Last week, we were invited by Chaophraya Edinburgh to come and taste their lunch menu. I have been many times for drinks prior to the visit, but had never actually taken the time to eat there – despite the stunning views and incredible smells.
I am guilty of “staying safe” and always going for cuisines and restaurants I know. It mainly revolves around cheese. Our visit to Chaophraya Edinburgh has changed this mindset for good.
We have to start with the view. If you have never been to the restaurant, based on Castle Street, you are in for a treat. Overlooking the castle, you have uninterrupted views of the Castle, Firth of Forth and our city. Whilst the weather was utterly disgusting, Phil and I were tucked up in a glass box having one of the nicest meals I ever have had.
If you think you don’t like Thai food, don’t be so sure. The Chaophraya Edinburgh cuisine is so expertly entwined with Western nuances that you are guaranteed to love it.
Let’s start with the main event: the food.
I started off with a mixture of dumplings. I worried there would be too many… or too little but was so delighted when my little box came with six perfectly formed balls of goodness. The selection of beef, prawn and pork dumplings came with a sweet soy sauce and were utterly delicious.
Phil opted for Chicken Thai Tacos – red curried chicken with coconut milk, placed in flour tacos and adorned with beautiful flowers. He didn’t say much other than “Oh my god – I wish I had this for my main too!”
Talking of mains, my eyes were too big for my tummy and I opted for the pork belly with sticky rice. When it arrived I panicked. It was a pretty large portion but knowing me, I would do my damn best to get my way through it. Ladies and gentlemen, I am afraid there are no pictures. The food was inhaled.
Phil opted for the Chicken Aromatic Red Curry which I had a taste of an was phenomenal.
The staff were excellent. They could not have been more helpful in helping us order and ensuring we had everything we need. Despite the restaurant being busy at 12pm on a Thursday (testimony to how popular they are), each member took time to chat with us and help us enjoy ourselves.
Of course, the pièce de résistance is the view. You can’t help but be wowed every time you enter the glass dome and glimpse the Castle, the Pentlands, the whole of the city.
It is one of the most spectacular places in Edinburgh. Whether you visit for drinks or food, Chaophraya Edinburgh is a gem. Be warned though, book – it certainly is popular.
With thanks to the team at Chaophraya Edinburgh for a £60 voucher to try their lunch. Views are my own as always.
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