Phuket Pavilion

Phuket Pavilion
8 Union Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3LU
  • Telephone 0131 556 4323
  • Food served Mon–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–11pm; Sun 5–11pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Sun 5–6.45pm
  • Average price £9.95 (set lunch); £20 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £12.95
  • Email
  • Website www.phuket-pavilion.co.uk
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2011 edition.

Veteran restaurateur Bill Parkinson has been in the business for 46 years and it shows. Service is a speciality: he wants people to relax while they eat. If you’re enjoying his pre-theatre menu before heading across the road to the Playhouse you might not have time to spare, but the kitchen’s consistent quality and the reassuringly recognisable Thai décor – ornate down to the cutlery, the tank of brightly coloured fish and the delicately carved carrot garnish – should go a long way to calming you down. The Pavilion has a large menu that features all the favourites: a subtle satay chicken, beautiful massaman curries and a whole steamed sea bass, simply and ideally steamed with ginger and soy. Go a little off-piste and you’ll find Phuket ob moh din, a coconut-sweet hot pot with fat scallops, enormous green mussels and tender squid, or the theatrically named Weeping Tiger. This house special of Scottish sirloin is char-grilled to your preference, cocking a cheeky Scottish wink at a rich Thai whisky sauce. Spoon that over coconut rice and you’re in danger of losing yourself in these culinary delights and missing your show.

  • High point: Try the beef, hand-selected by butcher John Gilmour
  • Low point: It’s far more about the savoury than the puddings here
  • Private dining: Up to 30 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Gentle, traditional Thai music, country and western, pop
  • Capacity: 74
  • Largest group: 48
  • Open since: 2003
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £13.50 per bottle
  • BYOB: £5 corkage