Compact, unlicensed BYOB Thai restaurant with a neighbourhood feel. Close to the King’s Theatre.
Adorned with traditional Thai decoration, this petite restaurant makes you feel as if you’ve stepped away from Edinburgh for a moment. Established in Tollcross seven years ago, Absolute Thai has a homely feel and is very much a family operation; mum and dad look after the kitchen and other family members work front of house. The sizeable menu covers all areas of Thai cuisine and popular choices include spicy duck and green curries and pad thai. Some dishes hail from the north east of Thailand, like larp chicken and papaya salad (som yum). Seafood is a speciality and plentiful, with traditional fish cakes and a very enjoyable red curry of scallops and monkfish (chu chi talay). Vegetarians are well-catered for and the pre-theatre is popular with people heading to the nearby King’s Theatre. Note too that the restaurant is unlicensed, so come prepared with your own bottle.
- High point: No frills, top Thai food
- Low point: Pretty full at the weekends
- Notable dish: chu chi talay
- Private dining: Up to 25 covers
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 24
- Largest group: 25
- Open since: 2009
- BYOB: £2.50 corkage (Unlicensed)