Festive Fun in Edinburgh

So it’s almost time for the Festive fun to begin in Edinburgh once again. It’s a time of year that we love because Edinburgh really knows how to celebrate Christmas in style! There’s loads planned in the City over the next few months and we can’t wait to get cosied up in warm clothing and head out into the dark nights for mulled wine, twinkling lights and tasty treats.

We particularly love the European Christmas Market – this market opens on the 19th November and in our opininion, is one of the best in the UK! We like to browse the tree ornaments and buy one special one to remind us of the last year – soppy, us?!

We’re also looking forward to the Scottish Market this year (26 November – 24 December) and we’re hoping to pick up some festive foodie treats to perk up the holiday.

The 24 Doors of Advent (1 – 24 December) looks like it will be a good thing to do on one of our days off. We fancy taking a peek through the doors of the Royal Lyceum Theatre.

Last but by very means, no least is the Light Night on the 20th November because it ends with the switching on of the christmas tree and the proper start to the Festive season!

If you are looking to fill your tummy while taking part in all these activities then we have a Christmas lunch menu that should fill you up and tide you over quite nicely for a day exploring Edinburgh. Remember and book by calling us on 0131 225 6633 so you can guarantee your table.

Please note that we close the restaurant between 4 and 5pm.

The beautiful art of Thai garnishes

There’s something about Thailand that sets it apart from every other country in the World, it’s rich with colour, stunningly friendly and welcoming and delicate and ornate in it’s beauty. This all follows through to the food from the delicate spices and bright plates down to, what we’re about to talk about, the ornate Thai garnishes.

The art of fruit carving is embedded into Thai culture and the skills and techniques are passes down from one generation to another.It is used to make food offerings, weddings and for entertaining. It is partucularly used to garnish dishes during royal celebrations which harks back to where it all stems from; the palaces of the kings in the Sukhothai period 700+ years ago.

These garnishes need not be hugely complicated but they all share a common theme and that is to bring joy through their beauty. It’s a fantastic (and addictive) hobby as you see how your designs improve and grow. You can jump right in and buy specially designed tools or you can start with your normal kitchen knives etc to see if you enjoy it. To get you started we’ve got a few ideas below that are simple to master but that will create an impression.

Rose garnish

  • Take a tomato and using a knife peel off the skin in one continuous peel
  • Roll up the skin to a tightish roll to form a rose

Try this technique with other fruits and veg such as apples for the top of a coconut rice pudding. Sprinkle with a little sugar and caramalise with a cooking blow torch for a bit of ‘wow’ at your nest dinner party!

Veg flowers

  • Take a vegetable such as a carrot, cucumber or courgette and cut a design out of the skin – you could start off with cutting V shapes out at 12,3,6,and 9 o’clock positions
  • Slice the veg and you’l see the design appear.
  • Experiment with the design and the thickness of the flowers you cut

Get some inspiration

If you’re looking for some inspiration then check out our Pinterest board dedicated to the art of fruit and veg carving.

TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence

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We are very pleased to be able to announce today that we have received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence.

What is a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence?

This has now been running for 6 years and is recognition of a business receiving fantastic customer reviews over the last 12 months. To qualitfy we’ve had to receive consistently high ratings of reviews and see our overall rating as 4 or higher.

“With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor. “This recognition helps travellers identify and book properties that regularly deliver great service. TripAdvisor is proud to play this integral role in helping travellers feel more confident in their booking decisions.”

Thank You

As excited as we are to receive this we realise that we simply couldn’t have done it without all of our wonderful customers taking time out of their day to review us. We truly are grateful to each and every one of you for giving us feeback and in some cases showing us how we can improve. So here it is, a HUGE, MASSIVE THANK YOU to all of you for you fantastic custom over the years and we hope to see you soon.

Join us for Chakri Memorial Day – 6th April

On the 6th April we will be celebrating Chakri Memorial Day at the Thai Orchid. SO if you can’t get to Thailand then visit us instead and have a traditional Thai Meal instead.

What is Chakri Memorial Day?

Chakri Memorial Day is one of the main holiday in Thailand and is to commemorate the founding of the Chakri Dynasty by Phra Phutthayotfa Chulalok (Rama I) who reigned from 20 March 1737 – 7 September 1809 and established Bangkok as the capital of Thailand.

How we celebrate

Generally this is a religious festival and all over Thailand there are religious ceremonies held to  commemorate the Chakri Kings with an emphasis on Rama I.

If you’re in Thailand then a fantastic place to be is the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Throughout the day you will see the national flag proudly raised and offerings of flowers will be placed at the statues of the past kings.

PB Grand Palace Bangkok