I was sad to see Songkran close down not least because it’s the closest restaurant premises to where my mother, Anne, was born on nearby India Place. Nok’s Kitchen quickly took over, continuing the Thai theme. I paid it a visit on a very brisk Sunday evening.
The interior has had a freshen up but is much in the same style as before with traditional Thai detailing in a signature property with exposed stone walls. It felt smart and vibrant.
The menu covered much of the expected Thai staples, but the menu descriptions packed a quirky charm.
I was lured in both by the curry puff and the beauty crab to start, then the tigercry seemed like the main course for me.
Starters both promptly arrived looking quite bonnie. Doilies were involved in the presentation of both dishes. The puffs were intricate little pies, sort of like biggish empanadas with softly crisp pastry. They were pretty good.
The beauty crab was presented in the style of a retro-posh prawn cocktail. The wrappings were shard crisp and profoundly satisfying. There was some fresh crab on the top of each cone, then the delicious curried crab inside. Together the dishes formed a really impressive starter combo.
The tigercry main course was a sizzle plate of sirloin steak. Given I’d eaten two starters, I swerved rice in favour of roti which proved a sensible choice.
The steak was slightly unevenly cooked but this wasn’t massively unexpected. It was really well seasoned and came with a peppercorn and lemongrass sauce, which worked pretty well. The roti was good and made all the better by dunking it in the spare pepper sauce.
So overall, I really liked Nok’s Kitchen. It felt much less formal, much friendlier and a good bit quirkier than our other Thai options in the city. Consequently, it’s a place I’d be glad to recommend. I’ll definitely be back.
Blythe scores Nok’s
4/5 for food
4/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 16/20
I ate: curry puff, beauty crab, tigercry, roti
I drank: white wine, red wine
I wore: stripy shirt
Total bill: £37.70
Address: 8 Gloucester Street, New Town, Edinburgh EH3 6EG