Not long ago, I took a trip down to Edinburgh to visit my good friend, Willum, for the weekend.
As soon as I arrived, we headed to Chaophraya which is an incredibly tasty, Thai restaurant on the top floor overlooking the city. They have a good view of the castle but you will need to book well in advance for a window seat with a view. Thai food is one of my favourite types of cuisine and stepping through the door filled me with great memories of my time in Thailand.
Just off Princes Street, the restaurant is very central. The building in which the restaurant is situated is very modern with a lift taking you up, then you walk through into a Thai atmosphere with Buddha statues welcoming you.
The restaurant is decorated elegantly, making our visit seem quite luxe. In the middle of the restaurant is a fish tank with some exotic fish and the lights are dimmed to create the perfect ambience. The waiting staff wear traditional Thai dress adding to the Thai feel.
Now onto the best part – food! We started off with the Chaophraya platter. This included a variety of chicken satay skewers, spring rolls, Thai fish cakes, squid and wing bean tempura with a selection of sauces. All of which went down an absolute treat.
For our main courses, Willum opted for the Chicken in Plum sauce. This was chicken breast coated in panko bread crumbs, served with melon, cucumber and pineapple in a plum sauce. As I’m sure you can tell from the photo, it looks delicious!
I went for a traditional Thai Red Chicken curry. This dish is chicken simmered in coconut and covered in a dried chilli, red curry paste with pineapple, courgettes, Thai aubergine and basil. I asked for extra chilli to make it more spicy too. You can’t beat the curries from Thailand itself but this one did come pretty close.
Throughout the meal, the staff were welcoming, friendly and would constantly keep your glass topped up with water.
I will say, if you are on a budget this may not be the restaurant for you as it is on the more expensive side. However, if you like delicious Thai food and up for spending a little more, I’d definitely recommend checking out Chaophraya. One has recently opened in Aberdeen so I will be visiting there very soon!
What do you think of Chaophraya?
Thanks for reading,