Hey guys, today I'm excited to share my experience of Aberdeen's hottest new restaurant, Chaophraya! I was so upset when I couldn't attend the launch night at the start of August, but thankfully they offered me the opportunity to visit the restaurant at a time that suited me. They also kindly offered me a plus one so I went straight to my gal, Sarah, as she loves trying out new food as much as I do!
Upon arriving at Chaophraya, I was taken aback by the decor. It was like being transported into another world — almost unrecognisable from how it used to be when it was Monkey House. We were greeted at the door and shown to our table in the main dining room which is decorated with dark wood, buddhas and a massive golden gong at the end of the room. I liked that they also had a smaller dining area next to the bar which is more relaxed and would be great for lunchtime meetings.
Starting with the drinks, Sarah opted for a glass of rose while I, trying to behave myself, opted for a mocktail. I went for the Mai Mao which contained: mango juice, lychee juice mixed with fresh raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. So refreshing!
Now on to the main event: the food! For starters, Sarah and I shared the Thai Chicken Tacos (Taco Gai). This is red-curried chicken finished with coconut milk and served on rice flour tacos. They were amazing! We had no idea of the best way to eat them but some how we managed. They had the perfect combination of spice. We were off to a good start!
Sarah patiently waiting for me to hurry up and take the photo — the pains of dining with a blogger!
For the main course, Sarah had the Chicken Pad Thai (Pad Thai Gai) which is stir fried rice noodles in a tamarind sauce with chicken, all the usual stir fry veg served with ground peanuts and mango. It looked amazing and Sarah gave it the seal of approval.
I went for the Chicken in Plum Sauce which is deep fried chicken covered in panco breadcrumbs covered in a sweet plum sauce served with shredded pineapple and melon. It was amazing — so tasty! I ordered a side of Jasmine Rice to help bulk out the dish but I shouldn't have bothered as the portion of chicken was quite large!
Feeling suitably stuffed after our mains we weren't sure if we could manage a dessert. However, after looking at the dessert menu our sweet tooth got the better of us and we both ordered the Peach and Prosecco sorbet. It was so refreshing but had a kick from the prosecco. It is a really good choice if you are looking for a lighter dessert.
Overall, I really enjoyed my meal at Chaophraya! The food was delicious, the service was great — I couldn't fault a thing. It's so nice to have the option of a cuisine that is so different from all my usual restaurant choices. Price-wise, it all depends on what dishes you go for. Our meal would have cost about £60 which I think is really good for the quality of food that you are getting! Thank you to Chaophraya for having us — I still can't get over those Chicken Tacos!
Do you like Thai food? Have you ever been to Chaophraya? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments!
**All the food was kindly gifted to us by Chaophraya. However, as always my opinions are 100% my own**