Since I moved to Edinburgh, I have been desperate to try Chaophraya. I’ve heard numerous rave reviews of the delicious food, stunning views and tempting drinks. I also absolutely love Thai food, so we are in the process of slowly working our way round the Thai restaurants Edinburgh has to offer.
I got a voucher from my family for Christmas and finally put this to use last week. If you don’t know where Chaophraya is based in Edinburgh, then you’ll never find it. The entrance is very nondescript as the actual restaurant is based on the 4th floor of the building. Luckily, when you get out of the lift on floor 3, and climb the remainder of the stairs, it is quite clear you have entered a Thai haven.
The decor is stunning and the views are even more so. Unfortunately we didn’t have a view of the castle, but I believe this is possible if you are lucky enough to be seated in a certain area. We were seated at 8pm, so just as the sun began to set.
We ordered a bottle of wine and the Chaophraya Sharing Platter to start. This allowed us to try a variety of the starts on offer – chicken satay, Thai fish cakes, chicken spring rolls, soft shell crab and prawn tempura, and a noodle basket.
Each item on the plate was as amazing as the last and all married together really well. It was also the perfect amount for the two of us and left us still eager for our mains.
For the main course, I ordered the Palm Sugar and Chilli Glazed Chicken with Egg Fried Rice, and my boyfriend ordered the Chicken with Cashew Nuts and Steamed Noodles.
My dish was beautifully flavoured and the chicken was amazingly tender. It also came with a lovely salad and small dish of some form of sweet chilli sauce. I had a small taste of Al’s which was also lovely and full of flavour, and the Steamed Noodles were full of garlicky goodness!
Overall a lovely meal, and the service was good, although nothing special.
Food – 9/10
Service – 7.5/10
Atmosphere – 8.5/10
Price – 7/10 (Sharing Platter £20 (10 per person), Mains £12 and £16, Rice and Noodles roughly £3.50 and Wine £21 – not cheap but worth it for a special occasion)
Overall – 8.5/10
I would definitely return, but something tells me I need to get through some of the other highly recommended Thai restaurants in Edinburgh first (more to come on this..!)