True ThaiWhere Celadon traded for many years, True Thai has taken up residence continuing the Thai cooking focus. In a slightly betwixt and between location that had been the main reason for the previous place’s demise I suspect, I popped in for an early evening visit after a tiring day.
I was the first diner of the evening, but was soon enough joined by another couple of tables. The welcome was typically formal and bowing but things soon settled in to attentive, relaxed service.The menu covered all the expected bases with a small selection of house specials. From that I chose the tiger cry for main. I went off piste with the starter choosing jerky pork because what the hell did that mean?
The starter was soon with me looking neat and tidy with the expected flourishing garnishes. It turned out to be marinated strips of pork served with a complex sauce of tamarind, chilli, rice, lime and fish sauce. The pork could have packed a little more flavour but the sauce was delicious. It was a very good start.The sizzling beef to follow was pretty good too and the accompanying rice nicely prepared. It was good rendition of a classic dish.
So overall, True Thai is ploughing much the same furrow as Celadon to a similar standard. I enjoyed my visit but worry about it as a long-term business as trade was not brisk. Give it a whirl next time you are passing.
Blythe scores True 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
I ate: jerky pork, tiger cry, rice
I drank: lager, water
I wore: pinstripes
Total bill: £27
Address: 49-51 Causewayside, Edinburgh, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1QF