A few weeks back we booked a table at Chaophraya for my partner’s birthday. We had talked about going here for ages but had never managed and thought what better occasion than a birthday.
Chaophraya is located on Castle Street and at first it’s not obvious. We walked past it at first and then realised our mistake. Located on the 4th floor, it has great views over the city. Having opened in November 2012, word has spread and it’s still remarkably busy.
We were greeted by our host and told our table was just being cleaned and would be ready in a few minutes. This was fine by us, it gave us a chance to grab a drink and have a nosey. The place was a hive of activity and there was hardly an empty table, even on a Wednesday night. Soon our table was ready and we were shown to our seat. As we walked through the restaurant we were taken to a bit just off the main dining room. It can only be described as a glass room and had fantastic views of around the city. We were placed in a quiet table of two, overlooking the castle. Clearly the best seats in the house.
The menu is extensive and caters for every taste. I’m not a huge spice fan and there was plenty for me to pick from. It also offers vegetarian choices and desserts 🙂
I had Tempura prawns, Thai green curry with khao pad khai (egg fried rice) and chocolate fondue for dessert.
He had chicken satay, Massaman lamb curry with khao pad khai and lemon cheese cake for dessert.
The service was great, they brought a plate of spicy prawn crackers to keep those hunger pangs at bay. These quickly disappeared and before we knew it our starters had arrived. Both starters were delicious. The batter on my prawns was crispy and fresh and the peanut sauce with the satay was delicious.
Next up was the mains. These took a little longer to arrive due to the lamb curry being freshly prepared and the restaurant just being generally busy. But to be honest we hardly noticed as the views of the castle and streets at night are a huge talking point. When our mains did arrive my Thai green curry was delicious a little bit spicy for me, but there again all I usually eat is korma and butter chicken from the Indian. The lamb curry was easily the best dish out of the two. The flavours in that one dish were something else and the lamb was tender.
After letting our mains settle, we tackled the desserts. The lemon cheesecake was nicely presented and looked very tasty. My chocolate fondue was mmmm….. The chocolate sauce was just right and there was lots of fresh fruit. There is an option to have a sharing fondue which I imagine would be bigger but to be honest the one person fondue was still enough for two to share.
I can safely say we both left there satisfied and planning our next trip back. Unfortunately due to the low lighting it was difficult to take photos so we’ll obviously have to venture back again during the day to take some more photos for you guys!
Price: Around £25 for three courses with a soft drink. There is an extensive wine list available and a range of beers etc..