If you like Thai, you will like Dusit. I guess that sums this fantastic Thai restaurant on Edinburghâ€™s Thistle St up pretty well. Dusit has an excellent reputation among those â€˜in the knowâ€™ in Edinburgh. It really isnâ€™t difficult to see why: the quality of their food is absolutely terrific. And this was just a Lunch. I canâ€™t wait to try their full menu for dinner.
Being a Friday we had to book in advance, although for large lunch groups I would recommend this any day of the week. For dinner booking is a must. By 1.30pm all tables were occupied with suited types from the many nearby offices and families out for a treat.
For lunch there is a sole two course menu available, with five starters and five mains. The two courses cost a reasonable Â£10.95. I started off with â€˜Kanom jeepâ€™, which is pork and prawn dim sum. This was terrific - and the accompanying dip was a fantastic complement. Although, the Chicken satay looked mightily impressive as did the Tempura prawns. The staff here are extremely friendly: welcoming you into the restaurant and remaining attentive throughout.
For main I had â€˜Ped sareeâ€™, which is duck stir fry. This was served in a separate dish with a generous quantity of stripped duck included with the broccoli, cauliflower and peppers. I was very impressed with the portion size and quality of the food. Rice was served in a large bowl to every one at our table by the waiter, who then left the bowl. There really was ample rice, and we ended up leaving a fairly large portion. After the main course there was no doubt: Dusit does excellent Thai food.
Desert means paying extra, but I would imagine not many persons have any room left after two filling courses. However I persevered onto the â€˜Kluay Khai Cheuamâ€™ (Â£3.95). This was a â€˜daintyâ€™ banana covered in syrup served with a stunning mango sorbet. My only criticism here would be the deserts were served at different times and my dish in particular came out after everyone else had finished their deserts e.g. coconut ice cream. Perhaps this is the kitchen not expecting many desert orders at Lunch - but when I eat, I like to do so at the same time as other diners in my party.
Dusit also serves Thai beer, of which I had an excellent glass of Singhai: a good lager.
For lunch, and from what I have seen/heard for dinner, Dusit is *the* choice for Thai food in Edinburgh. This Thistle St restaurant has a nice and warm feel to it and is decorated minimally, yet effectively. Service was without fault - bar the time differences in desert delivery. The quality of the dishes was superb, especially the dim sum starter I had. Dusit is unquestionably my preferred choice for Thai food in Edinburgh, and I wholly recommend a visit. Letâ€™s hope this excellent restaurant sustains the current high standards.
They also have a website, where you can find an online menu.