Happy Hump Day all! Hope everyone’s having a good week?! Just remember all roads lead to the weekend as of now!! Speaking of the weekend, last Sunday afternoon I visited Chaophraya Newcastle to try out their new lunch time menu with my Mam!
Choaphraya is a Thai inspired restaurant which you can find in a few major cities all over the UK like Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Birmingham and most recently Newcastle city centre situated within the newly renovated Greys Quarter as part of Eldon Square. I must mention the fact it’s at the top of the building meaning you can expect to get only the best views of Newcastle whilst eating, overlooking Monument. The team at Choaphraya offer you an ‘escape from the outside world to dine and share food in traditional Thai fashion’ so before I went, whilst I was having a little research I was intrigued to find out what they meant by this. In my mind, I was thinking perhaps the food is so divine that you have an ‘out of body’ experience maybe?! So yeah, I had huge expectations before I went and I wasn’t disappointed let’s just say that.
When they state visiting is an ‘escape’ and of a ‘traditional Thai fashion’ they mean the interior and atmosphere of the place (sorry to disappoint, my theory was wrong no out of body experiences ha!). Let me start with first impressions, authentic. The layout and design of the restaurant is magnificent, I could instantly tell that the founders have spent a lot of time, personalisation and money into this, the place really is stunning. It’s contemporary, bright yet warm, glowing, relaxing and spacious. There is a main restaurant where we sat and then an outside terrace which is currently heated so very cosy but I was told that in the summer when the weather gets a little warmer that they’ll be removing the roof to create the perfect sun trap.
Once I’d had a look around – we’d came in at the right time as the place was just starting to fill up, we got seated at the top of the restaurant meaning we had a stunning view of the area around us at Monument, very picturesque. Then we were greeted by our waiter Jack whom talked us through the lunch time menu, explaining about their offers, drinks and desserts. My Mam decided to get a cocktail and I went for a mock-tail since I was driving, they were so refreshing and very fruity since they were Thai themed.
The lunch menu has a lot to offer so after much deliberation I decided to try the Vegetable Spring Rolls which are crispy rolls filled with carrot and vermicelli served with a sweet chilli sauce, and my Mam went for the Steamed Dumplings which are pork dumplings steamed and topped with fried garlic and sweet soy sauce. Both dishes were amazing, I had a nibble at the dumplings which were saturated in garlic of which I loved, the flavours combined made the perfect taste complimenting the pork. My spring rolls were crammed with ingredients, jam packed full of flavour which I was worried about with it being mainly carrots but the sweet chilli gave it a kick, again something I was surprised about as I’m not a great fan of sweet chilli. First course down and we were seriously in food heaven.
After short wait our mains arrived of which I choose the Thai Green Curry and my Mam decided on the Chicken Pad Thai. My Thai Green Curry contained big chunks of tender chicken breasts which had been marinated in coconut milk with Thai aubergine, sugar snap pea, garnished with sweet basil and chilli meaning the chicken was super juicy and oozed flavour after each bite. The coconut wasn’t over powering or too full of fragrance it was perfect, the curry is very hot but I was told by Jack that they could cater the spice to my needs but I went with the traditional spice and boy did it have a kick to it. The Chicken Pad Thai, which is the national dish of Thailand by the way! Is basically a stir fry complete with rice noodles in a tamarind sauce with chicken, spring onions, carrots, egg, tofu, sweet turnip and bean sprouts, topped with lightly pickled vegetables. So, another dish with a huge variety of flavours there and they all worked very well together creating a bursting light tangy flavour which marinated the noodles. At this point we were stuffed, I couldn’t has possibly ate a dessert, I was very upset to be turning down their delicacies they had on offer like the Prosecco and Peach sorbet which sounded amazing!
All in all, I had a brilliant afternoon at Chaophraya Newcastle, the staff (especially Jack) were lovely and very attentive, the food was 10/10 fantastic and the atmosphere was great meaning I’ll definitely be returning soon and I’d recommend it to anyone. Price wise, I wouldn’t say this is budget restaurant but with their specials they are trying to cater to everyone but I’d still say it’s a place I’d go for a treat since it’s so luxury.
A huge thank you to the team at Chaophraya for inviting me down!