- Telephone 0131 225 1430
- Seasonal times Sunday opening in August
- Food served Mon–Thu noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm; Fri noon–2.30pm, 5.30–11pm; Sat noon–11pm. Closed Sun.
- Average price £13 (set lunch); £27 (evening meal)
- Website passornthaibrasserie.com
Encouraging culinary adventure, this exciting New Town Thai trumps expectations in a sophisticated setting.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
Seven years ago, owner and executive chef Cindy Sirapassorn, had the inspiration to open Passorn in Tollcross resulting in great reviews, buzzing tables and a very busy life. This year she’s spread her wings to open a sister operation, Passorn Brasserie, in city-centre Hanover Street, and oh, what a treat awaits. The décor is similarly elegant to the original, while staff are attentive and engaging, helpful with any menu queries and encouraging culinary adventure in a menu that trumps expectations. Start with some signature dishes – sam sa bai are seared, hand-dived, Orkney king scallops, blanketed with a creamy sauce of delicate Thai seasonings. Pla chao wang, crisp sea bass salad with coriander, cashews and mango, spills forth sweet and zingy out of its glistening tower. Ped ma kha, generous rounds of duck leg, deep fried and topped with tangy tamarind sauce, is deeply flavoured, fleshy and not fatty. A well-constructed wine list cleverly hits value and quality, matching the Thai menu with verve.
- High point: Working your way through this delightful menu
- Low point: Finding they are fully booked
- Notable dish: Pla chao wang: crisp sea bass salad with coriander, cashews and mango
- Capacity: 60
- Largest group: 14
- Open since: 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £22 per bottle