Being invited to sample Chaophraya’s Graduation Menu filled me with joy. Not only do I love Thai food, but it’s been significantly longer than I care to remember since my graduation, and I felt I was a due a repeat performance.
We were delighted to be seated in the terrace area of Edinburgh’s Chaophraya. With views of the castle, (even if the rain was pouring down), this sheltered ‘outdoor/indoor’ glass terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a glass of celebratory fizz. After all, you’ve worked hard for it for four years, you deserve it.
Thai food at Chaophraya – a reason to celebrate
The Graduation Menu offers a choice of three courses and a glass of prosecco, all for £35. A usually pricey restaurant, this menu ensures that this very special occasion is enjoyable for all the family, at a reasonable price.
We started with Soft shell crab and prawn in a tempura batter with a sweet chilli dip, (Bhoo Nim & Koong Choop Pang Tod) and one of our favouites, chicken satay with peanut sauce, (Satay Gai).
The crab and prawns were light and crispy, the perfect start to our meal – especially after being dipped into the sweet chilli sauce. The satay were equally delicious, smokey and charred on a charcoal barbecue.
A chilli kick
Next up, we went half and half. First of all, we enjoyed a Thai Green Curry (Gaeng Keow Wan Gai). Tender chicken breast simmered in coconut milk was served with Thai aubergine, sugar snap peas and garnished with sweet basil and chillies. Served with coconut rice, this dish had great flavour and a real kick.
Across the table, I enjoyed a rather hearty portion of Pad Thai. As the national dish of Thailand, this noodle dish is a favourite of many people. Stir-fried rice noodles served in tamarind sauce with grilled chicken, spring onions, carrots, egg, tofu, sweet turnip and bean sprouts, and topped with lightly pickled vegetables – what’s not to love?
Up next? Pudding.
Despite both feeling extraordinarily full, we splurged our weekly calorie allowance on pudding. Don’t worry, I’m only joking – I refuse to be limited by small restrictions like calories!
We ordered a white chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis, mini macaroon and passion fruit syrup. Although supposed to be served with crumbly shortbread, it was instead served with meringue shards and nuts – a combination I much preferred, although not particularly Thai.
To finish our meal, we ordered another pudding which was certainly not traditional Thai food – Sticky Toffee Pudding. A little different for a Thai menu perhaps, but Chaophraya’s Thai chefs love this traditional British dessert and have tweaked the recipe with a hint of ginger and lemon, adding a little Thai twist.
All in all, a delicious meal at very reasonable price. Go on, treat yourself, you earned it.
Find them: 4th Floor, 33 Castle St, Edinburgh EH2 3DN
Contact them: www.chaophraya.co.uk/edinburgh // 0131 226 7614