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“Overpriced!”
Review of Khublai Khans - CLOSED

Khublai Khans
Price range: US$39 - US$49
Cuisines: Mongolian
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed 27 July 2013

This was our first visit to the restaurant and we are unlikely to return.

The starter and desert were both very good and presentation was excellent. However, the main course was severely disappointing. Firstly the prawns looked like they were from a cheap bag of frozen shrimps you would find in a supermarket, they should have at least been bigger and fresh. We expected for the price of £25.95, to receive various cuts of exotic meats, but instead were invited to select small cubes of inferior cuts (chunks of grissle) which were tough and are not suitable to quick frying.

It is not good value for money.

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Thank Montedawnster
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Khublai K, Manager at Khublai Khans, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2013

Thank you for your very kind review, we pride ourselfs on all our dishes we serve from starter trough to deresrts, our chefs have a flair for detail and presentation which has stood the test of time. I am sorry to hear you found our prawns not to your standard but rest asured the are quailty picked by the owners themselfs, Our amazing and well reasearched meats are all cooked to order and the types of meats we use can be rough and are a little more intesting to eat the normal cuts, I do hope this will clear things up for you and promote a return vistit to our Restruant (home).
Best Regards,
Allan

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Reviewed 19 July 2013

Tried Edinburgh branch after really enjoying experience in Glasgow. Definitely recommend going for full feast and allowing for a good bit of time there. That way you can experiment with lots of different meats, vegetables and recipes. Service was excellent - friendly, attentive and efficient. Agree with the writer who said it's a culinary experience that's good fun. It's a pity there's a review alleging food poisoning as that could really put people off. Everything was carefully presented, cooking methods are there for for everyone to see and whole of restaurant is spotlessly clean. Full feast might seem pricey but it's three courses and you can really eat as much as you like/can manage. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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Thank scotsguy31
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Reviewed 27 April 2013

We came fairly early - 6:00 - on a Friday evening and had a really super evening. We were asked to clear the table by 8:30 which we only just did. This is more of a culinary experience than a quiet romantic evening sort of place. It's simply good fun. The range of meats is interesting, but only if you experiment with flavours. It's no good coming here if you want to be presented with a menu of dishes that the chef thinks are good - you decide what flavours you want by yourself. They give you some help, but it's better to know roughly what different herbs and spices bring to a dish before you come! Their website is excellent, and it's worth going some homework.

When you first arrive, it all seems a bit "gimicky", but you soon understand that it's not and the way that they do things really works. But do give yourself time to experiment. apart from anything else, the full experience is not cheap and you do need time to get your money's worth - that is, to enjoy the experience properly.

The decor is appropriate and the staff very nice and helpful too. The tables are a little close together, but that adds to the fun atmosphere. From what we could see around us, this is a place to come in a large group of friends, but the two of us had a great evening.

Recommended for 'foodies' who know what they like.

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1  Thank Ian N
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Reviewed 24 April 2013

I'd heard a lot about Khublai Khans whilst living in Glasgow, but never actually made it to their branch there so was happy to get the opportunity after moving to Edinburgh. The exotic meats (zebra, camel, wild boar etc) were the biggest draw for me, as I've never been particularly enamoured by all you can eat buffet.

We paid for the all you can eat buffet - you pay £21 each in return for a small token, which you take every time you fill your bowl and give to the chef, who then cooks up whatever ingredients you've chosen.

The selection is okay - lots of veg, a number of sauces and the various meats. There is some loose guidance on a wall chart as to what flavours go well together, but I would have preferred some more recipe ideas given the unusual nature of the ingredients. Most of it came out tasting similarly which was perhaps because of my choice of spices (too much cumin and/or turmeric), but left the slightly disappointing revelation that most of these exotic meats taste remarkably alike.

The price is okay for an all you can eat dinner but more than I'd generally like to pay given the quality of the food. It is a fun night and you do get to try some dishes I doubt you'd see elsewhere in Edinburgh, perhaps Scotland, but I don't see much reason to rush back.

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1  Thank TANS_Edinburgh
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Reviewed 23 April 2013

Quite simply DON'T DO IT, I have been ill for the past 5 days and am only now able to eat very plain and dry food. I have had to take anti-sickness pills and rehydration sachets from the doctor to get myself back to feeling semi normal.

The place was only had one other group of people eating there and the meat had clearly been out for too long as some of it was greying, however friends had been 3 weeks earlier and said it was great. I should have ironically listened to my gut instinct and not eaten it.

Not worth it! AVOID AVOID AVOID

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1  Thank Hana P
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Khublai K, Manager at Khublai Khans, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2013

Thank you for dining with us, but I can't believe how easy you left such us comment especially your symptoms say clearly you have had a viral infection - not a food poison!
May I ask how soon your symptoms of food poisoning came on? Causative organisms of food poisoning symptoms generally take a minimum of 18 hours to come on after consumption and so many food poisoning incidents generally does not come on until an incubation of a few days. These episodes last 3-4 days and are self-limiting and should not have any need for rehydration treatments. The symptoms you are describing in association to food poisoning would mean that it would be caused by the toxins secreted by organisms rather than an organism itself. In situations such as this the toxins would be secreted into the meat and would cause a local set of symptoms within those eating the meats as most toxins are NOT heat labile. We at Khublai Khans have had no incidents reported of others with similar symptoms and also our staff have had no problems such as these, and as our staff eat here at the end of their shift , this would be a clear test of contamination.
Our meat loses its redness due to losing some of its haemoglobin and glycogen into the blood that it is stored at and not because it is going “off “ or had been out too long, it simply means that osmosis has occurred and that the oxygen is penetrating the meats.
Unless you have clear proof from tests made from biological samples from your Doctor/Microbiologist, then please refrain from immediately jumping towards food poisoning from our restaurant. The symptoms you describe on this website do not sound like food poisoning from our meats. It sounds as though you may have had a viral infection; a food poisoning episode would not last 5 days with a need for rehydration sachets. Rehydration sachets are needed in extreme cases of infections from very pathogenic organisms when associated with food, and as no other of our dining guests have come forward to us with the same symptoms and so I am inclined to disagree your diagnosis.
I do hope you are feeling better however please understand that unless you are sure and have a clear diagnosis of food poisoning from a causative agent that had been identified from our meats, then please do not post a review with an undiagnosed illness claiming food poisoning from our restaurant.
Regards,
Tracy Young BSc Hons Biological Sciences (Human Health)

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