I feel as though I must start off by stating, if this restaurant is only #318 out of 989, then I wish I was in Glasgow longer to sample other places!
I looked the Chaophraya up when I got back (I went here when on business, a colleague had been before and took us there), and was completely amazed that it was only just in the top third.
Presentation seems to be everything here; the building is magnificent, very impressive and used to the the Scottish Academy for Music.
Everything is so grand, I spotted that you can even eat on the little hidden balconies that you get to off the same upper floor as the loos, so you can overlook a lower floor.
The building seems quite ?abstract in its layout, there are multi levels on each floor and it just seems to match perfectly to the grandeur of the building.
I liked simple things like the fanned napkins and the fanned menus. The seats were great also - lots of little 'booths'.
On first look at the menu it is expensive (individual starters circa £7-£8 each; sharer starter platter £10 each).
Three of us had the Asian sharer platter for starters which was recommended by my colleague, it was lovely. You get a giant king prawn, chicken spring roll and chicken satay skewer each, along with a pile of marinated pork and herbs (looked more like beef sesame to us), and a pile of crispy duck salad. Also three little pots of sauce, of which the sweet chilli, and more so the peanut sauce, was divine. I wasn't so keen on the duck salad as it seemed a bit vinegary, but everything else was delicious. The marinated pork and the peanut satay dip went together particularly well.
For mains (all £11 - £20 unless you have salad) I had king prawn in ginger, which was basically a stir fry; onions, peppers, mushrooms, spring onions and real chillies, along with a dish of noodles. There were a few other items which really took my fancy - Panang beef curry; Jungle fish curry and traditional Chicken pad thai, that I wish I was local so I could go back!
My colleagues had Massaman lamb curry, and Spicy seafood udon noodles. The seafood was very spicy but not sure if that's just his taste!!
We decided we had to have desserts (priced £6 - £7), so all plucked for the Thai pancakes. These impressed me on first look - they were bright green!! But don't let that put you off... the fillings were sticky rice, Pandan leaf (also green, but a smooth paste), and coconut caramel which was my favourite.
I would DEFINITELY recommend this restaurant, if only to go for a quick main meal to check out how lovely the building is.
Although it is a bit pricey so be prepared - but the atmosphere is wonderful.
I will certainly be looking up a Chaophraya more local, and hopefully they will be in buildings just as lovely.
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