Noodle ‘n’ Rice
25 South Bridge
+44 (0)131 281 0301
Overall score: ★★★☆☆
Given its handy location just a stone’s throw from the Royal Mile, Noodle ‘n’ Rice gets decent footfall from visitors looking for something to eat in between taking in the major sights. This place has changed a lot since it first opened a couple of years ago (originally Noodle ‘n’ Ice) but now it has a pretty decent menu, with lots of options for vegans.
Vegan options available at Noodle ‘n’ Rice
The signs outside say that there are vegan options, but at the moment they aren’t clearly marked on the menu itself. When I asked the server, he told me that all the curries are vegan (as long as you have them with vegetables or tofu, of course), and the pad thai can be made vegan if you ask for it without the egg.
The curries include:
- Kaeng panang (hot Thai red curry with aubergine, bamboo shoots, mixed peppers and basil)
- Gaeng massaman neua (mild spiced curry with potatoes, coconut milk and peanuts)
- Green curry (spiced curry with coconut milk, vegetables, kaffir lime and basil leaves)
- Yellow curry (sweet sauce with coconut milk and vegetables)
- Malaysian curry (fruity sauce with vegetables, pineapples and grapes)
While I would love to go back to try the curries, last time I went I opted for the tofu pad thai.
I was in town with my husband when hunger struck, so we popped in for an impromptu visit. Despite the fact I wasn’t prepared with my fancy camera, I think the noodles still look pretty tasty in my quick and dirty phone pictures! The pad thai came with a wedge of lime, peanuts on the side and some dried chillies. It was really nice, sweet and spicy, although at £9.95 a plate, I am not sure if it is great value for money.
If you’re looking for a decent feed in the city centre, Noodle ‘n’ Rice is a pretty good option, with a wide range of dishes to choose from. I’ll need to pop back (armed with my decent camera) and try the curries next time!
Menu info: ★★☆☆☆
Value for money: ★★★★☆