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We were on the lookout for somewhere new to eat around the Tollcross area and stumbled upon Passorn Thai. Edinburgh has so many great Thai restaurants, fingers crossed this would be one of them.
Upon entering we were provided with a warm welcome, service is always so precise and pleasant in Thai restaurants and this was no different.
For starters we ordered Spring Rolls and Khu Muan – Mr and Mrs (King Prawns), we also requested a bottle of water and the restaurant’s finest house white wine.
Mr and Mrs Prawn were a match made in heaven, whilst not clear in the menu we assumed that Mr Prawn was the one wearing the filo suit, smartly dressed and ready for consumption. Mrs Prawn wore a frilly number, a lightly batter and very fancy. Both prawns were cooked to perfection, EdinBloggette’s favourite was Mr Prawn whilst I preferred Mrs Prawn. Both were a delight though and an excellent start to our meal.
Our second starter was beautifully presented and packed with flavour, the little parcels of pleasure were gone in a flash.
Throughout our starter the attentive staff constantly kept our water and wine topped up, I thought this level of service was a lovely touch whilst EdinBloggette found it a little much – she started to think we were being watched rather than waited on. Two disagreements already in the same night, first preference on prawns and then views on the refills, who knew what we would disagree on next.
If I’m in a Thai restaurant I’ll order a Green Curry, it’s my go to meal and provides a good basis for comparison between restaurants. EdinBloggette is more adventurous and opted for Pad Cha, clearly drawn in by the description “this dish is for those who love spicy food”. When ordering our mains we were asked what level of spice we would like, from 1 to 5, EdinBloggette played safe with a Level 3 whilst I pushed the boat out and visited Level 4.
The Pad Cha arrived and looked lovely, a great mix of chilli, aubergine, basil and chicken. As it turns out Level 3 was pretty spicy, it was incredibly tasty though – the water soon came in handy, no longer did constant refills seem like a bad idea.
The Thai Green curry was milder than the Pad Cha, the heat from the chilli would creep up on you and give a tight hug rather than jump out from an alley and scream at you. The dish was so creamy and chicken was lovely and tender, bite after bite I was starting to think we may have stumbled upon the best Thai to date in Edinburgh (this would require more discussion and could not be based on my curry alone).
To accompany the two mains we ordered a steamed rice with coconut and crispy onion. This was a source of relief for EdinBloggette, the slightly creamy nature of the rice provided a little relief from the spice of the Pad Cha and absorbed the sauce from the Thai Green Curry almost as well as me.
Disagreements were now a thing of the past, we both really enjoyed our meals and were already planning our return given the restaurant’s proximity to the theatre and cinema.
Once we finished our meals we offered up our praise to the waiter and mentioned that the Level 3 Pad Cha was much hotter than Level 4 Green Curry. We were told it was the nature of that dish and also advised that a customer once went off menu and ordered a Level 6 Pad Cha – this was apparently quite a challenge (and one I don’t think we’ll be ready for).
We were lucky to have stumbled upon Passorn, the tagline is Angelic Thai Dining, which is entirely justified given the heavenly combinations in flavour. We’ll be certain to return to try out some of the other dishes, after a brief discussion we agreed that Passorn has to be the best Thai we’ve had in Edinburgh to date, totally Thairrific and worthy of our EdinBraw seal of approval.