Chao Baby Thai restaurant review, Manchester

Dessert at Chao Baby Thai buffet at the Trafford Centre, Manchester
Prawn crackers, spring rolls, Thai fishcakes and chicken satay for starters at Chao Baby in Trafford Centre


So recently I visited on of my fave Thai buffets in Manchester, Chao Baby.
Part of the Chaophraya chain of restaurants, Chao Baby is situated in the North West’s busiest shopping destination, the Trafford Centre.
The chicken is Halal at Chao Baby, and luckily there are more chicken options than any other meat, so you’re not deprived of choice.
The seafood selection is minimal. In fact I saw just one dish. So if it’s dish you’re after, this may not be the place for you.
Chao baby doesn’t boast a huge variety of options, however the quality of each dish and the authenticity (having just come from Bangkok, I can vouch for this) makes  Chao Baby worth a visit.
Thai chicken soup
Chicken Soup
The starters and soups are a treat. With lots of fresh salads, plus my heavenly hot Tom Yum soups, the starters promise a palette-tantalising treat.
Spicy and savoury prawn crackers at Chao Baby restaurant
I particularly love the papaya salad, a real delicacy in Thailand. It may sound simple but the mix of fruit and chilli makes for a great salad combo and worth loading up on.
The prawn crackers are great, and the fishcakes are awesomely authentic.
As well as good starters, Chao Baby boasts some regional mains. The Thai green veg curry is creamy but not overpowering, while the Chicken Massoman offers a meaty, coconut laden alternative.
Once we’d loaded up on starters and mains, the dessert section provided a welcome cleanser with fruit being the principle offering.
I filled my plate with melons and pineapple, and couldn’t resist just a couple if scoops of ice cream on the side.
I don’t feel too guilty though, as I avoided the more dangerous of dessert options, syrup coated bananas and pancakes.
Full without feeling sick, I would visit Chao Baby again.
At £13.95 per head, it’s a reasonably priced buffet of quality food, and is much better than some of the standard chains on offer at the Trafford Centre.

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