Celebrity Chef brings a taste of Hong Kong street food to Edinburgh

Updated: Jul 1, 2021

Salt & Chilli Oriental Edinburgh will be joining the upcoming Bonnie & Wild Scottish Marketplace, providing a taste of Hong Kong street food to customers

Celebrity chef Jimmy Lee is set to open his first Edinburgh restaurant in the city's new St James Quarter.

Salt & Chilli Oriental Edinburgh, brings the popular Glasgow location to Scotland's capital.

A mash-up of East and West as well as old and new, the new restaurant, which will become a part of the Bonnie & Wild's Scottish Marketplace, will offer customers a taste of Hong Kong's frills-free street food.

When the site opens to the public in July, Cantonese street food will be reimagined, remastered, and given a playful twist and will serve comforting Chinese classics alongside fusion concoctions, mixing conventional Hong Kong street food with a strong dose of modern Scottish attitude.

The Edinburgh restaurant joins an all-star cast of chef-led eateries within Bonnie & Wild’s casual-dining food hall, including Creel Caught by Gary Maclean, The Gannet, Rico’s Pasta Bar, Erpingham House, CHIX, east PIZZA, Broken Clock Patisserie, and Joelato.

The Salt & Chilli Oriental menu will provide homely and hearty Cantonese with 'small bites' available for £5 and 'big bites' including Katsu Chicken Curry and Macau Beef Curry from £9.

From Chicken Satay with Spicy Dip to Pulled Aromatic Duck as well as the signature 'Salt & Chilli Menu', there's a little bit of everything here from an affordable price point.

Chef Jimmy Lee comments:"I absolutely love Edinburgh and consider it one of the best food cities in the UK. I'm so excited to introduce Salt & Chilli Oriental to St James Quarter within the incredible new Bonnie & Wild Scottish marketplace. The menu will highlight delicious Hong Kong style streetside snacks as well as comforting british-cantonese cuisines that we all love and adore".

This is the second city location for the Salt & Chilli Oriental brand from the award-winning chef who operates Salt & Chilli in Glasgow's West End and celebrity haunt Lychee Oriental in Glasgow City Centre. Jimmy has starred on BBC’s Great British Menu, as a judge alongside Prue Leith on Channel 4’s My Kitchen Rules and with Kirstie Allsopp on Kirstie's Handmade Christmas as well as presenting his popular STV cookery series, Julie and Jimmy's Hot Woks.

When it opens next month, Bonnie & Wild’s Scottish Marketplace will be one of the largest food and drink sites in Scotland, comprising eight food stalls, four specialty retailers, three bars and a flexible events space. Outwith social distancing restrictions, the venue will be able to seat more than 350 guests.

Bonnie & Wild’s General Manager Kate Russell commented: “We’re all excited about Chef Jimmy Lee’s Salt & Chilli Oriental joining Bonnie & Wild, coming in alongside some exceptionally talented chefs in this remarkable Food Hall. With Jimmy’s much-loved Cantonese street food also on the menu, Bonnie & Wild’s Scottish Marketplace reflects the diversity, quality and innovation of Scotland’s world-class cuisine.”

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