Everyone enjoys a bargain bite to eat, including the Edinburgh blog. The Red Box Noodle Bar is located in Edinburgh’s South-side - very close to the Edinburgh University, so it’s a favourite haunt of the city’s cash strapped students. To order you go through the back and tell the person behind the counter what you would like - including your choice of noodle, meat, vegetables and sauce. I opted for the deliciously thick udon noodles, with roast duck in the hot and spicy szechuan sauce. All of the ingredients are piled into a small bowl, which the overworked wok chefs heat up and serves to your table in a Red Box branded box.
Snack boxes are also available, or you can choose a meal deal which includes a snack and beer (my favourite option). The Shui Mai (pork and mushroom steamed dumplings) were absolutely superb and their quality was hugely surprising given they’re only a ¬£2 supplement. The noodle box costs ¬£5.30, with an extra 50p for prawns, duck or mixed meat. The quality of ingredients is high and the amount of meat is plentiful. Downsides are few and far between - though expect to queue to place your order, especially if the person in front is ordering for a large group! There is quite a lot of basic seating inside Red Box Noodle Bar, but it fills up quickly.
Overall, The Red Box Noodle Bar is a superb addition to Edinburgh’s ‘cheap eats’ scene and I have no hesitation in recommending it to all.
Red Box Noodle Bar is located at 51 - 53 West Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DB
Telephone: 0131 662 0828