Passorn Brasserie

Passorn Brasserie
97 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1DJ
  • 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
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Encouraging culinary adventure, this exciting New Town Thai trumps expectations in a sophisticated setting.

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Echoing the modern and stylish influences of her native Bangkok, owner Cindy Sirapassorn’s second Edinburgh venture is placed in the heart of the city centre. While the welcome is warm, the brasserie has a slightly more formal feel and caters to local workers and passing tourists. With a slight variation on the menu of their sister restaurant they too offer a modern twist on Thai dining. Among their signature dishes choo chee is a tasty variation on red curry which incorporates Thai sweet basil and kaffir lime leaves with jumbo king prawn or sea bass. Rung nok tod is a more unusual vegetarian choice; two styles of Thai taro (an imported tropical root vegetable) with sweet chili and crushed peanuts. Although Thai cuisine isn’t famed for desserts, the panacotta is fragrant and delicious. Everything is served with care as the Passorn (which translates as angel) team strive to offer a heavenly dining experience.

  • High point: Choo chee curry
  • Low point: Not hugely child-friendly
  • Notable dish: Choo Chee curry
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 14
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
  • House wine: £22 per bottle