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.
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.
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!
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.
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.