Thai Express Kitchen will be a new format for the 350-strong Thai group designed to cater to the evening trade. It will have an open kitchen allowing customers to see the chefs at work as well as ‘one of a kind’ double decker seating, a hanging garden, and a 12-metre mural.
“We are eager to open our doors to the public. We have really pushed the boat on the design," says Sachin Pattani, Thai Express managing director.
"As well as extending our food and drink offering with exciting twists on your traditional Thai classics. St. James is the perfect setting to unveil our new concept.”
The group will join incoming restaurant brands Wingstop and Gourmet kebab concept GDK at the development quick service dining area Leith Street Eats with Wingstop, set to occupy a 1,800sq ft space and Thai Express a larger 2,600sq ft site.
The new Wingstop will be the first Scotland site for the brand, which operates more than 1,500 venues across the world.
“We are delighted to land a global first with Thai Express Kitchen, a brand new format which will be perfect for St James Quarter’s premium standing and will expand on our all-day and night time offer,” says Ed Corrigan at St James Quarter.
“The brands we have put together at Leith St Eats are unashamedly bold, consistently high-quality, they know how to embrace technology and connect with their style-conscious customers.”
The recent signings will join Five Guys, Tortilla Maki & Ramen, Ka Pao, Black Sheep, Bross Bagels, Salerno Pizza, Bonnie & Wild, Sushi Samba and Pho at St James Quarter.