Passorn is one of the many Thai restaurants in Edinburgh, but is fast becoming my all time favourite in Edinburgh. Situated at Brougham Place, they brand themselves as ‘angelic thai dining’ and I couldn’t agree more. This review covers my second visit to Passorn, the first being an evening group meal where the atmosphere was great, with food and service faultless.
Last Friday, my companion and I were warmly welcomed at lunchtime by the waitresses who thought they would be able to use their native tongue over lunch as I greeted them in Thai and asked how they were, but it wasn’t to be. My Thai language skills finish with ‘thank you very much’ – but it’s always nice to make the effort with the little I do know.
They do a 3 course express business lunch for £7.95 which is exceptionally good value. My dining partner opted for the Thai beef salad topped with rice and Passorn sauce for starter and I chose the vegetarian dish of taro in filo pastry with sweet chilli and peanut sauce.
The Thai beef salad was presented imaginatively, but a little too spicy for her (she was forewarned it was hot) so I helped clear the plate. My starter was delicious with the sauce warming up my tastebuds for the main course.
We both ordered the thai green curry and were given a choice of how hot we would like it and settled on a ‘little under medium’.
The curry was served with a tower of sticky rice and was beautifully flavoured and the chicken succulent. The dish was a taste sensation.
We were both full after 2 courses, but the waitress offered us a scoop of ice cream (choice of 3 flavours) and the dessert finished our meal off nicely.
Tea and coffee was only an additional £0.90 to finish off the meal. With non-alcholic drinks, lunch for 2 people was under £20 (+ tip).
Verdict? Delicious and authentic Thai food in a beautifully decorated restaurant. I enjoyed it so much last week that I returned yesterday for my birthday dinner and can report the quality and service was equally high as my first two visits.
Suitable for disabled? Yes, on ground even access and the toilets are on the same floor but quite narrow to get into the cubicles.