- Telephone 0131 226 7614
- Opening times Mon–Sat 11am–10.30pm. Sun noon–10pm.
- Seasonal times Festival: bar open until 1am.
- Bar open Mon–Sat noon–midnight; Sun 12.30pm–midnight.
- Food served Sun–Wed noon–9.45pm; Thu–Sat noon–10.15pm.
- Average price £20 (set lunch); £29 (evening meal)
- Website chaophraya.co.uk/edinburgh/
Beautiful Thai food served with contemporary elegance and stunning views.
Chaophraya is a growing chain of higher-end Thais. Perched on the top floor of city centre office building the Edinburgh restaurant is opulent, complete with dramatic views and an enormous (and hypnotising) fish tank. Deep-fried sweetcorn cakes blended with red curry paste are good, as is a soft shell crab salad – tangy and crispy with Thai green sour mango, lemongrass and coriander. Lamb massaman curry is a favourite of the diners here (and, as the menu states, a favourite of the Thai royal family too). Chaophraya makes the most of its dramatic location: there are impressive areas for meetings and private dining and it’s a popular spot for celebrations. Thai-inspired cocktails mixed with delicious exotic fruit juices complement the menus beautifully and they even make their own ice cream.
- High point: The rooftop and the views
- Low point: Some dishes are westernised
- Notable dish: sweetcorn cakes, lamb massaman curry
Following the opening of its first Scottish restaurant in Glasgow earlier this year, Chaophraya has opened in the heart of Edinburgh at one of the most prestigious addresses in the city, 33 Castle Street, formerly Tony Singh’s Oloroso.
David Bassett, former manager of the critically acclaimed Angels With Bagpipes restaurant on the Royal Mile, has been appointed manager of Chaophraya Edinburgh and will be supported by assistant manager Supawadee Viriya who has joined from Ruan Siam in Edinburgh. In the kitchen head chef Yiam Dok Pudsha will lead a team of 14 in serving up delicious authentic Thai cuisine.
Chaophraya’s menu is made up of classic dishes originating from different regions of Thailand with a strong focus on using the finest, freshest ingredients to produce delicious, authentic Thai cuisine. Prices start from just £6.95 for lunch and £9.95 for dinner, and diners can expect to be truly spoiled for choice with the range of dishes on offer.
Chaophraya, named after the main waterway in Thailand, was founded eight years ago by Kim Atcharaporn Kaewkraikhot who opened the first Chaophraya restaurant in Leeds along with business partner Martin Stead.
Kim, originally from Thailand, had a vision of bringing an authentic Thai dining experience to the UK paying respect to the culture of the country and the cuisine. The restaurant quickly became a success and Kim and Martin have since gone on to open branches of Chaophraya in Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield and most recently Glasgow.
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- Private dining: 16–24
- Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Thai music
- Capacity: 154
- Largest group: 90
- Open since: 2012
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 15
- House wine: £20 per bottle
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