As you may already know by my numerous foodie related pictures over on my instagram; I love food, especially spicy food! So when I heard word of Chaopraya Liverpool putting together a tasteful, foodie occasion – of course I jumped at the chance!
With my blogger babe Rio in tow, we headed off for a night of fine thai dining experience!
We were greeted with the friendliest smiles and lead nicely to our seats, the decor and atmosphere of Chaopraya was splendid; just the perfect amount of chitter-chatter accompanying the infused, fragrant smells of the orient.
We both ordered the Mockingbird (Jinzu Gin, Maraschino, Pink Grapefruit Juice, Cherry, Soda) to start the night, which comes in the most flamboyant cage – Perfectly instagram-worthy might I add :). Not only is it stunning, the cocktail itself was very refreshing with a hint of sweetness from the cherry which I really liked.
After a few social media updates and photos it was already time to order our food.
We decided to share everything as it is the Thai way and Chaophraya encourages you to eat ‘family style’, where multiple dishes are shared by everyone at the table. Personally I love this style of eating not only do you get to try a bit of everything, you also really do feel that sense of family by the simple gesture of sharing. It makes the meal all the more relaxing 🙂
We went for the Chicken Satay which is described as ‘A classic dish of chicken bamboo skewers, carefully grilled over charcoal, served with homemade peanut sauce and vegetable relish’.
Thai Fishcakes ‘Spicy cod and coley fish cakes blended with our special recipe of green beans, lime leaves and red curry paste served with a sweet chilli sauce and a peanut vegetable relish’.
And one of my all time favourites Soft Shell Crab & Sweet & Squid Tempura which is described as ‘Soft shell crab and squid in a light crispy batter along with wing bean and asparagus tempura with chilli & lime avocado dip‘.
All were exceptional dishes but the one that stood out the most to me was the Soft Shell Crab, the crispness of the batter along with the zesty chilli & lime avocado dip was just the dream!
Moving onto the mains, we first decided that it was a must to try the Chicken Pad Thai as it is ‘The national dish of Thailand’. Stir-fried rice noodles in tamarind sauce with chicken, spring onions, carrots, egg, tofu, sweet turnip and bean sprouts, topped with lightly pickled vegetables’. I mean didn’t that just scream deliciousness?!
To finish off the night we also had the Palm Sugar & Chilli Glazed Chicken which is described as ‘Baby chicken grilled over charcoal with a palm sugar, chilli and coriander glaze. Served with a salad of carrots, mango, asparagus, papaya and baby gem lettuce’. Accompanied by a bowl of Sticky Rice. Now, if you want your chicken to be packed full of flavour with a kick of spice and herbs then this is definitely the dish for you. No basic chicken here! Also note that the salad that this dish comes with is also quite spectacular, everything tasted so fresh and so sweet – a really nice accompaniment to the flavourful chicken.
Overall I had a fabulous time at Chaopraya and will definitely be back to enjoy more of their new menu. I already have my eyes set on the seared 8oz sirloin steak on a Himalayan rock salt block and the Papaya Salad!!
What’s your favourite Thai dish? Please leave your recommendations below!