- Telephone 0131 225 6633
- Food served Mon–Sun noon–10.45pm.
- Average price £8.95 (set lunch); £19 (evening meal)
- Website www.thaiorchid.uk.com
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This review is taken from the current (2013) edition.
Situated just a quick sidestep off of the Royal Mile, Thai Orchid could be forgiven for trading on its tourist friendly site. However, aside from its unassuming decor, the laughing Buddhas and bamboo screens that seem rather kitsch, everything else about this operation is as polished as you could ask for. Sue rong hai or 'Tiger Cry' more than lives up to its name. Searingly hot, these wafer thin slices of Scottish sirloin beef are marinated in mint, coriander, lime and handfuls chilli. Flash fried and paired with coconut rice they are fiery and fantastic. Pad cha pal is similarly spicy, large hunks of monkfish in fresh ginger and green peppercorn sauce. More delicate dishes like gai haw bay thoy, Thai whisky marinated chicken wrapped in pandan leaves, prove that the kitchen isn't all about flash-bang chilli heat, although not using a native malt seems like a missed opportunity. This is one flower that is definitely blooming in the shadow of the castle.
- High point: Gutsy seasoning with punch and panache
- Low point: Strong draft from the door at window tables
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Thai music
- Capacity: 30
- Largest group: 12
- Open since: 2005
- House wine: £14.50 per bottle