zombie.. The one with the ridiculous amount of shots!
Value for money: 7/10
Overall, I really enjoyed my visit to Ninja Kitchen! The Korean fried cauliflower was a definite winner & I would visit this restaurant again. You should make a trip down to Ninja Kitchen for a fun night with lots of food & even more cocktails!
24 Frederick Street
0131 322 3190
Thanks for reading!