Thai Express Opens first restaurant and bar in Edinburgh

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Globally recognised brand, Thai Express Kitchen, is opening its first ‘kitchen’ venture in Scotland and its first restaurant in the UK, in Edinburgh.

The casual dining and licensed bar, an expansion beyond its standard take-away menu,  will launch within St James Quarter this month, a milestone moment for the Canadian brand.

Thai Express Kitchen has existing venues in Croydon, Wembley and Birmingham, as the first ‘kitchen’ venue, Edinburgh will be their eighth and largest setting – featuring 100 covers.

It’s an exciting moment for Uzma and Sachin Pattani, who brought the 300-outlet “Thai Express” brand to the UK in 2012.

He said: “In our view Thai food is the most exciting cuisine in the world. We can’t wait to open our doors and bring the Thai Express brand to Edinburgh and Scotland.

“I got involved with the brand because I am a Thai food obsessive. I wanted to find the world’s best Pad Thai and bring it to these shores. We can cater for people just like me, who’ll go to lengths to find the best Southeast Asian food.

“Likewise we’re fiercely proud to be affordable and accessible. This cuisine should be opened up to everyone – and our chefs are happy to adapt and listen to the customer.

“Edinburgh will shake up the stale food-to-go market, giving an alternative to pre-packed sandwiches, while also offering our first restaurant setting in the UK.”

The eatery, within the £1billion St James Quarter’s Leith street Eats area. For the first time in the UK it will bring innovative “double decker” seating pods, giving groups a mix of privacy and fun to add to the experience.

Originally from Canada, Thai Express is now featured in more than 6 countries. It is the global leading brand for fast casual Thai Dining – and it attracts a wide audience, from families to students to office workers, with a combination of fresh food at a reasonable price.

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