Chaophraya, Glasgow City Centre
As I strode up Buchanan Street on a cold, wet and windy Sunday evening, I was looking forward to doing a new Just8 Glasgow Food Blog on Europe’s largest Thai restaurant, Chaophraya. Located on the corner of Buchanan Street and Nelson Mandela Place it is very convenient to get to, especially after a spot of Sunday afternoon shopping. You may recognise it from the picture below.
It didn’t disappoint. As we walked into the entrance hall we could tell immediately that the restaurant was something special. With the pristine, white plaster and ornate stone work (I’m guessing this was an old merchant bank or shipping company) and many Thai features (golden elephants and Buddhas) it was clear that an up-market Thai restaurant experience lay in store.
The restaurant was busier than I expected for a blustery Sunday evening and it was nice to see that many types of customers looked comfortable being there – from a group of post-shopping ladies to romantic couples and families with their children. The music was just loud enough that it provided a nice background but not so that you struggled to hear your dining companions. We were seated in the beautiful ‘Ballroom’. You can see some photos of this area below.
The service was faultless – attentive without being overbearing. We noticed that most, if not all the staff, were from South-East Asia, adding the feeling of ‘being in Thailand’.
The food was delicious and beautifully presented. Special mention should go the the Massaman Lamb curry – its delicate flavours, permeated the dish without being too spicy. Nice portion size, too. The Berry Pavlova was also beautifully presented and finished before we knew it!
While prices are not over the top, it is not the place to go to for a cheap curry. For a few pounds more, you get excellent service and beautiful surroundings.
Just8 gives Chaopraya 9/10.