Passorn Brasserie – SADLY NOW CLOSED
I have very vivid memories of our visit to Passorn in Tollcross, a few years back. We were there on behalf of match.com so we went as a jolly little threesome. MJ was in a hilariously foul mood for some reason and Hannah ordered a red curry that nearly killed her with the chilli heat. Ah, romance.
Anyhoo, the place was awarded a coveted Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2015 and then came a second branch, Passorn Brasserie on Hanover Street. I headed there on a blustery evening to check it out.
It wasn’t my first visit as I’d popped in towards the end of a quiet service a few months previously. I’d had a bit of a mixed time and found the food a bit underwhelming. I suspected I hadn’t caught them on best form hence the revisit.
This time the place was a little busier so the atmosphere was rather more lively. The interior, once home to our first ever quest, Tapa, and the dreadful Ashoka, is quite stylish and the best use of the space I’ve seen so far.
I was shown to a table on their slightly raised dining area and left to contemplate the menu. After much deliberation I settled upon the Bangkok (prawn and fish) cakes to start then followed with the duck and noodles.
The starter arrived looking neat and tidy. One was a very tightly textured prawn cake. It was an accurate rendition I’m sure but it wasn’t for me. The cod cake was lighter and in a crisper crumb, but it still didn’t really land a blow.
The main course was a similar misfire. The duck was fine but the texture wasn’t helped by the partial battering. The supposedly crisp onions on top weren’t crisp. The noodles were noodles. The accompanying wine was conspicuously ordinary.
So overall, I feel like I have a complete blindspot for Passorn Brasserie. I hear routinely strong reports from good judges of Thai food but I just can’t find the good dishes on their menu. My view is go and make up your own mind, but I would be careful with ordering as it has a few weak dishes to navigate around.
I ate: Bangkok cakes; duck, noodles
I drank: white wine, red wine, water
I wore: some maroon
Total bill: £44
Address: 97 Hanover Street, Edinburgh EH2 1DJ