Restaurant Review: Chaophraya, Glasgow

Thai is one of my favourite cuisines so when I received an email inviting me to Chaophraya to sample their Father’s Day Menu, I did a well choreographed victory dance (in the privacy of my own bedroom, no-one was subjected to my moves). Situated in the heart of Glasgow’s City Centre, Chaophraya offers diners an authentic Thai experience that I couldn’t wait to immerse myself in.

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When an evening starts with cocktail making, you know it’s going to be a good night. I made a Purple Mist which is a gin based cocktail finished with basil and black pepper. Basil and black pepper are two staples in my kitchen cupboard that I cook with daily, but it had never occurred to me these ingredients might work in a cocktail. Oh they work so damn well. I’m not a huge fan of overly sweet, fruity cocktails so this was right up my street and the perfect aperitif.

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Dinner was served in one of their themed private rooms. Sitting in my grand wooden chair (shipped all the way from Thailand), I felt like I was in Games of Thrones. So much attention has gone into the decor and it really shows. As well as this, you can enjoy exceptional views of Glasgow City Centre whilst feeling like you are in thousands of miles away in Thailand.

There are three starters to choose from on the Father’s Day Menu: Vegetable Spring Rolls, Chicken Satay and Chicken Tom-Kha (a fragrant coconut soup with chicken and straw mushrooms).  I had never tried a Thai soup before (I’m a bit of a spring roll gal) but it was just like a  big hug in a bowl. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of rainy, miserable evenings here in Glasgow so I have the perfect excuse to pay Chaophraya a visit time and time again – I love this soup!

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As for the main courses, there are five to choose from on this set menu (each served with Jasmine rice): Panang Beef Curry, Massaman Lamb Curry ( we made the chicken version – see below), Thai Green Chicken Curry, Tofu & Pineapple Curry and Thai Red Prawn Curry. The Panang Beef Curry was my personal favourite. It was so fragrant with a spicy kick at the end and as for the meat – oh so tender! I could easily have licked the bowl clean but apparently that’s social unacceptable.  Guess I’ll need to try making it at home then.

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Speaking of recreating these wonderful dishes at home, Chaophraya offer a range of cooking classes that provides you with the knowledge to do just that. I was fortunate enough to learn how to cook a Massaman Chicken Curry under the watchful eye of Douglas, one of their extremely talented chefs. He was really patient and talked me through each individual ingredient, many of which I had never cooked with before. More importantly, I learned how to properly season food to suit my personal taste. Usually I follow recipes down to the last gram but I now have the confidence to experiment a little more. Even though my curry didn’t turn out exactly like the one Douglas made, it was still delicious and he gave it a thumbs up so I’ll take that.

The Father’s Day Set Menu is £14.95 per person for two courses and a bottle of Chang beer. If I’m honest I’m not much of a beer drinker, but I found this to be the perfect accompaniment as I tucked into the main courses.

Thank you so much to Namiki, Douglas and the entire team at Chaophraya for a truly memorable evening. I’m already in talks with Mr Blues about booking the Buddha Balcony for a romantic evening. To be continued…

Chaophraya can be found at The Townhouse, Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow G1 2LL. There are also restaurants in Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham.


 Meal was provided in exchange for a review. Nevertheless, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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30 Comments

  1. June 17th, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    It looks lovely, unfortunately a bit too far for me to travel too, but will have to try there if I am ever nearby x

  2. June 17th, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    wow i love thai and these pictures look amazing, making me hungry. Wish i lived closer

  3. June 17th, 2016 / 3:00 pm

    The food looks amazing. I am a big fan of Massaman curry and the Father’s Day set meal is a great price.

  4. June 17th, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    I love Thai food, so this review has me absolutely drooling! Wish it was a bit closer, I’d definitely go. The chicken Tom-Kha sounds delicious.

  5. June 17th, 2016 / 5:04 pm

    I love Thai food, and two courses and a beer for under £15 is a great deal x

  6. June 17th, 2016 / 5:14 pm

    I am in love with Thai food! Would love to visit there. the food looks so delicious

  7. June 17th, 2016 / 7:43 pm

    I love Thai food and so I’m salivating over this post! It all looks so lovely. x

  8. June 17th, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    I absolutely love Thai food and am yet to find one that I kind of like close to me x

  9. June 18th, 2016 / 4:19 am

    Oh wow this food looks absolutely incredible. I haven’t tried anything like this before, aside from the spring rolls, I’d love to though! xxx

  10. Sam
    June 18th, 2016 / 8:40 pm

    Wow, what incredible looking food! It’s a little too far away from me I’m afraid (I’m in Southampton) but if I ever find myself around those parts I’ll keep it in mind!

  11. June 19th, 2016 / 7:13 am

    Oh wow! The food looks so delicious 🙂 I would love to eat there!

  12. June 19th, 2016 / 11:54 am

    I love thai. The food looks great and it’s a reasonable price aswel x

  13. Hannah
    June 19th, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    I wish I lived closer – I would love to go!

  14. June 19th, 2016 / 5:06 pm

    Wow. that’s a good deal for a dish set. I love the vegetable spring rolls. 🙂

  15. June 19th, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    I must admit that Thai food isn’t a big hit with me – that gin cocktail however, I’ll have three please!

  16. June 19th, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    It looks so lovely and tasty although I do try to stay away from Thai food because of how much coconut they use in their cooking x

  17. June 20th, 2016 / 9:08 am

    LOVE Thai food! Those spring rolls look amazing (always my favourite!) and it’s so cool that you were able to learn to cook a curry yourself.

  18. June 20th, 2016 / 10:38 am

    Ooh, I think there is one of these restaurants in Birmingham, I really must give it a try. But I think we need to see this victory dance of yours, you know… 😉

  19. June 20th, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    All the food looks wonderful. There’s not one close to me unfortunately.

  20. June 20th, 2016 / 4:19 pm

    Sounds like an interesting place to eat! Lovely write-up

  21. June 20th, 2016 / 5:33 pm

    The food looks delicious, I bet the cocktail making was fun too!

  22. June 20th, 2016 / 6:34 pm

    The price for the father’s day menu is not too bad and the food looks really good.

  23. June 23rd, 2016 / 1:04 pm

    Sounds like a lovely meal, just wish it was a little bit nearer, although a good excuse to go on holiday to Glasgow to give it a try!

  24. June 27th, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    Love the idea of cocktail making to start! My in laws live in glasgow so I’ll have to tell them about this place!

  25. August 20th, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    I had a chance to go to the new one in Aberdeen and I loved my dessert! White chocolate box is divine! I can imagine myself going there simply for cocktail and a dessert. Yes, I am a huge sweet tooth!

  26. August 22nd, 2016 / 8:59 am

    OOOooo it looks lovely! Themed rooms sounds so cool! xo

  27. October 12th, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Such a great price for 2 courses. The food looks delicious and I loved the sound of the chairs – all the way from Thailand, not skimping on the authenticity x

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