Mon 29 Feb 2016
I’ve always liked the look of this rooftop restaurant. Years ago it was called Olorosso and I went there for cocktails, thinking I would love to return one day for a meal. It has since been transformed into Chaophraya and it looks even more glamorous than before. It is now a Thai fine dining restaurant and I went along last Tuesday with my husband for dinner. We don’t get out on our own much, so this was a real treat!
I loved the design of the interior, inspired by modern Bangkok. Warm amber colours with mirror, chrome and black gloss details. When I made the reservation I requested a table in the “glass box” overlooking Edinburgh Castle, but someone had already booked it. Instead, we sat in a lovely area of the restaurant for couples and small groups, next to the large fish tank. It was very busy for a Tuesday night, so we were happy in this quiet area away from the larger tables.
The staff were very polite and took our order quickly, which was good because we were very hungry! For starters we ordered the Asian Platter to share (chicken satay, prawn tempura, chicken spring rolls, marinated pork with honey and Thai herbs, crispy duck salad). Then for mains I chose the Massaman Lamb Curry and my husband had stir fried Chicken with Cashew Nuts, both with Coconut Rice. We shared a bottle of Gewurztraminer wine with this.
The food was completely amazing. The starter platter was delicious and it was nice to try a few different things. My favourite was definitely the marinated pork. My main was quite possibly the best curry I have ever tasted. It was a very large portion and I ate far too much as it was impossible to stop eating. So I did feel a bit too full afterwards. We could have easily shared one curry between us. My husband enjoyed his food too, although he did find a dried chilli in his main that was hotter than the sun. Not sure he was actually supposed to eat that!
We had a wonderful time at Chaophraya. Beautiful food and drink in gorgeous surroundings. The meal came to about £80 in total for two courses each and a bottle of wine. We felt it was definitely worth it for such a special fine dining experience.
Chaophraya, 33 Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3DN