Leith Woks to open in St James Quarter
Jimmy Lee, a celebrity chef, is bringing a new pan-Asian wok-based street food concept to the city's St James Quarter. Leith Woks is a wok-based street food restaurant serving fiery Cantonese cuisine while incorporating some of the finest fresh ingredients from Scotland's larder.
The new restaurant will be housed within Bonnie & Wild's Scottish Marketplace. Quick, fresh, hot and endlessly interesting, Leith Woks' inventive suggestions will be used to modernise some of the nation's favourite Chinese dishes. The Edinburgh restaurant joins a vibrant and exciting community of chef-led eateries within Bonnie & Wild’s casual-dining food hall, including his hugely successful Hong Kong Street Food brand, Salt and Chilli Oriental as well as Creel Caught by Gary Maclean, CHIX, east PIZZAS, El Perro Negro, Radge Chaat, Broken Clock Patisserie, Stack & Still and Joelato.
Small plates such as Ayrshire Pork Ribs Peking Style, Duck Spring Rolls with Hoi Sin Bramble dip, and Chicken Satay Skewers as well as larger plates such as Slow Cooked Scotch Beef Curry with Coconut Rice and Ramsay of Carluke Pork Chow Mein, will be available.
Chef Jimmy Lee said: "Leith Woks will celebrate fragrant stir-fry dishes made with some of the best fresh ingredients Scotland has to offer. Our menu will be updated on a regular basis and will feature tasty meals with vibrant Asian flavours"
Leith Woks is a new concept from the award-winning chef who operates in Glasgow's West End, Edinburgh St James Quarter and Glasgow Hamilton and celebrity haunt Lychee Oriental in Glasgow City Centre. Jimmy, who also has a burgeoning media career, appeared on the BBC’s Great British Menu, as a judge alongside Prue Leith on Channel 4’s My Kitchen Rules and with Kirstie Allsopp on Kirstie's Handmade Christmas as well as presenting his popular STV cookery series, Julie and Jimmy's Hot Woks.
Bonnie & Wild’s Scottish Marketplace is one of Scotland's largest food and beverage sites, comprising eight food stalls, four speciality retailers, three bars, and a flexible events space. The venue is able to seat more than 350 guests. Ryan Barrie, Operations Director at Bonnie & Wild, said:
"Jimmy Lee's new venture Leith Woks is another brilliant addition to Bonnie & Wild, adding to a roster that already includes the likes of high-profile chefs Gary Maclean and Tony Singh, as well as local favourites Joelato, east PIZZAS, Stack & Still, El Perro Negro and of course Jimmy's other venture, Salt & Chilli Oriental. Like the other food stalls at Bonnie & Wild, Leith Woks will show off the quality and diversity of Scotland's world-class produce in ways that I'm sure will delight and excite our many guests. I can't wait to try it!."
Leith Woks will open weekly Monday - Sundays from Wednesday 8th June 2022.