Food Focus - Chaophraya Edinburgh

25 weeks ago
5 minute read
By Sarah Howden

Thailand has a lot to answer for. In my 25 years of being a freelance travel writer, it remains my favourite trip. Ever. From Bangkok to Krabi, the Phi Phi Islands to Phuket, it was the dreamiest holiday I’ve been on.

The scenery was undeniably stunning, the hotels straight out of a Conde Nast magazine. But, 12 years on what I remember most – and vividly - is the authentic Thai cuisine. The seriously delicious, flavoursome and eclectic dishes that are a celebration of the fresh and fragrant. And so, it’s safe to say I’m hard to please when it comes to authentic Thai food. Which is why Chaophraya Edinburgh is always top of my restaurant list.

Thanks to a surprise third baby, life curveballs and then lockdown, it had been a while since I last visited the rooftop restaurant. But my return visit last week more than lived up to expectations and I was instantly transported thousands of miles east once more.

Located on the corner of Castle Street and George Street, Chaophraya Edinburgh is unashamedly glamorous with a stylish mix of classic oriental and modern décor. Their menus, which bring together classic Thai and distinct signature dishes from across the Thai regions, are impressive. There’s the extensive a la carte menu, the indulgent Celebratory tasting menus and the fantastic range of cocktails, wines and beers.

Kid-free, husband-free and “out out” for a few hours, my lunch companion and I bagged a table with a castle view and quickly checked out the cocktail menu. Wow. It was hard to choose from all the appealing cocktails but we eventually selected a £9.35 Coconut Key Lime (gin, coconut rum and lime) and a £9.75 Taengmo (Bacardi, Velvet Falernum, passionfruit liqueur, lime and fresh watermelon). These were so delicious they were finished all too quickly. As was the Poached Pear and Gin Fizz (£9.35) and the aptly named, Made in Thailand (£9.85).

We could have sat there all day working our way through those cocktails, but we were here for a taste of Thailand. After much deliberation, we opted for the Celebratory Tasting menus which feature a banquet of dishes designed to share. There are three menus to choose from, each carefully created by the head chef to pull together a range of traditional favourites and some classic dishes with a little bit of a twist. Our choice was the Togetherness menu, priced £45 per person. And remember, if you use your EGG card you get 20% off this (Sun to Thurs)!

Our amazing and generously-sized starter was the Chaophraya Platter, their classic starter selection of Thai chicken tacos, chicken satay, tempura prawns, spicy duck salad, and chicken spring rolls. Then came the main event.

What. A. Banquet. There was Royal Lamb Massaman, a succulent slow cooked lamb, served with sweet carrot and potato in a fresh and luxurious massaman sauce. There was also a delectable prawn Pad Thai in a sweet tamarind sauce, served with crushed chillies and lime. The Chicken with Cashew Nuts was devoured solely by me (and I’m not even sorry). Think crispy chicken, crunchy cashew nuts, bell peppers and mushrooms in a sublime roasted red chilli sauce. Yum. And if that wasn’t enough there was also stir-fried rump Beef in Black Pepper Sauce. Egg fried rice, stir-fried seasonal vegetables were also included.

Now these are generously sized portions and would have easily stretched to three diners – so either go hungry or take a doggy bag. Why? Because there are stunning desserts included too. Diners can choose from a Clementine Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream or Chocolate Fondant or Choice of Ice Cream.

The whole experience was just the best. The views, the surroundings, the flavours. Thailand, I’ve missed you.

EGG Cardholders get 20% off the food bill Sunday to Thursday. To book a table visit:

Chaophraya Edinburgh | Thai Restaurant | Thai Dining with Heart

 

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