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Passorn is the definition of a hidden gem; unassuming from the outside, but with the same secret sparkle as amethyst or emerald, it captivates you as soon as it catches your eye. Its location on a reasonably quiet thoroughfare between Tollcross and the Meadows means Passorn isn’t the sort of place you’d probably happen upon by chance. But it is the sort of place you should happen upon on purpose. It is, dare I say it, almost certainly the best Thai restaurant in all of Edinburgh.

What we ate: Thai spring rolls; spicy tenderloin beef salad; Angel curry & coconut rice.

The taste of the food more than matches up to the modern presentation of the dishes, the understated elegance of the decor and the welcoming friendliness of the staff. It’s the sort of food that’s impossible to recreate at home; the flavours are subtle yet complex, too illusive to pinpoint exactly. As well as using fresh Scottish produce, Passorn import their own specialist herbs, spices and vegetables straight from Thailand to give their food that little something special.

Choosing your dish is always a difficult task, but the restaurant’s signature dish and namesake, the Angel Curry, is divine, and keep your eyes open for any mention of scallops on the specials menu as they are always cooked to sweet, fragrant perfection. Passorn does the classics, like Pad Thai or Chicken Satay, very well, but I’d suggest veering down the road less travelled and trying something different like the crispy duck coated in tamarind sauce. No matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed.

23-23a Brougham Place, Edinburgh, EH3 9JU
Best for: special celebrations