Chop Chop is a Chinese restaurant with a difference, in that it serves dishes popular in China rather than Britain – as its slogan says, 'Can a billion people be wrong?'.
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Edinburgh’s oldest Chinese restaurant, dating from 1956, is still one of its best.
It’s always a sign of a good Chinese restaurant when you see members of the local Chinese community eating there, and you’ll see plenty of them at the Rainbow Arch. The menu is more adventurous than most – look out for deep-fried minced octopus cakes – and even the standard dishes, such as lemon chicken, are a cut above the average Chinese restaurant.
Don't be put off by the slightly sterile feel: Lily's is a top lunch spot fusing a creative blend of East and West. It's a unique cross between a Chinese bistro and chic cafe with made-to-order Chinese food (such as dumpling buns and mandarin-duck wraps) and standards like burgers and baked potatoes that are tarted up almost beyond recognition.
It's rare to get such an authentically Chinese experience in Scotland and it's quite a surprise after a spot of late-night dining to emerge to Sauchiehall rather than Hong Kong. There are various set meal options but be adventurous and pick dishes off the pages of Chinese specials rather than the Westernised plates; there are some real gems here.