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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Chaophraya: Thai Dining In Style

Thai food is one of my favourite types of food to eat. I'm always drawn towards the flavours, the smells, the spice, the fresh ingredients and I absolutely love the atmosphere that we get at Thai restaurants. When I was invited along to try out Newcastle's newest Thai offering Chaophraya, I was so excited I cannot tell you. I'll admit that I had never heard of Chaophraya before it came to Newcastle but after a quick google and look at the menu, I knew I had to get myself booked in straight away so last Monday, my friend Kallan and I headed to the new restaurant to give it a try.

The new restaurant is definitely a luxurious place to spend the evening with its rooftop location in Eldon Square, decked out in modern Thai decor and one of the most beautiful views of Newcastle city centre that I've seen. We were sat right next to the window looking out onto the Monument and the busy shopping streets of the city and let me tell you I am a sucker for a good view. The atmosphere was warm with the staff all dressed in traditional Thai clothing and sitting looking over the city with a cocktail in hand was the perfect way to start the evening.

I won't lie, the cocktails went down way too easy and I could have quite happily sat and drank one after another after another. They were served with fresh fruit, in super posh glasses and the raspberry vodka one I went for tasted just like an extremely tasty alcoholic smoothie which is always a good thing! For our starter, we went for one of the sharing platters which featured a whole host of Thai goodies, including spring rolls and prawn tempura and it was absolutely beautiful. The prawns were actually one of my favourite things about the whole evening I loved them that much and the whole dish was presented beautifully on a big leaf too. The sharing platters were priced at around £10 per person which I thought was actually pretty good considering how much food we each got and how tasty it was too. In fact, I could probably eat the entire platter to myself now!

Our main courses came next and we were not disappointed! Normally when I go out for Thai food I go for pad thai which is one of my favourite dishes ever but I thought it was time to brand out to something a bit different. I opted for the chicken in plum sauce and it was so delicious that I kept eating well beyond bursting point and it was definitely a good job I chose to wear a dress with plenty of food baby room! Kallan went for the red prawn curry with extra spice which he said was lovely (and I may have even sampled a cheeky spoonful too!) and the portion sizes were enormous! 

Despite literally bursting I couldn't say no to a dessert and the selection was fantastic with a mixture of traditional Thai desserts such as mango sticky rice, and Thai desserts with a little bit of a Chaophraya twist. Sadly they didn't have a lot of the desserts that were on the menu which was a bit of a shame as they sounded amazing but I went for the sticky toffee pudding. I love a bit of STP and can never resist it when it's on the menu anyway but this one was a little bit different to the usual with a hint of ginger. It was absolutely delishhhh let me tell you and Kallan's ice cream was the perfect end to such a beautiful meal too.

Needless to say, we both absolutely loved Chaophraya and although you could end up racking up quite the bill, it's worth every penny especially for a special occasion. I know I'll definitely be going back next time I want a Thai treat!

Amy x


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  1. I've only ever been to the one in Edinburgh but it is beautiful too! Has such an incredible view of the castle x

  2. Oh wow! The food looks and sounds incredible! I'm getting hungry just reading through this post! x


  3. Mmmmm we have a Chaophraya near my work and I bloody love it! x
    Sophie Cliff

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