Graduation is a very special moment in a memory of every student, when they cross the stage and collect their well-deserved diplomas. It is also a great opportunity for family and friends to celebrate with them their achievement and success. Choosing that special place to celebrate it is not easy, but I think we found the perfect spot that ticks all the boxes.
Stylish modern Thai restaurant Chaophraya has the ‘look-at-me’ factor and the menu that will please all tastes. The unique venue with a rooftop restaurant with stunning views of Edinburgh Castle is offering a fusion of delicious authentic cuisine, luxurious surroundings and contemporary cocktails prepared by the best mixologist in the city.
The Graduation Menu at Chaophraya offers a choice of 3 courses + glass of prosecco for £35; great price for a tight student’s budgets. Chaophraya focuses their menus on health and nutrition, therefore all their dishes are colourful and bursting with authentic Thai flavours.
We started with Chicken Satay and Soft Shell Crab Prawn Tempura.
(Classic dish of chicken bamboo skewers, carefully grilled over charcoal, served with homemade peanut sauce and vegetable relish)
This moreish chicken satay with peanut sauce was a real winner. Chicken was cooked to perfection and I loved the sweet nutty sauce to dip in. The fragrant aroma from the grilling added delicious, smokey flavours to the dish.
Soft Shell Crab Prawn Tempura
(Soft shell crab and prawn in a light crispy batter tempura with a sweet chilli dip)
Combination of light and crispy soft shell crab and prawns dipped in sweet chilli dip was heavenly good. The portion was generous and a stack of fresh soft shell crab and prawn tempura disappeared super quickly.
For main course we opted for Weeping Tiger and Chicken Pad Tai
(Chaophraya classic! Grilled aged sirloin steak served on a sizzling plate with a trio of Thai sacuces)
In Thailand, this dish is known as “Weeping Tiger Beef,” or “Crying Tiger Beef.” There are stories connected to name, some stating that the chilies in the sauce made a tiger weep; the other that a tiger cried when his cow has been killed and taken away by the hunter.
Sirloin is my favorite cut of beef, I asked for medium-rare, leaving it extremely tender and full of flavor. Tasty enough to make even a tiger cry 🙂 Weeping tiger was packed full of strong, punchy Thai flavours, you will be amazed how simple ingredients can make such a flavoursome dish.
Chicken Pad Thai
(The national dish if Thailand. Stir-fried rice noodles in tamarind sauce with chicken, spring onions, carrots, egg, tofu, sweet turnip and bean sprouts, topped with lightly pickled vegetables)
One of the most recognisable Thai dishes, full of authentic flavours, Pad thai or phad thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food in Thailand.
During WWII, Thailand suffered from floods that caused rice shortage. The government started then promoting eating noodle instead. As a result, pad thai has become very popular and is now regarded as one of Thailand’s national dishes.
A dish that brings together sweetness, acidity and pure self-indulgence!
For dessert we ordered a sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and a white chocolate box.
Sticky toffee Pudding
(A warm sticky ginger pudding served with a lemon butterscotch sauce, topped with vanilla pod ice cream)
A warm, moist and lovely sticky toffee pudding is always a crowd pleaser. There’s something about the sweet and sticky texture that is so comforting, even on a sunny summer day. The dish was the perfect marriage of stodge and sweetness.
White chocolate box
(White chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis on butter shortbread served with a mini macaroon and passionfruit syrup)
A truly delectable combination of flavours and textures that are light and melt in the mouth. Loved the presentation in a truly fine dining style. Light fluffy chocolate mousse was perfectly combined with summer fruits flavours making it amazingly delicious treat for hot summer days.
If you are looking for a great place to enjoy your big day (and night!) in style, Chaophraya is the place to go. A lovely meal is a great way to celebrate your day and something that you deserve, so why shouldn’t you treat yourself and your family/friends to a delicious 3-course meal that will make your taste buds dance.
4th floor, 33 Castle street Edinburgh EH2 3DN