I’d had one of those typical Edinburgh wanders, at lunchtime, today. I’d popped in to Field to make a booking for lunch, for a couple of weeks hence, then separately bumped into two of the people that joined on our quest to Field, earlier in the year. Spooky.
After a further stroll around in the sunshine, I was ready to eat, though I was in a somewhat indecisive mood. Eventually, I spotted the sign for Chang Thai, offering a keenly priced lunch, so made my way just off Cockburn Street, to their cosy little premises.
Their lunchtime menu keeps things simple, with classic Thai dishes served in daytime portion sizes. I opted for their chicken tom yum, followed by their massaman curry.
The soup appeared promptly, brought by the smiling and efficient waitress. It didn’t look the most elegant dish in history. It proved to be solidly good, with tender slices of chicken, whole cherry tomatoes and mushrooms, but was a little on the mild side in terms of fragrance and spicing. In that regard, in was too polite for my tastes.
The main course fell into the same traps. The chicken, potatoes and carrots were soft and nicely flavoured with coconut, but the nuts were curiously soft, too, rather than offering a different, crunchy texture. There was a lack of depth to the aromatic flavouring, also. It was pleasant and nice, but not much beyond that.
So overall, Chang Thai served me two decent courses, but didn’t really make a compelling case for itself, flavour wise. There are better, bolder Thai places in the city, so I’m not sure this would be on my shortlist of places to revisit.
Blythe scores Chang Thai
3/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 13/20
Today’s quester was: Blythe
I ate: chicken tom yum, chicken massaman
I drank: water
I wore: tweeds
Total bill: £7.95