Chaophraya Edinburgh

Chaophraya Edinburgh
33 Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DN
  • 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)
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Beautiful Thai food served with contemporary elegance and stunning views.

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It's good to know there are restaurants out there that can suit pretty much any occasion. Whether you need a cosy corner for a catch-up with pals, a show-stopping castle view to impress a date, a cocktail bar for a celebratory drink, or a touch of elegance for dinner with the in-laws, Chaophraya could well be your place. It's so big and has so many areas that you could probably visit a number of times, sit in a different area each time, and feel like you've been at a different restaurant. Polite and helpful service brings unity to the experience, however, and when it comes to the food, there's a whole lot of class going on. Beautifully presented, the dishes cover all Thai bases, from tod mun pla (fish cakes) and prawn satay appetisers, through a mouth-tingling som tum salad, to zippy stir-fries and aromatic curries. Sea bass steamed with ginger and chilli in a banana leaf is a simple delight, while a traditional hearty prawn red curry is elevated by plump slices of grilled aubergine. Desserts may lack some of the wow factor, but by that point you’ll probably have been won over anyway: that castle view really is spectacular.

  • High point: Those views
  • Low point: It can get pretty noisy in the glass room
  • Notable dish: Crisp pork belly with Thai basil

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

Reviews & features

Q&A: Pi Su – Chaophraya Edinburgh

27 Oct 2014

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