If you’re hankering for tasty food and want to avoid the larger chains, then it doesn’t get much smaller than Lucky Yu! This tiny restaurant in Leith only has 8 or so tables, running neatly in a row along the wall. Its size only adds to the welcoming atmosphere and the dimly lit, urban decoration fits well with the up and coming Leith surroundings.
Lucky Yu is an Asian-inspired canteen restaurant serving up an imaginative menu of small plates. They specialise in tempting gyoza and bao buns, taking traditional flavours and adding interesting Western or modern twists. I’d recommend ordering 3-4 plates per person and sharing the lot; my favourites are the smoked shiitake mushroom bao with pickled cucumber & hoisin and the handmade miso aubergine gyozas.
The venue incorporates delightful little canteen nods in the way of tick-list menus and small refillable water glasses. Your oriental bites are best enjoyed alongside a bottle of wine (or two?) and Lucky Yu has a BYOB policy, which always tends to make the meal a little less expensive.
If you’re planning to head here for some speciality bites, it might be wise to book ahead, given the eatery’s size.