Review: Chaophraya, Glasgow

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The largest Thai Restaurant in Europe opened this July in the lovely city of Glasgow. Already a winner in many cities in UK including Manchester, Leeds & Liverpool, Thai Owner, Kim Atcharaporn Kaewkraikhot, opened the doors of this beautifully renovated restaurant within one of Glasgow’s most prominent A-listed builiding, The Townhouse.

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Prepare to be mesmerised by the opulent furnishing and Thai Ornaments as you set foot in the main reception area. Every corner of this new landmark restaurant spells a blend of modern and traditional luxury.

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We were shown to one of the sofas within the great dining hall for the much anticipated meal.

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Tom Yum Goong, Creamy hot and soup with king prawns, mushrooms, lemongrass, galangal, roasted chilli and lime leaves flavoured with Thai Herbs.

The whiff of lemongrass and chilli set my tastebuds racing. Kob khun krup, the chefs have gotten this Thai Favourite right. A little spicy surely for the locals. For the adventurous, stick to the heat if not the accommodating staff are happy to mellow it down for you.

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Papaya Salad, Fresh and spicy salad of shredded papaya, carrots, cherry tomates and ne beans pounded with a pestle and motar with lime, garlic. Served with a crispy sticky rich parcel

I did not know what to expect of this dish but the exotic nature of green papaya made it sound interesting. I mean, how often do you get to eat a green papaya salad. Ultimately, it reminded me of a very green salad with a good crunchy texture enhanced mostly by a hot and sour drizzle.  Sadly, I realised when I got home that I had missed out on the King Prawn and Mango salad which IMHO would have been the better choice.

If you are interested in making the mango salad at home, Chaophraya has kindly provided the recipe on their website

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Appeitser Fondue, A popular classic starter selection of chicken satay, pork, prawn, grilled squid on bamboo skewers and Thai Fish cakes served with a warm satay sauce.

This was an outright winner for me. Every single skewer has its unique Thai flavour. The satay sauce was not really needed but it accentuated the flavours even more. Each of these items are also available as an individual appetiser.

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Chicken Pad Thai, Stir fried rice noodles in tamarind sauce with chicken, spring onions, carrots, egg, sweet turnip and bean sprouts served with ground peanuts and fresh mango

Most of the main dishes come on its own without rice or noodles but there is an impressive selection of individual rice and noodle portions to order from.

What I would recommend is to share a  plate of  the iconic Thai national dish, Phad Thai.

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Weeping Tiger, The Chaophraya classic! Grilled sliced sirloin steak served on a sizzling plate with a hot and tangy chilli dip and drizzled with black pepper sauce

Hot plate, sirloin and tangy chilli dip. Thumbs up!. Just try and finish this off before the sizzling plate cooks the  meat to a well done. Tough meat Thumbs Down

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Crispy Pork Belly witth Thai Basil. Street style pan fried crispy pork belly tossed with fresh chillies, garlic green beans and hot basil leaves.

I believe the beautiful creation here is a Chaophraya intepretation of a very popular Thai fast food dish. As opposed to minced pork stir fried with basil as I have learned from my google research, what we were presented with 4 tender pork belly strips supplemented bya healthy selection of greens and topped with crackling strips.

Great Flavours. Worth a try

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King Prawn Pineapple Fried Rice, King Prawns in a Tumeric fried rice garnished with sweet honey pork and served in a pineapple boat.

Every one around our table turned to stare at this pineapple dish when it appeared. 15 minutes later, 2 more pineapple boat appeared on those tables.

This was very tasty. Even more tasty were those morsels of honey pork.

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We were extremely full by this stage but my dining companion could not resist dessert. Sticky rice and mango is perhaps the most popular of all Thai Desserts. Sadly, the mangoes have let this dish down. Gutted, it was not the plump fragrant sweet versions I tasted in Bangkok.

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Deep Fried icecream. Well… It was ok ..

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If there’s any space left for drinks, head down to the Palm Sugar Bar downstairs for a selection of Thai Cocktails and fine wines.

Chaophraya took a hit of bad reviews when it first opened its doors, mostly with regards to its inconsistent services. I am glad to say the more recent trip adviser reviews have been positive and was reflected in the hospitality of the staff that night

Diners interested in large group parties will be pleased to know that they have a selection of exquisitely decorated private dining areas on its top floor. Just give a ring in advance to organise your booking.

In summary, great ambiance, excellent appetisers and main courses. Skip the desserts and get tipsy on the exotic cocktails.

Chaophraya Restaurant and Palm Sugar Bar

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The Townhouse
Nelson Mandela Place
Glasgow
G1 2LL

Tel: 0141 332 0041

http://www.chaophraya.co.uk/venues/chaophraya-glasgow/

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Disclaimer: This was an invited review. Many Thanks to DADA   events team.

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