Spirit of Thai

Spirit of Thai is a small and cosy restaurant opposite Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre and near the Usher Hall, whose seemingly never-ending refurbishments have caused some disruption to the occupiers of Grindlay St. Our dinner at Spirit of Thai wasn’t planned. Indeed, we were fortuitous for a table to become free, just as we were passing by. The folk behind Edinburgh’s popular Thai Lemongrass and Time 4 Thai restaurants are behind Spirit of Thai. Based on our evidence, it looks like they do a very good job in both quality of food and quality of service.

Goong Phad Nor Mai Farang at the Spirit of Thai, Edinburgh

Before we had taken our seats a complementary bowl of Thai prawn crackers was graciously placed on our table. The staff were amongst the friendliest you could hope for and service of this standard is a fine incentive for a visit to Thailand. Spirit of Thai’s menu has an emphasis on fresh seafood; prawns, seabass, scallops and monkfish all feature. For our starter we shared Thai vegetable spring rolls (Poh Pia Thod - ¬£4.50), which like all creations from Spirit of Thai’s kitchen were presented beautifully and tasted great. Bottles of Singha beer (¬£2.95 each) and tia maria with diet coca-cola (¬£3.15 each) provided the liquid refreshment.

For main I chose Ped Rad Prick Thai Dam (¬£10.50) from the chef’s recommendations section of Spirit of Thai’s menu. This was a superbly cooked duck’s breast, served with shitake mushrooms. The black pepper sauce, entwined with the flavours of the sweet peppers, made this a stand-out dish. It was clearly one of the more enjoyable main courses I’ve eaten so this year. Likewise stir fried king prawns and scallops, served with asparagus and mushrooms (Goong Phad Nor Mai Farang - ¬£13.95) was a lesson in how important well cooked, quality ingredients are. The recipient of this dish was still reciting fond memories of its quality the weekend after. All of this was accompanied by steamed rice (¬£2.40 per bowl).

Spirit of Thai offer a small number of banquet menus, starting at ¬£20.80. A three course lunch costs ¬£7.95 and I’m told this is a popular offer with folk working in the Lothian Road area. The Edinburgh Blog has always regarded Dusit, on Thistle St, as the de facto choice for Thai in Edinburgh; but the high standards and warmth of service at Spirit of Thai prove there are very good Thai dining experiences elsewhere in the city. Recommended.

Spirit of Thai is located at 44 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AP.
Telephone: 0131 228 9333

One Response to “Spirit of Thai”

  1. Jamie & Sinead on March 10th, 2010 at 1:20 am

    After dismissing Pancho Villa’s on the basis of this website and reviews from a few friends and family, we sampled Spirit Of Thai on saturday and found it to be a lovely experience all in all - staff were so courteous and friendly and the food itself was a delight. Especially enjoyed the tempura prawns and vegetable starter with japanese sauce, and the Goong Phad Nor Mai Farang whilst delicious was a healthy enough portion that could be shared by two!

    Will definitely be returning again in the future and wish to thank this blog for helping persuade our choice! :)

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