Ka Pao Edinburgh

Ka Pao Edinburgh

New Town

Ka Pao Edinburgh is a city centre restaurant influenced by the cooking of Southeast Asia, located within St James Quarter.

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  • Ka Pao Edinburgh Bar
  • Window Seating
  • Flavours of Southeast Asian cooking
  • Grilled sea trout, shredded cabbage, peanut, ginger and charred grapes
  • Executive Chef Sandy Browning
  • Whole grilled sea bream + herb salad + green nam jim
  • Exterior Ka Pao Edinburgh, at night
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Ka Pao opened at Edinburgh's St James Quarter in March 2022, bringing its Southeast Asian-inspired sharing plates to Scotland's capital for the first time. The name Ka Pao, a play on the Thai word for holy basil, has become synonymous with Scotland's thriving dining scene having quickly built a reputation for its bold flavours, low-key setting, and good-night-out vibes.

The kitchen is led by Executive Chef Sandy Browning who has a passion for the techniques and flavours of Southeast Asian cooking central to Ka Pao's style, with a regularly changing menu that honours the team's time living and travelling throughout the region.

The menu unites the very best of UK produce with ingredients, flavour combinations and cooking techniques gleaned from the team's travels and experiences working in Northern Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as from sampling the uniquely knit Asian influences found in Australia's modern cuisine. Signature dishes include corn ribs with salted coconut, shrimp and lime; Ka Pao's own recipe grilled pork and bone marrow sausage; and braised chicken and apache potato massaman curry.

The 98-cover restaurant and bar space combines bold terrazzo and ceramic surfaces with bespoke architectural metalwork and mid-century furniture, and is flooded with natural light thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that stretch the length of the restaurant.

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Key Features

Accessible Parking




Payment Methods


Credit Card

Debit Card

American Express



Internet Access


No Pets Allowed


Taxi rank nearby


Accessible Parking

On Public Transport Route

Public Parking Nearby



Licensed Bar

Lunch Available

Evening Meal Available


Baby Changing Facilities


Children's Menu Available

Dietary Options

Vegan Meals Available

Vegetarian Meals available


City Location

City Centre


Accessible toilets

Level access from entrance to reception

Level access to bar

Level access to dining room, cafe or restaurant

Level access to main entrance

Suitable for visitors with limited mobility

Wheelchair access throughout

Nearby to Ka Pao Edinburgh

Approximate duration and distances shown are from Ka Pao Edinburgh.

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