The Townhouse on Buchannan Street has undergone a truly breathtaking transformation into the largest Thai restaurant in Europe, Chaophraya. Admittedly this didn’t really impressive me. Truthfully I couldn’t shake its previous life as a jumbled shop.
But when I enter the impressive lobby adorned in luxurious décor and stunning chandeliers – with an elephant thrown in for good measure – well, all memories of its previous incarnation fade from my memory.
The service is very attentive – in fact, we’re escorted up the main staircase to our table. And even though it’s spacious with high ceilings and vast fireplaces, the dining area somehow still manages to feel intimate and welcoming.
The menu is huge with a great selection for all appetites, including veggies. I cannot resist the Tempura Prawns (£8.50) to start, followed by Seua Rong Hai, Weeping Tiger (£15.95).
Yes a little on the expensive side, but the total experience is lush and the food lives up to the surroundings – in a word – exquisite. Not only does each dish look amazing but it taste sensational, the perfect fusion of competing flavours in every mouth-full.
Decadent, delicious and definitely worth trying again
The whole experience feels very decadent – a spectacular setting, gorgeous food and dutiful staff. And you can continue your night in the Palm Sugar Lounge or for something a little more intimate book rooms for private dining. And for the romantics, there’s even a balcony for two!
But be warned, Chaophraya isn’t a secret and you’ll definitely need to book to avoid disappointment. The truth is in the tasting – but it’s not just food. The spectacular setting and the lovely staff make it utterly perfect.