Absolute Thai

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Absolute Thai
Absolute Thai
22 Valleyfield Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9LR
  • Telephone 0131 228 8022
  • Opening times Tue–Sat 5.30–10pm; closed Sun & Mon.
  • Food served Tue–Sat 5.30–10pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Daily 5.30–7pm
  • Pre-theatre price £12.50
  • Email
  • Website www.absolutethai.co.uk
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Compact, neighbourhood Thai with BYOB, producing quality food that far outshines its setting.

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Tucked around the corner from the King’s Theatre, Absolute Thai may be unassuming but more than makes up for it with the quality of its food. The dining room is small and simple, the service unflashy but genuinely warm and kind. Try pushing the boat out and start by sharing a Thai salad of chicken larb. Minced chicken is lightly seasoned with chilli, lime, mint and red onion to produce a clean, hot, fresh hit. Or venture to a sirloin or scallop option, with vinegary sweetness and heat countering the grilled savoury flavours. One of the best pad Thais in Edinburgh is to be found here; moist, unctuous with plenty of prawns, comforting and moreish. Crispy duck with pepper and garlic sauce is beautifully cooked and with enough garlic to keep your demons at bay. Fish and seafood options are particularly tempting – steamed sea bass with spicy lime dressing is a fitting example of the light, confident touch of chef Kachen Gerdphol’s magical kitchen. BYOB is a bonus.

The List's rating






Courtney Hyde Peyton visited Absolute Thai on 31 January 2019
  • High point: A sure and confident hand in the kitchen
  • Low point: Not open for lunch
  • Notable dish: Steamed sea bass with spicy lime dressing
  • Average price: £19 (lunch); £19 (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)