- Telephone 0131 225 7889
- Food served Mon–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5.30—10.30pm. Closed Sun.
- Average price £9.95 (set lunch); £21 (evening meal)
- Website www.songkran.co.uk
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This review is taken from the 2010 edition.
Down in a West End basement, Songkran is in its tenth year of serving local professionals and those patrons who look hard enough to find it. The small venue maintains a very personal operation through staff that make that extra effort and does a brisk trade at lunchtime. The single room is simply decorated in a Thai theme, the mood understated and not fussy. Across town in a quiet Stockbridge side street, Songkran II is a slightly more formal affair, also making the most of a single-room venue, this one stone-walled and intimate. Here, carved Thai woodwork and painted masks bring a charming touch to candlelit evenings, as staff ensure the lively venue buzzes along. The identical menus are similarly delivered in both venues. Starters are a bit pricey and don’t particularly stand out in novelty or value. Main courses, however, represent steady, solid Thai cooking through a wide menu of dishes which may be rich but aren’t heavy or oily. Songkran duck sizzles on its tray; pad Thai is light and well seasoned; pad prig taley’s use of lemongrass and lime leaves accents the sweetness of the mixed seafood, then freshens the combination with coriander. A full vegetarian menu of a dozen curries and stir-fries are tasty but could benefit from further creativity. All in all both Songkrans provide pleasant and relaxing meals with a local feel in active Edinburgh neighbourhoods.
- High point: Central locations run by charming staff
- Low point: Starters are costly for what is produced
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- Private dining: Up to 32 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses)
- Music on stereo: Thai and pop
- Capacity: 28
- Largest group: 32
- Open since: 2000
- House wine: £13.95 per bottle
- BYOB: £5 corkage