Visit Chaophraya for Luxury Thai in Leeds
I was really stoked to be invited* to sample the launch of Chaophraya‘s brand spanking new menu recently. Serving up Thai in Leeds since 2004, and expanding out to open restaurants in six other cities across the UK, Chaophraya has completely revamped its’ menu to offer a high-end dining experience.
*Full disclosure: I was offered this meal free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. As always, my opinions are my own, and I wouldn’t endorse anything here that I didn’t genuinely enjoy. For reals, this Thai food was awesome.
I love Thai food, but it can be hard to find vegetarian gluten-free Thai, as many dishes contain soy sauce and/or fish sauce. There are some great options for Thai in Leeds, with My Thai, Zaap, and Thai Roy A Dee all in the Northern Quarter alone, but none of these match Chaophraya for luxury status. Don’t get me wrong, I love cheap and cheerful (we ate Thai street feed to celebrate our engagement, for crying out loud) but Chaophraya just feels like a treat – from the friendly service to the opulent decor, and romantic lighting (imma be honest, romantic lighting is not a bloggers’ best friend – I apologise for the quality of some of the pictures in this post). Obviously, to me, the food makes or breaks an eatery – you can be as fancy as you like, but I won’t be going back if the eats aren’t up to scratch.
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…And Chaophraya didn’t disappoint on that front either. The restaurant has an app on their iPad so that diners can tick off their own allergens and be presented with a personalised menu. How cool is that? It was great to be able to just quickly manage that process, without causing a fuss. First up, the staff practically bent over backwards to organise a starter that was suitable for me, and it was divine: a super-spicy papaya salad, freshly made up, sans soy sauce. I sampled the Green Vegetable Curry, which was beautiful, the vegetables tasted really fresh and the curry was super flavoursome, without being over spiced. My partner had the show-stopping Chamber Aged Sirloin Steak, cooked yourself at the table on a searing block of Himalayan rock salt. Not one for my fellow vegetarians, but must for meat-lovers.
I should mention the cocktails too. We were offered a choice of three on arrival: the Rubies and Diamonds, with pomegranate liqueur and cranberry juice topped with little white wine and served with fresh pomegranate seeds; The Flower Market, a gin cocktail, featuring Aperol, elderflower, lemon and vanilla; or the D.I.Y, a ‘shake it yourself’ whisky cocktail with lemon, vanilla, raspberry and bitters. The D.I.Y sounded awesome, and I love a good whisky cocktail, but unfortunately we were brought a Flower Market instead – I’m not a fan of Aperol, but my partner enjoyed it, and the Rubies and Diamonds was sweet, and punchy.
Chaophraya offers Thai in Leeds, in a high-end, luxury atmosphere. With really knowledgeable staff, great cocktails and a fresh, allergen-conscious, menu all served up in a fine-dining restaurant environment, Chaophraya is definitely a treat worth taking. I ended the evening on a high note, with my all-time favourite end-of-the-night cocktail, an espresso martini.