I seem to be on a bit of a Thai kick at the moment. Maybe I’m scenting the lemongrass-infused finish line on the Thai places in Edinburgh, but if I am I think my sense of smell must be good, as there’s still a considerable number of places to go.
Thai Lemongrass, in Bruntsfield is a place I’ve visited before. I have a clear recollection of a memorably good steamed whole fish, from many years ago, so I was confident that I’d be served very well, when I crossed the threshold.
I haven’t talked about cornicing for a while, but I was glad to see that this place would afford me the opportunity. It was intricate work, and blended nicely with the Buddha detailing, for a classic feel.
The menu was typically broad and comprehensive. I was tempted by my newly pioneered soup and salad approach, but my eye was caught by their pad Thai. I’d recently been to Thai Kitchen and thought their version very poor, then heard a couple of voices proclaiming it as really good, so I thought I’d better check in with a restaurant version, as a reference point.
But first there was soup. I went for tom kha gai and I was richly rewarded, as it was a soup with lovely balance and profuse chicken pieces. It was very good.
The main course was a really good dish, too. It was flavour-packed, reinforcing my lukewarm reaction to other recent Pad Thai dishes, with lovely prawns and real complexity for my palette to consider.
So overall, there was a lot to like at Thai Lemongrass. Their dishes are prepared with precision and care. Their tom kha was beautifully balanced, and the pad Thai hit the spot very nicely. I’d be happy to point you in their direction, next time you’re looking quality Thai food.
Blythe scores Thai Lemongrass
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
4/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: tom kha gai; prawn pad Thai
I drank: house white, water
I wore: red, white and blue
Total bill: £22.40