New dining experience debuts in Edinburgh

Updated: Dec 16, 2021

The global brand, Thai Express, is debuting in Scotland for the first time

Ever wondered what a double-deckered restaurant is? Well, now you can find out for yourself as the first of its kind opens its doors in Edinburgh.

Comprised of seven multilevel booths, Thai Express Kitchen, located at St James Quarter, will offer a fun and private dining experience with lower wooden benches separated by steps that lead to a level above.

This design principle is a nod to that which is commonly found in traditional Southeast Asian eateries, making it not only an authentic Thai food experience but one unique to Scotland's capital, similar to ones from Yard & Coop in Liverpool and Manchester.

The new opening will also be the Canadian brand’s first Scottish venture and will feature an open plan kitchen that utilizes fresh, seasonal produce.

Uzma Pattani, who brought Thai Express to the UK with her partner Sachin, said: “We wanted a restaurant design that will get people talking – and we couldn’t be happier with how the seating has taken shape.

“While it’s like nothing seen before in Scotland, it’s not a gimmick – the layout means that diners will have the privacy of their own booth, while we’re providing something fun and different. It’s adding to the experience.”

Thai Express Kitchen’s launch is a milestone moment for the Canadian brand, which has evolved on its takeaway menus to also offer casual dining and a licensed bar.

Customers will be able to choose from a mostly familiar menu, including pad thai, green curry and papaya salad – however they’ll be encouraged to customise their dish and request their level of spice.

Our taste team were on hand last night, Thursday 9th December, for an advance look at the venue and to try some of their dishes. "The green curry was served with a medium heat, thankfully and was spot on." Sean McMahon, chief taste tester "The basil fried rice was another delicious dish but moved you out of your comfort zone with a crunchy texture as it contained Chilli Crunch (from Woolf's Kitchen) which is a crispy, salty, spicy condiment. Definitely one to try.

Not being a fan of tofu, I was reluctant to give them a go, but I dived in and was pleasantly surprised. They had almost a crunch texture, coated in a chilli sauce and were like eating perfect marshmallows. Very happy I gave these a go and went back for seconds."

St James Quarter continues to move forward with the right balance of stores and hospitality venues, becoming a go to venue for anyone in the city and one we can be proud of.

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