8 Union Street
+44(0)131 556 4323
Overall score: ★★★☆☆
Phuket Pavilion, located just opposite The Playhouse on the edge of Edinburgh’s New Town, is a firm local favourite for great Thai food. This place has a really good reputation, and we were lucky to get a walk-in table on a Saturday night as the restaurant was pretty much booked out. The place was full of families and couples, celebrating birthdays, having a special pre-theatre dinner, or simply enjoying a weekend meal out – the place had an absolutely buzzing atmosphere and Mr B and I couldn’t wait to try their vegan offering.
Vegan food at Phuket Pavilion
Unfortunately, there’s a little bit of confusion around what dishes are actually vegan at Phuket Pavilion. Rather unhelpfully, some of their vegetable curries are made with fish sauce, even though they are marked ‘vegetarian’ on the menu.
Still, it seems like catering for vegans is something this restaurant does quite often as our waitress was able to rattle off all the suitable options when we told her our requirements. At the time of writing, these are:
- Tod Mun Kao Paod Sweetcorn cakes made with mild curry spices
- Mun Tod Sweet potato sticks coated in a sesame seed batter with sweet chilli sauce
- Pad Hed Mamoung Wild mushrooms stir fried with cashew nuts, peppers and roasted chilli
- Pad Kraprao Pak Spicy stir fried vegetables with fresh chilli, garlic and basil leaves
- Pad Thai Flat rice noodles cooked with tamarind paste, served with sliced lemon, ground peanuts and crushed roasted chilli
- Kao Neaw Steamed sticky rice
Once we had got over the initial menu confusion, we actually really enjoyed our meal. The sweetcorn cakes (always a solid favourite of mine) were delicious with a serving of super-moreish chilli sauce, and the sweet potato fritters were also quite tasty. The mushroom stir fry was done in a lovely sweet sauce that went perfectly with a bowl of sticky rice, while Mr B said the Pad Thai was one of the best he’s ever tasted.
The folks at Phuket Pavilion are clearly really good at rustling up at decent Thai food, and this would be an excellent place to bring your omnivore friends for a good slap-up meal. Just be wary of the menu labelling and if you’re not sure, you can ask your server to keep you on the right track.
Menu info: ★☆☆☆☆
Value for money: ★★★☆☆