Thursday, August 2, 2018

Chaophraya: Fine Dining Thai Restaurant in Aberdeen, Scotland

"Sawadee ka"... The restaurant manager warmly greeted us as we stepped into Chaophraya. Located on Union Street, Aberdeen, this beautiful Thai fine dining restaurant is housed in one of the city's most notable buildings, formerlyThe Monkey House, now transformed into a Thai paradise with its ornate Buddha and elephant statues.

The menu offers an impressive selection of classic Thai and signature dishes, ranging from appetizers to soups, Thai curries, salads, stir fries, noodle and rice. After 10 days into our Scotland trip, we were desperately missing Asian food so everything on the menu sounded so good!

There are quite a number of appetizers on offer at Chaophraya, so if you'd like to sample a variety, the platters are definitely the way to go. We went for the Chaophraya Platter (£9.95 per person) for 2 pax which comes with Thai chicken tacos, Thai fish cakes, chicken spring rolls, red curry battered prawns and crispy duck salad... a nice balance of spicy and mild flavours and loved how beautiful this platter looked!

BabySumoKids' favorite was the red curry battered prawns in a light tempura batter, served with sweet chilli sauce. The Thai chicken tacos were fantastic small bites; red curried chicken finished with coconut milk and served over a lightly pan seared chewy rice flour taco. I love a good Thai fish cake, and the ones here definitely ticked the boxes..spicy and tangy, perfect for whetting our appetites. The chicken spring rolls were filled with minced chicken, carrot, cabbage, Chinese mushroom and vermicelli and deep fried to crispy perfection. The crispy duck salad was addictively spicy and appetizing, with roasted crispy duck strips tossed in a chilli and lime dressing with pomegranate, spring onion, red onion, tomatoes, celery and Sriracha sauce. A great start to our meal!

For mains, we decided to go for two mild curries (also their bestsellers), the Royal Lamb Massaman Curry (£14.95) and Beef Panang Curry (£13.95). Loved how authentic and comforting both the curries taste. We especially loved the creamy panang curry, with the tender chunks of beef which has been slow cooked with green beans, chillies and finished with kaffir lime leaves.

I was craving for some tom yum soup, so the Prawn Tom Yum (£8.95) definitely hit the spot. A fiery hot and sour soup with generous amounts of prawns and mushrooms.

A Chaophyraya classic, the Suea Rong Hai aka Weeping Tiger (£20.95) features a 21-day dry-aged sirloin steak served sliced on a sizzling platter with seasonal vegetables and black pepper sauce. We would recommend ordering this medium rare. The juicy, tender steak was beautifully cooked to our delight.

You can find Thai Riceberry, the new superfood taking Thailand by storm here at Chaophraya. This purple grain is a cross-pollination between Jao Hom Nin (black rice), Thai Hom Mali and Dawk Mali 105 (two very high-quality strands of jasmine rice) and is packed full of antioxidants and minerals.

At Chaophraya, you will also find a selection of Thai Reimagined dishes ... miang kham (£2.95) is one of our favorite appetizers, so we gave their version a try. In lieu of betel leaves, they use nasturtium leaves topped with palm sugar, coconut, and chillies for a delicious bite.

For dessert, we shared the Chocolate Bombe (£7.95), Chocolate Box (£7.95) and the Mango sticky rice (£7.45). Desserts are less Thai, with the exception of the latter which is a classic Thai dessert - sweet mango with sticky rice and coconut cream.

The Chocolate Bombe, a chocolate sphere served with a warm caramel sauce is filled with peanut mousse, peanuts, toffee and chocolate. Rich and sinful!

Chocolate Bombe

The exquisite Chocolate Box features a dark and white chocolate mousse with a lemongrass centre, topped with toasted coconut ice cream.

Great service paired with delicious Thai food, it's no surprise Chaophraya is well-loved and highly popular with the locals.

Opening times: Sunday - Thursday 12.00pm - 2:30pm & 5.00pm - 9.00pm; Friday - 12.00pm - 2:30pm & 5.00pm - 10:30pm; Saturday 12.00pm - 10:30pm.

Location: Chaophraya, 1 Union Terrace, Aberdeen AB10 1NJ, Scotland, United Kingdom.

Tel: +44 (0) 1224 061180


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  1. Food looks so good. I so so love Thai. Bet it does not come cheap there, not that it is all that affordable here actually.

  2. That thai style steak looks rather impressive!


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