Scotland | Dinner at Passorn Thai, Edinburgh

The fact that I just typed "Dinner at Passorn, Thailand" rather than Edinburgh pretty much sums up this post!

The night before our holiday we found ourselves staying at a hotel at Edinburgh airport to catch our early morning flight. Not wanting to dine on Premier Inn's finest (I'm sure it's perfectly tasty!) we took a trip into the city centre. Our plan was to eat at the recently opened Voyage of Buck in the west end, but as we arrived to a crowd of rowdy blokes and a bustling bar, my mistake suddenly dawned on me. It was a Saturday night in Edinburgh, after a big rugby game at Murrayfield and we hadn't booked a table. The Voyage of Buck will have to wait until another day but lesson learned - I'll be making reservations next time!

Cocktail being poured into a glass

After being turned away from various George Street restaurants, we turned onto Hanover Street. I recognised the Passorn name, checked out the menu and popped inside. My heart sank as we were told they had no tables available... but they did have two seats at the bar! I was beginning to think I'd be chowing down at KFC for the evening so you can imagine my relief! We jumped at the chance and were guided to the gilded marble bar, where we could enjoy the buzz and watch the bartenders at work.

Thai Smile cocktail and Appletize

While Gordon sipped on the poshest looking glass of Appletize I've ever seen, I switched to holiday mode and opted for a passionfruit and pineapple cocktail - the Thai Smile. A couple of starters kicked off our meal and mine in particular stole the show.

Chicken skewers with satay sauce
Chor Moang - purple dumplings filled with spicy pork and peanuts

Satay chicken is a classic Thai dish that never goes wrong, and Passorn's take lived up to expectations. My beautifully presented, surprisingly lavender coloured flower dumplings were on a whole other level! A delicious mix of pork and peanut flavourings with just a hint of spice. Look out for "Chor Moang" on the menu - I'd highly recommend them!

Chicken pad Thai with a tulip shaped carrot on the side

Our main course was another Thai classic as we both decided on the less adventurous chicken Pad Thai. Again the dish was presented well with the tulip carrot a nice touch, and it tasted as good as it looked. I like that the crushed peanuts and chilli are served on the side so you can add as much or as little of each as you like. Gordon likes his spicy and I like mine as nutty as possible!

All in all, we had a great experience at Passorn. Delicious food and first class service. It just goes to show that sometimes it's ok to go with the flow and see what you find. We couldn't have stumbled across a better restaurant if we tried!

Where's your favourite Edinburgh restaurant?

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