Chaophraya Restaurant Review: January 2017
Chaophraya pronounced “chow – pry – a” is named after a river in Thailand formed by the confluence of the Nan and Ping Rivers; flows southward past Bangkok and empties into the Gulf of Thailand. I and my plus one boarded the long-tail Thai boat known as Ruea Hang Yao for an adventure of a life time and ready to seek out foodie Thai treasures in the heart of Manchester city centre. The moment that you step through the doors the attention to detail has clearly been thoroughly thought out and the restaurant interiors offer opulent surroundings boasting a mixture of standard and sunken seating on two full floors with ornate lighting features and authentic Thai statues.
Delightful Deepak the restaurant Manager and the lovely Gloria our main server welcomed us with a warm Sawasdee KA (Hello) and we began our journey with some super sensational starters. Soft shell crab & squid tempura (Poo Nim & Pla Muk Choop Pang Tord) offered a mix of high quality soft shell crab, squid, wing bean and asparagus all coated in a scrummy light, crispy crunchy tempura batter served up with a chilli & lime avocado dip. The Chicken Satay (Satay Gai) served up the most tender pieces of chicken chargrilled over charcoal, presented on bamboo skewers accompanied by a lovely homemade peanut sauce and vegetable relish to balance out the palate. My personal favourite the Thai Chicken Tacos (Taco Gai) simply offer amazing artistry on a plate. A flavoursome floral display of tasty red curried chicken finished off with coconut milk and served over lightly pan-seared rice flour tacos – delicious.
The Mouth-watering mains included the Palm sugar and chilli glazed chicken (Gai Yang), Tender succulent Spatchcock baby chicken grilled over charcoal with palm sugar, chilli and coriander glaze. Served with a fresh crisp salad of carrots, mango, asparagus, papaya and baby gem lettuce. Also, a hit was the Lamb teriyaki (Gaeh Ob Sauce Teriyaki) Terrifically tasty tender lamb chops lightly coated with the most lip-smacking Teriyaki dressing and toasted sesame seeds served with ribbons of steamed courgettes and fine beans. The excellent egg fried rice (Khao Pad Khai) made a yummy addition. Washed down with the most creative cage cocktail, otherwise known as the “Mockingbird” which blended a mix of Jinzu Gin, Maraschino, Pink Grapefruit Juice, Cherry and Soda all displayed in a lovely natural forestry themed presentation.
Saving the best until last the tasty theatrical Thai desserts were served. The White chocolate box was a stunning presentation that was a taste sensation offering a perfect balance between taste and texture. The wonderful white chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis served on the most beautiful butter shortbread finished with a cute pink mini macaroon and a perfect passion fruit syrup. The delicious melting chocolate bombe served with Thai whiskey ice cream, honey, toasted sesame popcorn centre and hot caramel sauce was an amazing sight and must be seen, but shush I won’t tell you the whole story, as it will only ruin the surprise! Bow down to the Spectacular Temple of Dawn Cocktail, a super smoked flavour mixed with Whitley Neil Gin, Cherry Marnier, Almond, Maraschino and Lemon, it was a triumph!
Overall, the restaurant offers authentic tasty fine Thai food mixed with signature service and hospitality in opulent surroundings. This winning combination certainly gets one in touch with their ‘Thai side; giving you a taste of Thai culture and transporting you into the heart of Thailand.
Khop Khun Kha (Thank you) for reading 😊
19, Chapel Walks, Off Cross Street, Manchester. M2 1HN.
0161 832 8342
Restaurant Opening Times:
Monday – Saturday 12:00pm – 10:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 10:00pm