I’d been meaning to pay Bluerapa Thai a visit for ages, and this notion was strengthened after recently munching their Pad Thai at the Sunday Edinburgh Market, outside the Commonwealth Pool.
An unassuming little spot on Torphichen Place, they’ve built a solid reputation, over recent years, for high quality, low cost Thai food. They also offer BYO, making them an even more attractive option, cost wise.
The exterior doesn’t look entirely promising, but inside is quite smartly appointed. Seats are comfortable, and the feel of the place is much more relaxed that some of the other, more formal Thai restaurants in the city.
Their menu offers a good range of options, without being overly lengthy. It took me a good while to choose, as there were a lot of dishes I wanted to try.
After some help from the lovely waitress, I settled upon the Yum, a traditional Thai hot and sour salad, with roast duck, to start, followed by the “drunken” king prawns, with yellow noodles.
The place is a popular spot for takeout, so while things were relatively quiet in terms of sit-in customers, there were a steady stream of folks collecting food to eat at home.
My starter was soon with me, and it looked rather good. It proved to be a delicious balance of tastes and textures, with wonderfully complex depth of flavour. I was delighted with it.
As I quite often find with Thai places, often due to my own poor ordering choices, the main course wasn’t quite as good. The prawns came in a pleasingly gingery sauce, but the noodles were a little characterless. Things were solidly good, without hitting the heights of the yum.
So overall, I thought Bluerapa Thai was really good. There are a number of other dishes on their menu, not least their hot and sour soup, that I’m keen to try, so I look forward to revisiting. Thai food is often quite steeply priced, without the concomitant quality. It was entirely refreshing to see very reasonably priced dishes delivered to this impressive standard. I’d be happy to recommend that you pay Bluerapa a visit.
Blythe scores Bluerapa Thai
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
3.5/5 for service
giving an overall 14/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: roast duck yum; drunken prawns, yellow noodles
I drank: green tea
I wore: brown suit
Total bill: £17.85