Hello, this is my second food review on my blog. I currently live in Edinburgh, but I’m actually from Thailand.
During the time I live here, I want to review some affordable and delicious restaurant for reference in case anyone interested!
This time at Lian Pu Oriental Express Restaurant on Marshall Street. A Newly opened restaurant (early this year) which offer a variety of bubble tea!
It sounds very exciting and many people are talking about this restaurant and said it is very good. The website is http://www.lianpu.co.uk/
The restaurant is very near the university and is a very convenient location.
Lian Pu is like what we called a Food Court or Food Hall theme in Asia. Simply choose a place to sit and then order.
This restaurant offer a self service by getting yourself cutlery, napkins and place your order at the till.
Bentou Box – Crispy Wonton, Chicken in Szechuan style and Fried rice £8.00
I ordered a Bentou box so appetiser is included. This time, Crispy Wontons (Shrimp) with sauce.
Their Wontons are indeed crispy and quite tasty! However the size is very small comparing to the promoting picture. The sauce taste like a mixture of ketchup and plum but diluted.
I also tried Mini Spring Rolls. They taste quite soft and not too crispy. A little too moist in my opinion but isn’t bad overall.
The Main dish (5.5/10)
There sure are a variety of food to choose from. My choice is Chicken in Szechuan Style. The staffs suggested that the sauce is spicy but it isn’t spicy at all (at least for me). My friend ordered a Black Bean Sauce which shouldn’t be spicy but it is more spicy than their Szechuan sauce.
The chicken I ordered is quite tender which I really like, but the sauce lack taste. I also tried Sweet and Sour King Prawn and the sauce is not sour and not sweet. I guess the menus are made Westernised which is not a good thing in my opinion.
The food came in a big portion which satisfied my hunger very well. I’m totally full after the meal.
There are a lot of drinks to choose from. From soft drinks, juices, hot drinks and different kind of teas/fruit drinks with bubble/jelly.
I ordered Bubble Milk Tea (￡2.80 ). It is a little disappointing (as people said their bubble tea is good!). The milk tea is very diluted, it doesn’t have a lot of aroma and lack taste (not sweet and not creamy). The bubbles itself is not well-cooked (or boiled), they are quite hard but not sticky which make the whole drink become disappointing.
I’m not a bubble milk tea expert but I drink them nearly every week in Thailand (from many different shop depending on where I go).
Maybe other kind of drinks are better but I and my friends are just unlucky.
I cannot judge this because it is largely an express and self-service restaurant but the staffs are kind of willing to help explain things to you.
During the time I eat there, the restaurant was doing a photo-shoot of their food which make it really annoying. The camera flash every 1 minutes or so and my friend got a headache because of that.
Overall Score 5.7/10
If you are looking for a quick Chinese meal with some bubble tea, I recommended you to this shop! It is also perfect for people who just finish their lecture in George Square area.
I and my friends might happen to go there at a wrong time and many things are kind of disappointing.
I also had a severe diarrhoea and food poisoning that night but I’m not entirely sure if it is because of the food there.
This is entirely my own view on this restaurant and I don’t want to discourage you from trying the food there. You might like it!
I hope my English wasn’t too bad, thank you all for reading!