Nothing beats a good catch-up over a delicious feast with Mum, so last week when an email landed in my inbox inviting me and a guest to sample the new menu at Chaophraya, there was only one person I could invite.
If you’re not familiar with Chaophraya, let me introduce you.
Tucked away on Chapel Walks, between Market Street and King Street, it’s a glamorous, bustling Thai restaurant, renowned for it’s delicious food, bustling atmosphere and fancy clientele.
Take a large group and request the sunken banquet table for an extra special experience.
We tucked into chilli prawn crackers whilst we perused the new menu and our waiter brought us iced Chenin Blanc.
Sidenote: I bloody love these crackers. They’re so addictive.
We started with the prawn, crab and chicken steamed dumplings, served in a fried garlic and sweet soy sauce.
Light, fluffy and perfectly balanced, so far so good.
We moved on to vegetable and shellfish tempura, with a lime and avocado dipping sauce.
A crunchy and tasty tempura, but the dipping sauce didn’t quite suit it for us.
The lovely host treated us to a tour of the restaurant whilst our mains were prepared.
In just twelve years, the family-run company has grown from their first site in Leeds, to nine different sites including cocktail bars and buffet style restaurants in Meadowhall and Trafford Centre shopping centres.
Mum chose the grilled beef sirloin with panang curry sauce, vegetables and topped with a quails egg.
Fresh and perfectly cooked, the sauce was deliciously rich, creamy and spicy.
I opted for the stir fried rice with beef and basil, topped with a fried egg.
Exceptionally flavoured, I could easily see why this is listed on the menu as the staff’s favourite dish.
I can’t remember enjoying a Thai meal so much as this one. I would normally order a satay based dish but I’ve definitely found a new favourite. The lightly dressed cucumber was a fresh accompaniment to the richly flavoured saucy rice.
If you’re planning where to go for your next Thai food fix, head to Chaophraya and promise me you’ll get the stir fried rice with beef and basil!
Find a Chaophraya near you and find booking info here.
Thanks for having us Chaophraya! All views are my own of course.