Chaophraya Thai restaurant review, Birmingham
So we recently spent a weekend in Birmingham so of course it was an opportunity to try out a restaurant outside of London. Having had a week of bland, easy food, following a weekend of curry, I really wanted to treat my palette to something different. And that’s where Chaophraya restaurant, a Thai place, came in.
Now I’ve heard good things about the Manchester branch of Chaophraya restaurant, and had been to its sister version, Chao Baby in the Trafford Centre (you can read that review here
Chaophraya is situated in Birmingham’s main shopping centre, the Bullring. So it’s a super convenient location for shopping, but a bit of a pain to drive to, as city centre parking is painful and sparse.
The actual location is tucked near the foodie area, with Jamie’s Italian and Nandos as neighbours, so it’s in good company. But it’s important to note that Chaophraya doesn’t have many branches – I think they’re currently in Leeds, Manchester and Glasgow, so it’s not a full-on chain.
The chicken and lamb is halal, so we had good food options. And here’s what we had:
The steamed dumplings were tasty little bites and the salty soy dip was on point.
Tom yum soup
One of my favourite soups. This tom yum didn’t disappoint. The prawns were meaty and succulent, the the soup wasn’t too watery nor too creamy.
My only niggle would be that there wasn’t much of it, but maybe that’s because I’m used to the big buckets of Tom yum soup served up in Thailand, which I enjoyed daily whilst there.
The lamb massoman had really good quality succulent cuts of lamb, and I loved the potatoes and chickpeas that went with it.
I would say though perhaps it was a little too creamy, and we could have done with half the amount of coconut milk they used. I would say it’s definitely a dish for sharing, as eating it alone would be too much.
Overall though Chaophraya restaurant was a good dining experience, and I would go there again.
Chaophraya Thai restaurant in a nutshell
Price – around £5 for starters, £8 for soups, and £10 for mains.
Halal – chicken and lamb is halal.
Great if… You want a quality Thai dining experience in a city centre.
Not so great if… You prefer quantity over quality. Chaophraya dishes are tasty, but not plentiful.