St James Quarter signs critically acclaimed restaurant Ka Pao

  • Ka Pao will be adding their fresh, vibrant, South East Asian flavours to St James Quarter by taking 3,400 sq ft of space on level 4, overlooking St James Square.
  • St James Quarter is set to open its first phase on 24th June 2021, with Ka Pao due to open this autumn.

St James Quarter, the 1.7 million sq ft city centre development in Edinburgh, has announced the signing of Ka Pao to infuse some South East Asian flavour to an already exciting and varied feast of Scottish and international food and beverage options as St James Quarter prepares to open its first phase from 24th June 2021.

Ed Corrigan at St James Quarter commented: 

“Ka Pao joining St James Quarter is another major milestone signing for us and their Glasgow restaurant has already been a critically acclaimed sensation. We have all missed that buzz of a night out and are looking forward to Ka Pao bringing their amazing food and aromatic zingy cocktails. At St James Quarter we are putting together a diverse food offer that will cater to all our visitors, from casual diners to those seeking a more foodie experience. Ka Pao is an important addition to our roster of excellent restaurants at St James Quarter.”

Jonathan MacDonald from Ka Pao said:

“We are incredibly excited to be bringing Ka Pao to Edinburgh and we know that the restaurant’s fun, relaxed, party vibe will be an excellent fit alongside lots of other fantastic leisure, retail and restaurant businesses at St James Quarter. It is a great development to be a part of and we are delighted with our site, overlooking St James Square and the striking new W hotel.

The name Ka Pao is a play on the Thai word for holy basil, the menu is influenced by the cooking of South East Asia. I’ve spent a lot of time travelling and working in that part of the world and have always had a fascination with the food.  It’s a passion shared with Daniel and Sandy, our senior chefs, who have also spent time working in Thailand and travelling throughout the region.

We are looking forward to working on a new project which will create around 35 new management, kitchen and front of house roles, as well as offering opportunities for career progression to our existing team who are absolutely central to everything that we do.”

This latest signing at St James Quarter, set to open the first phase of its retail, dining and leisure elements later this year, underscores the Scottish capital’s global appeal and further bolsters the St James Quarter leisure offer.

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