I love Thai food so was delighted to be invited to Chaophraya in Edinburgh to sample their new menu. I’ve been to this restaurant a couple of times in the past but I think this meal was actually the best I’ve had there yet…
Located on the top floor of a building on Castle Street, just off Princes Street, the restaurant has a fantastic view of Edinburgh Castle if you’re lucky enough to get one of the seats in the old balcony area. Don’t worry, you’re sitting inside but this area used to be outside in its previous incarnation, Oloroso.
The staff are all wonderfully polite and look great dressed in traditional Thai clothing. The décor is also in keeping with the Thai theme with lots of ornate and beautiful golden features. A huge tropical fish tank in the middle of the restaurant is mesmerising to watch Nemo and his buddies whilst eating dinner.
My only negative about our visit was the delay between ordering and getting our food. After 45 minutes some (very tasty) prawn crackers were delivered to our table. We were a little worried that we’d have to wait even longer for our starters but they were quick to follow. Make sure you leave lots of time when visiting but don’t worry, there are lots of delicious cocktails to sample.
So, what did we eat?
Starter: SOFT SHELL CRAB & SQUID TEMPURA – £12.50
Poo Nim & Pla Muk Choop Pang Tord Soft shell crab and squid in a light crispy batter along with wing bean and asparagus tempura with chilli & lime avocado dip.
A delicious and very unusual dish. If you like seafood, you definitely need to give this a try.
Main: GRILLED TUNA SUPERFOOD SALAD – £14
Yam Pla Tuna Line caught tuna diced and tossed with sugar snap peas, carrots, tenderstem broccoli, spinach, baby gem and yellow bean.
I’m always sceptical of the ‘superfood’ label but this salad really did live up to the name. It was so light and fresh yet full of beautiful Thai flavours. The chunks of tuna steak were cooked perfectly, just lightly seared.
Starter: THAI CHICKEN TACOS – £7.50
Taco Gai Red curried chicken finished off with coconut milk and served over lightly pan-seared rice flour tacos
A taco does seem an off choice in a Thai restaurant but this was unlike any taco I’ve had before! Yet another delicious dish that I recommend trying.
Main: THAI GREEN CHICKEN CURRY – £12.50
Gaeng Keow Wan Gai Tender chicken breast simmered in coconut milk with Thai aubergine, sugar snap peas, garnished with sweet basil and chillies.
Side: EGG FRIED RICE – £4.50
Khao Pad Khai
Honestly one of the tastiest green Thai curries I have ever sampled. The chicken was perfectly cooked and just melted in the mouth with the sauce.
All the dishes were beautifully presented with so much attention to detail.
Dessert: CHOCOLATE BOMBE – £7.75
Melting chocolate bombe with Thai whiskey ice cream and honey
Not only was this dessert an absolute treat for the taste buds but it was a spectacle as well as the waitress poured over the hot caramel sauce to melt the chocolate sphere onto the (very boozy) whisky ice cream.
This varied new menu has lots to offer to suit all sorts of tastes. The cost per person can work out to be quite pricey but the food was absolutely delicious. If you want a nice relaxing dinner out in a spectacular venue with good cocktails and great tasting food, then this place is for you!
Find out more and book your table at chaophraya.co.uk.