Situated in The Townhouse in Glasgow’s Nelson Mandela Square, Thai super-restaurant Chaophraya is a bit of a plush place.
We entered through the Palm Sugar lounge bar and were immediately and courteously invited to pick a table and served drink menus. Emma ordered a Rose Royal (Prosecco & rose liqueur) while I plumped for a Little Creatures Pale Ale.
We had arrived 30 minutes early but that passed by quickly and we made our way, through the bar, to the grand main entrance lobby. This is the third time we’ve been, and it’s customary to be escorted up the stairs and to your table in the main area by a host dressed in a Thai sash dress.
The main area is a mix of old Glasgow townhouse grand architecture, huge glass champagne display cabinets and a wealth of Thai inspired sculptures. There is ample space around the tables so you don’t ever feel crammed in. There’s plenty of privacy for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner!
Chaophraya has put together two special menus for Valentine’s Day visitors. It’s £45 per person, or £35 for the vegetarian menu. This includes three courses and also a glass of Royal Orchid Prosecco. (Full menus can be seen here).
For my starter, I ordered Soft Shell Crab & Prawn Tempura with a sweet chilli dip. The batter was crisp, light and grease-free. I was curious about eating the crab, but the taste wasn’t too strong, and it was a lovely treat.
Emma received Thai Vegetable Tacos (Red curried vegetables finished off with coconut milk and served over lightly pan-seared rice flour tacos). These were utterly delicious, bursting with loads of flavour. Fragrant and not without a kick!
I had seen other guests ordering a sizzling steak on previous visits, so I was immediately attracted to the Weeping Tiger Sirloin Steak main course, served with a trio of Thai sauces. The portion was large, served with tiny mushrooms, delicately cooked pak choi and sticky Jasmin rice. I was not disappointed. The steak was delightfully seared and came with a sweet chargrill finish.
Emma’s Thai Vegetable Curry (Pineapple, courgettes, Thai aubergines and tofu garnished with sweet basil and chillies) with Coconut rice was delicious. My other half is a huge fan of creamy, red Thai curries and this one seriously impressed her. I had a sneaky taste of the tofu and, despite being a meat eater, would consider getting this next time. Special!
The Valentine’s Day desserts include Mango and sticky rice served with Alphonso mango sorbet; and a White Chocolate Box (White chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis on butter shortbread served with a mini macaroon and passion fruit syrup.) This was a last minute blogger’s booking so they weren’t available. We were, however, presented with this wonderful alternative – Chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis on butter shortbread served with a mini macaroon and caramel sauce. Stunning.
I used the word ‘grand’ earlier, and it’s incredibly appropriate. Chaophraya is always an experience and the food is consistently impressive. The staff are attentive too and I must mention their delicious range of exquisite cocktails.
There are a few Chaophraya restaurants around the UK. I would definitely recommend it as a top choice for your Valentine’s Day romantic dinner location!