I’d heard a couple of good mentions for Spirit of Thai, over the course of the past few weeks, so when I found myself in need of some dinner, one evening, I took the chance to check things out for myself.
Visits to other Edinburgh Thai places have led me to the conclusion that a reliable way to go is to pin your allegiance to Thai soups and salads, as all too often we’ve had great fun with starters, but not so much luck with main courses.
When contemplating the Spirit of Thai menu, which was much in the same format as Time 4 Thai, I was immediately drawn to tom yum followed by the seafood salad, so ordered them up, with a beer to accompany.
With a moment to wait before the soup arrived, I had a chance to take in the simple surroundings, which had room for around thirty diners, in one single dining space. It was quite sleek and elegant.
I didn’t have long to ponder before my smart looking soup was with me. It was as good a tom yam as I’ve had in the city. The first sensation was the aroma of fresh coriander, which was soon matched with further warm aromatics, once I dived in with a spoon. It was a spice-packed delight, with wonderfully complex zing permeating each spoonful. The pieces of chicken were soft and succulent, too, making this a thoroughly delightful start to proceedings.
The main course salad was equally fresh and bright, with lovely crispness throughout, and a good selection of seafood. Tender scallops, nicely prepared squid, and juicy prawns worked in harmony with the vegetables to create a dish of balance and harmony, with plenty of chilli kick, for good measure.
So overall, Spirit of Thai is one of the best Thai restaurants I’ve visited in the city. It served two excellent dishes, both of which packed considerable punch. The place was full of charm, and the service was measured and confident. I’d heartily recommend a visit to this place, next time you’re looking for a high quality Thai meal.
Blythe scores Spirit of Thai
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
I ate: tom yam gai; yam talay
I drank: lager
I wore: blue shirt
Total bill: £20.30