WALKING into Sing Thai, the waft of smells coming from the kitchen is hard to resist. With just a few tables – and almost all of them full on a Thursday night – a wonderfully cosy and welcoming atmosphere is created and it feels like being in a family home.
• Sing Thai, 42 St Stephen Street, 0131-226 5877, www.singthai.co.uk
We chose a South African Chenin Blanc (£13.95) from a “standard” restaurant wine list. With a range from soups to curries to stir fries, the menu is potential overwhelming but is clearly laid out and well explained.
Unable to choose between the tempting starter options, we opted for the mixed starter (£6.95 each). With chicken spring rolls, tempura king prawns, chicken toast with sesame seeds (á la Chinese prawn toast), Thai-style fishcakes and marinated chicken on a bamboo skewer, it was quite a feast.
The rolls were crisp and full of flavour, the prawns juicy, chicken toasts crunchy and moreish, the fishcakes fragrant with lemongrass, although slightly more cooked than I have had before, and the chicken skewer so tender it literally fell apart. Sweet chilli, peanut and cucumber dips on the side were all delicious and matched perfectly.
To follow, we shared the Pad Med Mamuang (£9.90) with chicken from the stir fry section, the Chu Chi Talay (£13.95) and Thai rice with coconut milk (£2.95).
The chicken in the stir fry was as tender as the starter skewers and the roasted cashew nuts irresistible. A tad spicier than our palettes could handle, the sweet rice helped immensely as leaving any of it was not an option.
Our seafood curry was a mixture of large mussels, squid, scallops and king prawns in a creamy red Thai sauce. Aside from the squeaky squid which was a tad chewy, it was a dish neither of us would ordinarily choose but would both revisit.
With a comfortable atmosphere and friendly staff, this is perfect for a casual supper – and does takeaway if you can’t secure a table.