4th July 2017 6pm
Passorn Brasserie is the second restaurant for Passorn. The Brasserie is situated on Hanover Street, so is a little more central location that their first restaurant in Tollcross. We visited early on a fairly quiet Tuesday. We hadn’t booked but this wasn’t a problem at the time we went. The interiors were slick and polished and gave an impression of space with some cleverly placed mirrors.
Once seated, we were handed both the a la carte and the pre-theatre menus. The pre-theatre menu was good value, with two courses plus a glass of wine or a cocktail for £19.50, so we decided to go for that. Chilli symbols on menu indicated heat, which seemed to be accurate based on the taste of the food. I chose the Tom Yum Kai (chicken hot and sour soup) followed by the Panang Kai (creamy red chicken curry). My dining companion went for the Pla Chao Wang (crispy sea bass Thai salad) followed by Kaeng Keaw Wan (Thai green curry with king prawns). We also ordered a cocktail each – Pink Passion and Thai smile – both of which were excellent.
We were not waiting long before our starters arrived and smelt amazing. My soup was perhaps a little hot for me (I should have heeded the chilli symbol!) but it had lovely flavour, permeated with fresh Thai herbs. The chicken was particularly moist and the contents were plentiful. On the other side of the table, the salad was fresh and vibrant. It came with mango, cashew nuts and a tasty lime juice dressing.
The mains were served in cute little bowls and automatically come with steamed fragrant Thai rice (as is the same with all the mains). My red chicken curry was delicious. It was beautifully was creamy and thick, without being gloopy. Again, the chicken was excellent. The peppers were also great and added an extra element to the dish. My friend was equally enjoying her green curry. This definitely had more heat in than the red, which suited her palate.
Overall we had a nice experience at Passorn Brasserie and offers good value for their pre-theatre menu.
Food – 7/10
Service – 9/10
Atmosphere – 7/10
Value – 9/10
Overall – 32/40
Would I eat here again? Yes
Cost £39 for two pre-theatre meals consisting of two courses and a cocktail each.