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Aromatic soups, fiery curries, fresh-flavoured salads, fruit-filled desserts...there’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to Thai food. Thailand is a country whose cuisine is influenced by both the East and the West, resulting in dishes that are often relatively simple in their preparation, but packed full of flavour. If you’re looking for a great Thai restaurant, Edinburgh is packed full of choice, from relaxed café-style environments to those with more of a fine dining feel - to make your choice easier, we’ve shared our favourites below.
The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into Phuket Pavilion in Broughton is the huge photo taken in Phuket that covers the whole of one wall, making you feel like you’re abroad. It’s not the only thing that makes you feel that way either: we love their authentic, freshly cooked dishes. Their chicken satay is out of this world - tender, juicy meat with a rich and nutty sauce - and we recommend trying some of their seafood dishes for your main, particularly the whole sea bass steamed with ginger, spring onions and soy sauce.
Phuket Pavilion, 8 Union Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3LU
We love the sumptuous decor of Thai Lemongrass in Bruntsfield, with its sunny yellow walls, cane table mats and rustic terracotta tiles evoking a true sense of being in Thailand. It’s been around since 2002, and it’s still just as popular today, with diners drawn in by its slick, professional service and top-notch food. The crispy monkfish with red curry sauce is a winner in our book, packed full of flavour - and we love the care that goes into the vegetarian options on the menu too.
Thai Lemongrass, 40-41 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4HJ
Head to Stockbridge and you’ll find an unassuming-looking 17th century townhouse converted into a Thai restaurant, giving Nok’s Kitchen a cosy and intimate feel. Be sure to book ahead, as it’s a popular local haunt, which serves all of the classic favourites, cooked to perfection. Seafood fans will love the tender soft shell crab in a yellow curry sauce infused with plenty of turmeric, and we love the sirloin steak grilled Thai-style, with a fiery garlic, chilli, pepper and Thai basil sauce.
Nok’s Kitchen, 8 Gloucester Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6EG
It’s Thai dining with a view at this large rooftop restaurant, where floor to ceiling glass windows give a great view of Edinburgh Castle and beyond. Chaophraya Edinburgh is a contemporary restaurant that’s part of a small chain, and the focus is on a fine dining style of food. We often order the massaman lamb curry: tender chunks of lamb in a rich and warming sauce packed full of coconut milk, potatoes and cashew nuts, and the lime and lemongrass sorbet is a lovely refreshing palate cleanser to end the meal.
Chaophraya Edinburgh, 4th floor, 33 Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DN
Tucked away in a little alleyway in the Old Town, Krua Khun Mae is decorated in a traditional Thai style with quirky touches - you’ll see what we mean when you see what’s encased in the glass-topped tables! It’s the place to go if you want large portions of well-cooked food without the fuss - Krua Khun Mae translates as “mother’s kitchen”, after all. The vegetarian spring rolls are full of flavour without being greasy, and their take on the famous Som Tum Thai salad of shredded vegetables, cashews and chillies is fresh and fiery.
Krua Khun Mae, Craigs Close, 29 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BN
Since 2002, Dusit has been known for its contemporary Thai menu, served in a restaurant whose decor blends traditional Thai style with more formal British elements. Speedy service means it’s popular for business lunches, and its New Town location means that it gets pretty busy in the evenings - be sure to book. For something new, try the Kua Kling: a southern Thai chicken dish packed full of spices and fragrant Kaffir lime leaves. The steamed rice with coconut milk is a beautiful accompaniment for the mains, too.
Dusit, 49A Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DY
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