When you hear there’s a roof top terrace on Castle Street, you know it’s going to be a place to remember, and we weren’t let down by the spectacular Chaophraya. I had been before so knew how special it is, but my partner had never been so it made sense to save it for a special occasion – his birthday!
I booked the table directly with Chaophraya and asked for a table in their “glass box” – please note, not all tables in their restaurant are seated in their glass box, you will need to book far in advance to have one of these lucky seats! Not only did we get a seat in their glass box – we got the best seat in the house!! It’s possibly the best view of the historical Edinburgh Castle in the entire city, and my boyfriend (being a history teacher), advised he was “speechless” as we walked through to our table (girlfriend points… tick! 🙂 ).
Onto the food – we like to try as much as possible when we visit new restaurants, so we opted for the banquet PING meal. This meant that we had several dishes to share between us. For starters we each had a taste of chicken satay, Thai fish cakes, chicken spring rolls, tempura prawns and a papaya salad. This starter was the perfect size for a light bite before moving onto richer dishes.
Following this, we managed to share Thai Green Chicken Curry, King Prawn with Ginger, Mixed Greens & Mushroom Stir-Fry, Pad Thai Noodles and Steamed Jasmine Rice. All of these dishes were delicious, however, I was blown away with the sauce the stir-fry had been cooked in – I could eat the tenderstem broccoli every day and never tire of it. The portions were ample with us being unable to finish everything, but that was certainly no reflection of the flavours.
As far as the service goes, the team at Chaophraya went above and beyond to ensure we had a fantastic time – this included a surprise birthday cake (even when I hadn’t requested one)! Needless to say, my boyfriend was slightly embarrassed when all the staff surrounded us singing “Happy Birthday”, but this soon passed once he realised it was a melting chocolate bombe with Thai whiskey ice-cream (picture a kid at Christmas)!
April turned out to be the most wonderful time of the year to dine here, it meant that we arrived in day light, saw a beautiful sunset over the castle, and left behind the fantastic view of city lights. It was at this point we tip-toed across the street for a late-night Espresso Martini in the classy & cosy Copper Blossom – but that’s a story for another day.
Thank you Chaophraya for earning me serious girlfriend points on a special day – we had the most wonderful time, and may just have to return again next year (or preferably sooner)!
To book – follow this link: http://chaophraya.co.uk/edinburgh/
Price: ££, not the most expensive place in the city, but with these views, it should be!