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The snazzy Chaophraya chain has earned a reputation for delivering classy Thai food in elegant big-city settings, with smilingly attentive service keeping things up to scratch. A lengthy menu
features staples such as green curry and pad thai alongside more elaborate signature dishes, but the emphasis is always on authentic flavours. A ‘duo of fish’ features sea bass with a punchy
tamarind sauce (as good as a memorable local speciality from Phuket), while flaky cod fillet comes in a subtly spiced Panang sauce. Appetisers include perfectly crisp prawn tempura, finger-licking
marinated pork and duck salad with a vibrant roasted chilli and lime dressing, while street-food pancakes stuffed with pandan leaves, coconut and sticky rice make a sweet finish. Decent Asian
cocktails, international wines and a separate vegetarian menu are further pluses.
Once we managed to walk to the top of the stairs at Chaophraya’s Castle Street location, we realised that we actually needed to go back down a flight and take the elevator to the restaurant, which gives the whole entrance a bit of drama. Not that the place needs any more visual drama; it is smart and the glass room where we were seated hovers over the street and gives an envy-inducing view of Edinburgh Castle.They had nice menus laid out so we would know what was coming along, and we were seated at a long table in the glass room, where the acoustics are not great and we didn’t really get the chance to mix...
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