“ Address: 17 Waverley Bridge / Edinburgh „
When walking around Edinburgh we noticed a Chinese restaurant right by Waverley Train Station, where we were dropped from the airport. As I love Chinese food we decided we would certainly be giving it a go!
Jimmy Chung's Chinese Buffet Restaurant:
In Birmingham close to where I live there are some great Chinese all you can eat buffets, one of my favourites being Big Wok. As Jimmy Chung's is twice the price as my beloved Big Wok I was hoping for something special!
As we walked in we were greeting straight away and directed to a table for two, the waiter only gave us a couple of minutes before coming back to take our drinks order. As this was our first time here, I personally would have found it nicer if the waiter had told us 'when you're ready, please go help yourself'. However I had to ask if it was ok to just go up.
The restaurant was set out well, even though there was a lot of tables you still had a good amount of space and wasn't right on top of one another. At the back of the restaurant there was even a place to sit and eat outside. However it was closed off, I'm guessing it was closed due to the time of year being on the chilly side. Warm plates awaited you and your cutlery was already on your table but still a set out if you wanted more.
Luckily when going up to the buffet everything was clearly labeled, so it was easy to see what we wanted to try. It was set out in sections, vegetarian and starters, mains and soups then a third section for desserts. It also stated that sushi was available however I didn't see any but that didn't bother me as I don't like it anyway. If you would like to see there menu it can be found here - www.jimmy-chungs.com/buffet-menus
The cleanliness of the whole buffet and surrounding areas was immaculate which is something I personally always look for. There was a chief/waiter by the buffet making sure it stayed clean and the food items where kept stocked. He was also friendly and you could ask him any questions you wanted regarding the food.
Being vegetarian can sometimes be a pain when it comes to buffets as they normally seem dominated by meat. However I was really surprised as the vegetarian options were rather good, and even better they tasted amazing! I must admit I did pig out a fair bit, my starter I had spring rolls, spicy vegetable samosa, egg fried rice and curry sauce! All of which I really enjoyed and the curry sauce was sweeter than ones I have tried before but still lovely.
After each dish and the waiter saw it was finished with on your table it was soon taken away. When drinks were gone they soon asked if you wanted more, so they really did keep an eye on you. So my second time up I had foo young, chow mien, mixed vegetable and sweet and sour sauce! I really was in heaven and writing this review and thinking of the food I want it all over again!
The toilet facilities where clean and kept well, which is always a plus in any restaurant as I personally don't like using the toilets when I'm out but there is only so long you can hold it in! Plus a small place for mother and baby The bar area was neat and presented well, but you didn't really need to go to the bar yourself as the waiters took care of all your orders.
For the desserts there was a nice little selection, I enjoyed a fruit salad and banana fritters. I must admit they were the best fritters I have even eaten at a Chinese. My partner went for a few helpings of ice creams and sponge cakes. My partner being a meat eater tried a few more dishes than me and even he really enjoyed the food. So all in all paying more than we normally do was worth it for our lovely meal.
Price and Availability:
Monday - Thursday
Children under 11 years or under 135 cm £ 5.49
Friday - Sunday
Children under 11 years or under 135cm £ 5.99
Monday - Thursday
children under 11 years or under 135 cm £ 6.49
Friday - Sunday
Adults: £ 13.49 per person
children under 11 years or under 135 cm £ 7.49
For me I really enjoyed the food, it was cooked well and tasted lovely. When I go back to Edinburgh I will certainly be visiting here again! The drinks were reasonable priced, the whole ambiance was great and I was comfortable which really does go along way. The restaurant is also wheelchair friendly.
Five out of five stars from me.
Thank you for reading.
Opening Times - 11:45 till 23:00 hours
17 Waverley Bridge
Tel: 0131 556 3313
Fax: 0131 556 3393