On Thursday July 29th, I had the pleasure of attending a dinner at the stunning Chaophraya Thai restaurant as part of the Golden Chopsticks Awards, which are touring the country celebrating oriental cuisine across the UK.
The Chaophraya is located in the heart of Glasgow city center on bustling Buchanan Street. As soon as you reach the entrance to the magnificent 1909 townhouse building – once the Royal Academy of Music and Drama – you know you are about to step into something extraordinary.
It is noteworthy that the Chaophraya is the largest Thai restaurant in Europe – but what is more impressive is the use of the huge space. With high ceilings and four immaculately decorated floors, the opulent interior offers a range of private and beautiful dining areas, each of which provides a unique atmosphere for special occasions.
The stunning surroundings are combined with an extensive, modern Thai menu that offers something for everyone. From creative platters to share to traditional ingredients, fragrant curries to authentic Thai dishes, you feel like whatever comes on the table is the right choice.
This time dinner took place in Chaophraya’s largest private dining room, the Thai Ballroom, which is exquisitely decorated for a true Thai feel.
Our Thai dining experience started with a candlelight ceremony to honor Thai traditions and set the mood for an intimate and special evening. We were about to experience one of their tasting menus, which is aptly called “togetherness”.
The prosecco began to flow, as did the exciting conversations and the most attentive service. I felt privileged to be in such a stunning dining area with other influential bloggers and lovely people to share my experience with.
We were then presented with a generous chaophraya platter with a selection of classic starters: Thai chicken tacos, chicken satay, tempura prawns, spicy duck salad and crispy chicken spring rolls. A feast for the eyes and the palate, full or full of flavor and textured, this was the perfect way to start the meal!
A banquet followed with main dishes that everyone could enjoy: lamb massaman, prawn pad thai, chicken with cashews, beef in black pepper sauce, with fried egg rice and fried seasonal vegetables as side dishes.
The main courses were all full of fresh and wonderful flavors. The highlights for me were: the deliciously marinated chicken with cashew nuts, the shrimp pad thai with its perfect balance of sweet and spicy notes and the lamb massaman with the creamy and luxurious sauce that is really characteristic of a fragrant Thai curry.
We ended on a sweet note with a couple of excellent desserts: a rich clementine cake, perfectly complemented with vanilla ice cream and a delicious chocolate fondant.
With such a rich and varied tasting menu, we really got an amazing insight into the flavors of the beating heart of Thailand. The food and drinks were plentiful and the service was excellent. They know that when you feel like you can’t eat anymore and you still don’t want the meal to end, you’re really enjoying a feast!
Towards the end of the night we were happy to chat for a minute with the chef who had the courtesy to greet us. His impressive stories about his experience of Thai food and the creation of Chaophraya’s menus were a pleasure to hear and really added a touch of charm to this unforgettable evening.
I was impressed with the food at Chaophraya and the overall dining experience. I enjoyed every minute in the stunning Thai Ballroom, with the most welcoming atmosphere, great flavors of Thai food and the best company to enjoy!
The evening made me feel a sense of admiration for Thai temples, culture and cuisine and I really feel inspired to go there. Stand aside, COVID, I have to go to this wonderful Southeast Asian country!