There is no mistaking Chaophraya is one beautifully decorated restaurant and when you walk in you’ll understand the phrase ‘location is everything’ because this has to be one of ‘the’ prime restaurant locations in the city. And even on the most dreichest of dreich days the view down Castle Street sweeping up to Edinburgh Castle is breathtaking.
We visited to try out their new breakfast menu at Chaophraya and we were seated in the glass conservatory, the perfect viewing platform for that view.
We perused the menu after we ordered a Breakfast tea, a Latte and a Lychee Juice. If you are an avid reader of my blog, you will know I go weak at the knees for a good teapot and a cuppa tea and this breakfast tea certainly made my knees buckle. Glass teacup and saucer and a glass teapot most certainly made for the perfect brew. A wee boomerang video here. The coffee was silky and smooth – one of the best coffees in the Burgh. The Lychee Juice was cold and refreshing.
The menu is as the restaurant, sleek and stylish and not overly complicated. You can opt for Khao Tom Thai Soup – a breakfast rice broth with minced pork and chilli, or the Coconut Pancakes with blueberries.
We ordered the Filled Thai Roti with Cherry Tomato, Asian Sausage and Streaky Bacon. The roti was cooked well and filled full. If you are hungry however I’d order more fillings as you can wolf this down in no time. The Asian sausage has a very strong garlic hit and the sweet thai chilli sauce is a nice addition.
Also order was the Smashed Avocado on toasted Sourdough with poached eggs and cherry tomatoes with an addition of the Asian Sausage. Unfortunately the eggs were slightly underdone for my liking but what a delicious combo of flavours!
The avocado was perfectly ripe and the yolk of the eggs perfectly runny. Check out my yolk video here.
We couldn’t resist the sound of the Mixed Fruit Platter Thai Style and we weren’t disappointed. A gorgeous bright colourful fruit bowl of melon, dragonfruit, strawberries, blueberries, physalis fruit (Cape gooseberries) and pineapple was delivered to the table along with a wee pot of thick warm chocolate sauce. Yum! I’ve no doubt the fruit platter contents will vary depending one what’s in season, what’s available and what’s ripe.
There are alot of restaurants in Edinburgh that are now serving up breakfast so the choice is yours but if you want something were East meets West in a very subtle way and caters for both palates; if you want somewhere to watch the city waken up and you want a view unlike any other then Chaophraya on Castle Street is your breakfast table.
Chaophraya, 4th floor, 33 Castle Street, Edinburgh Tel : 0131 2267614 www.chaophraya.co.uk
My Spoon Award : Silver 8/10