Having gained the taste of Thai food from Edinburgh’s excellent Dusit restaurant, and not having the ingredients nor interest to prepare a home-cooked meal, I ordered in some Thai takeaway from Ayutthaya on Nicholson St in Edinburgh. This was through grub2u.com. [see more reviews of grub2u in the takeaway section or by searching The Edinburgh Blog for grub2u]
Anyhow things started off badly with grub2u throwing a spanner in the works. After entering my postcode (to list available restaurants for my locale) I spent a good 10 minutes browsing the menu of ‘Thai 2 go @ Domethong’. I placed the order and less than 10 minutes later the restaurant phoned back and advised they were located in Portobello and would not deliver as far as Edinburgh city centre. A complaint mail to grub2u promptly ensued - Thai 2 go should not be listed as delivering for my postcode.
The other choice was Ayutthaya. Here I ordered, for two of us:-
- Por Pea Tord (¬£3.50). aka Thai Spring rolls
- Geang Keow Wan (¬£5.95). aka Pork in fairly hot green curry
- Gaeng Supparod (¬£5.90). aka Chicken in red curry
- 2 lots of Kao Plao (¬£1.30 each). aka fragrant steamed rice
Delivery was within half an hour, so very prompt. The delivery man was friendly and had brought all the goods in a nice plastic carrier. I thoroughly checked the order, given my previous experience with takeaways from grub2u not delivering the full order contents. There was no such problem with Ayutthaya. The food was also piping hot. So full marks to Ayutthaya in this sense.
And I have to say the food was rather tasty indeed. The spring rolls, or por pea tord if you prefer, were delicious and with the accompanying sauce were an absolute treat. I guess spring rolls like this lend themselves well to takeaway food orders. The rice was, thankfully, as described :-) Both curries were very good indeed for a takeaway order. The green curry had a nice sting in its tail and contained a generous portion of decent quality pork strips. The red curry, which I thought the nicer of the two, was done well too and provided a milder taste. The amount of coconut in each was just right. Perhaps there was slightly too much of the ‘curry sauce’ in each, but this is common with takeaways filling their delivery dishes to the brim. Overall this quality takeaway compensated well for the fact our first choice Thai takeaway (Thai 2 go @ Domethong) did not deliver to us.
I’d never heard of Ayutthaya before for takeaway Thai food, but with excellent service and very good quality takeaway it’s a place I’m happy to have tried and will use again in the future. Bottom line: A good Edinburgh Thai takeaway.