Red Box Noodle Bar

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Red Box Noodle Bar
51 West Nicolson Street

+44(0)131 662 0828

Overall score: ★★★★☆

In Edinburgh’s Old Town and searching for a cheap, yet satisfying, eat? Look no further than Red Box Noodle Bar – tucked away on a side street off the main thoroughfare of Nicolson Street, this place is popular with students and locals who want to be fed with good food fast.

Go up to the counter, build your noodle meal, go to your table and wait for a few minutes while they cook it, then sit down and enjoy your delicious creation.

Vegan food available at Red Box Noodle Bar

It’s pretty easy to build your meal at Red Box Noodle. You pick your noodle, then your filling, followed by your veggies and sauce. There is a sign by the counter that lists all the vegan options, which also include a couple of nice starter dishes. At the time of writing, these are:


  • Vegetable spring rolls
  • Curry triangles


  • Rice Noodle
  • Udon Noodle
  • Ramen Noodle
  • Crispy Noodle
  • Ho Fun Noodle


  • Tofu
  • Extra veg


(It will probably come as no surprise to you that all vegetable options are vegan-friendly…)

  • Broccoli
  • Pak Choi
  • Straw Mushrooms
  • Carrots
  • Sugar Snap Beans
  • Beansprouts
  • Aubergine
  • Baby Corn
  • Water Chestnuts
  • Bamboo Shoots
  • Chinese Leaf
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers


  • Soya Sauce
  • Black Bean Sauce
  • Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce
  • Szechuan Sauce
  • Singapore Sauce
  • Black Pepper Sauce
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Hoi Sin Sauce


  • Apple gyoza
Vegan Vegetable Spring Rolls at Red Box Noodle Edinburgh
Vegetable Spring Rolls


Vegan udon noodles
Noodle heaven


Inside Red Box Noodle, Edinburgh


Carrot, mushroom and tofu ho fun noodles
Carrot, mushroom and tofu ho fun noodles


Aubergine and tofu noodles
Aubergine and tofu udon noodles


Vegan Udon Noodles with Pak Choi, Carrot and Broccoli
Udon noodles with pak choi, carrot and broccoli


Mushroom, carrot and tofu ho fun noodles


Vegan apple gyoza
Peek-a-boo! Apple gyoza

I’m a huge fan of Red Box Noodle Bar – with all of the different vegan ingredients available, the number of combos you can have are practically endless. I dined there recently with a couple of my vegan chums (hiya Michelle and Lucie), and yet the three of us each had quite different dishes – as you can see from the pictures above.

It’s a simple idea but executed brilliantly – you know that you have got a good bowl of noodles when you are fighting with your chopsticks to grab that very last strand! And at £6.30 per bowl, it’s pretty good value for money too. A great wee gem in the Old Town.

Choice: ★★★★☆
Menu info: ★★★☆☆
Deliciousness: ★★★★☆
Value for money: ★★★★★




2 replies on “Red Box Noodle Bar”

Unless they have changed and now prepare the sauces themselves, most of the sauces are NOT VEGAN. Last time I was there (Toll Cross, now gone I think) a few months ago we discovered they buy their sauces pre-prepared and pre-packed and we were shown the packaging and read the ingredients. Only one sauce was vegan, the sweet and sour!

Oh no! All the information listed above is clearly marked ‘VEGAN’ on a sign located the counter in their West Nicolson Street branch (I think you’re right – the Tollcross takeaway has closed). Seen as it is a different location and doesn’t even offer sweet and sour sauce as an option, it could be that the situation has changed since you visited. I have contacted Red Box for comment and am waiting for their response.

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