Grilled Scallops served with mangoes and chili sauce
Sorry if this post's gonna make you drool, but I really can't help but to share my experience at Chaophraya, one of the top ten best restaurants located in the heart of Manchester, United Kingdom. If any of you have ever visited Thailand, you will notice the name of the restaurant immediately because Chaopraya is the name of the main river in Bangkok.
The Equinox Fashion has just recently launched the new section called 'Food Review' which recommends all the fine dining places to visit. In the previous post, I did the review at Thaikhun, Thai street style dishes, however, I also had a really great opportunity invited by Chaophraya to do another review at this high-end restaurant.
There are many interesting decorations inside this massive space which made me feel calm. Even though it was Friday when I went there, somehow I managed to get the sunken seats like traditional Japanese table style.
I had a chance to try a wide variety of food including appetizers, main course and dessert. For appetizers, I ordered Mixed Satay Fondue Set and Pork Skewers because I really love eating everything with Satay sauce. In Thailand, grilled pork with Satay sauce is one of our most well-known street foods that you can find almost everywhere, however, the appetizers here are the elevated fusion style designed by Chaophraya in order to provide the luxury experience.
For the main course, I think I ordered too much since everything on the menu sounds so yum. There are more dishes compared to Thaikhun though. Somehow, I chose to order 1) Coconut milk soup with chicken 2) Beef Mussaman curry 3) Cod with chili sweet sauce. WOW! I didn't know what to try first because the presentation of these three dishes were absolutely amazing. After trying everything on the table including coconut rice, my favourite dish was Coconut milk soup with chicken (it's always been my favourite one because my mom always cooked for me when I was young :)) If you are a fan of Thai food, you will be able to notice that one of our main ingredients are coconut milk, it literally boots up the richness of the food (That's why my mom prefer not to cook with coconut milk that often since it comes with high cholesterol too). However, the soup that I just ate was somehow very light and I loved it.
I felt really satisfied with the quality of the food, as well as, the staffs, however this review wouldn't be completed without dessert right? I am a FAN of deep-fried ice-cream and it is quite hard to find one in UK. Thank you Chaophraya so much for adding this into the menu of the restaurant because it's so so good! Some of you who have never tried this sweet may think that it sounds so weird, but trust me 'try it'! Chocolate and coconut ice-cream was served together with mangoes and sticky rice....guys I literally rolled back home.
If you are looking for a great dining restaurant with elegant design, I will totally recommend Chaopraya. It is totally worth the price.
Chaophraya Manchester's website
Mixed Satay Fondue
Beef Mussaman curry
Cod with sweet chili sauce
Coconut milk soup with chicken
Mangoes with sticky rice