Absolute Thai

Absolute Thai
22 Valleyfield Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LR
  • Telephone 0131 228 8022
  • Food served Mon–Sat 5.30–10pm. Closed Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times Daily 5.30–7pm
  • Pre-theatre price £12.50
  • Email
  • Website www.absolutethai.co.uk
Photo of Absolute Thai
in association with
Birra Moretti

Compact, unlicensed BYOB Thai restaurant with a neighbourhood feel, close to the King’s Theatre.

Eating & Drinking Guide

The 2018 edition of The List's Eating & Drinking Guide is out now – only £7.95 (+p&p).

Family-run Absolute Thai is tucked away from the main Tollcross drag, just round the corner from the King’s Theatre. Popular with regulars and those catching a show alike, it’s a cosy little spot. You might struggle at first to choose from the large menu, but dinky sesame-speckled vegetable spring rolls with a sweet plum dipping sauce provide a good crunchy start to the meal. The rich coconut cream tom kha chicken soup with mushrooms is delicately flavoured with lemongrass and topped with crispy tofu. As a main, stir-fried aubergine, onion, soy bean paste and basil is a bit on the salty side, but panang curry with marinated chargrilled sirloin steak and pak choi is cooked just right. Both dishes are nicely accompanied by Thai sticky rice in pretty woven pots. If you’re after a dessert, banana crêpes and fritters or coconut ice-cream and mango sorbet provide a fine way to round off the meal. The restaurant is BYOB and can be hired for private parties too.

The List's rating






Sylvie Docherty visited Absolute Thai on 13 February 2018
  • High point: Handy for King's Theatre
  • Low point: Tables quite closely packed
  • Notable dish: Panang curry with marinated chargrilled sirloin steak
  • Average price: £20 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 25 covers
  • Provides: Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 24
  • Largest group: 25
  • Open since: 2009
  • BYOB: £2.50 corkage (Unlicensed)