Krua Khun Mae

Krua Khun Mae
29 Cockburn Street, 1 Craig's Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1BN
  • Telephone 0131 225 7007
  • Seasonal times Festival: open noon–10.30pm
  • Food served Tue–Sun noon–3pm, 5–10.30pm. Closed Mon.
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Photo of Krua Khun Mae
in association with
Birra Moretti
Chang Thai Restaurant

Thai restaurant showing creative flair in its dishes – and even its tables.

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Squirrelled away in a little alley in the Old Town, Krua Khun Mae opts for traditional Thai decor with quirky glass-topped tables covering sand scattered with coins. Chef and owner Anan Cattanach runs a tight operation with his multi-tasking small team. The sizeable menu is divided into soups, salads, chef’s recommendations, curries and stir-fries. Thai staples like vegetable spring rolls steer away from the usual greasy offering and are crispy and light while the famous Thai salad (som tum Thai) of green papaya, carrots, green beans, tomatoes, cashew nuts and lots of chilli is tasty and super spicy. Kra dook moo wan are deliciously spiced pork ribs, cooked in a homemade sweet and sour sauce until the meat falls off the bone. Fish cakes with haddock and chicken may raise an eyebrow but this is good food without all the frills.

  • High point: Reasonably priced, good food
  • Low point: Can lack atmosphere
  • Notable dish: som rum Thai salad and pork ribs
  • Average price: £8 (set lunch); £20 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 25 covers
  • Provides: Children's high chairs
  • Music on stereo: Thai music
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: 40
  • Open since: 2014
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 3
  • House wine: £14 per bottle
  • BYOB: £5 corkage (Only available Tue–Thu)