23–23A Brougham Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9JU
  • Telephone 0131 229 1537
  • Seasonal times Open on Sunday during August.
  • Food served Mon 5.30–10.30pm; Tue–Fri noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10.30pm; Sat 12.30–3pm, 5.30–10.45pm. Closed Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu 5.30–6.45pm
  • Average price Tues–Fri £11; Sat £13 (set lunch); £25 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £15
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Photo of Passorn
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Birra Moretti

Elegant Thai successfully placing a new spin on traditional favourites.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2016/17 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £5.95 (+p&p).

This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.

Understated, calm and hidden, Passorn is a soothing escape from hectic Tollcross. The simple, modern décor reflects attention to detail and is executed with confidence, much like the eye-catching plates emerging from the kitchen. At times, food artistry can become distracting or a displacement for something lacking elsewhere, but not at Passorn where the harmony on the plate works at every sensory level. Start with seared scallops, springy with moisture and laced with an attention-grabbing dressing of mint, coriander and kaffir lime leaf. Spicy Thai tenderloin beef salad is powered by lemongrass, chilli and Passorn’s tamarind dressing. Mains include traditional curries, such as the moreish red choo chee curry with jumbo king prawns and Thai sweet basil. From the wok, their signature dish, the spicy pad cha, can be toned up or down to suit palates and is particularly good with crisp sea bass, where the mixed Thai herbs, chilli and Thai eggplant bathe the fish in their spicy complexity without overwhelming it. Black rice pudding completes a stylish meal.

  • High point: Beautifully prepared and presented dishes
  • Low point: Not inexpensive
  • Notable dish: Pad Cha with crisp sea bass
  • Provides: Pre-theatre menu
  • Music on stereo: Thai easy listening
  • Capacity: 39
  • Largest group: 8
  • Open since: 2009
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 2
  • House wine: £21 per bottle