Last month the boyf and I were invited along to Chaophraya Thai restaurant at the Bullring in Birmingham. As huge Thai food fans we were excited to enjoy an afternoon of feasting on one of their set menu options.
Having lived in Thailand over last winter and visiting the country on numerous occasions we like to think of ourselves as connoisseurs of the cuisine. That is, we have eaten A LOT of Thai food in our lifetime. We love it. From quickie street food at our favourite Bangkok street restaurant (oh how I miss my barbecue pork and sticky rice) to driving across town in Chiang Maito our fave Pad Thai man (I’d fly back there just for that) for a 40p roadside noodles in a styrofoam box, through to a fancier Royal Thai (as they call it) cuisine of rich curries and cute appetisers.
When we arrived at Chaophraya there was a decent number of folks already there making the most of the lunch menu, it’s clearly rather popular and it was only a weekday. We however picked one of the set menus – the Set Menu Chaophraya so we could sample a good range of the dishes they had to offer. We were kindly allowed to switch out the beef dish to a pork one from the other set menu.
Firstly we were offered a glass of prosecco which was a lovely touch, and then we began the meal with the appetisers platter. There were some of the usual suspects such as Chicken Satay and Spring Rolls, but also a few more unusual ones such as the Fish Golden Baskets. The boyf was a big fan of the fish one. I’m pretty predictable and enjoyed the satay.
For mains we had LOADS of food. Seriously, the portions were seriously generous for two people. We had 4 dishes plus rice. My favourite was the Lamb Mussaman curry which was deliciously coconut creamy and rich with loads of meat and peanuts. The boyf loved the Roast Pork Belly which was seasoned exactly like how we tried it in Thailand. We weren’t so keen on the Turmeric Prawns dish which was a bit too salty. The Sea Bass was covered in Thai sweet chilli sauce that was just too sweet for me. So I’d recommend sticking to the curry dishes or the stir fry.
All in all it was a rather lovely meal out. We did not need to eat again that day after such a feast, all of which was pretty decent value for money at around £40 a head.
I’ll definitely be back again for the Mussuman Curry!