This Summer, we’re going to be bringing you a review of a different restaurant each week which is inspired by dishes from all over the world. I think it’s fair to say that most of us are creatures of habit. We’re content with the same salt n pepper chips from the same chippy and we’re not arsed that Susan from accounts loves to fine dine every weekend. *Disclaimer, there’s nothing wrong with salt n pepper chips and a pot of curry*
With that in mind, we want to show you what’s on offer in Liverpool that might tempt you out of your comfort zone. Whether it’s a chain or an independent, we’ll give you an honest review and provide some recommendations which are given to us on the night, as well as teasing with a selection of pictures the food and drink.
To start us off, we took a visit to Chavasse Parks luxury Thai restaurant, Chaophraya. Sat next to it’s sister bar, Palm Sugar, Chaophraya gives guests an authentic Thai dining experience that isn’t just focused on the food. The restaurant itself has been designed to look like something you would find in Thailand with it’s unique heritage and cultural interiors.
The menu consists of, as you would expect, noodle, rice and curry dishes as well as soups & salads (so really, there something for everyone). There is also a sharer menu, which, if you’re looking to try a variety of dishes, would be perfect for you.
We started off with the Khun Kim grill satay platter. A sizzling plate packed with steak, chicken and a generous selection of vegetables. This starter is a gym heads dream. Perfect for getting in that extra protein! The beef was cooked perfectly – it was soft and juicy and packed with flavour. The chicken was just as good – but no one is interest in chicken when there’s steak available.
We also had a Prawn Tom-Yum (hot and sour soup to me and you). A rich, creamy yet spicy dish packed full of flavour from lemongrass, roasted chillies and Thai spices. Probably not one for you if you’re a “lemon and herb dressing” type of chicken lover.
Once we’d had time to let are 2/3 starters to digest, we were ready to move onto the main course. Everything we picked on the evening was recommended to us by our host who gave us a really detailed description of what was in the dishes and what proved popular with other guests.
I went for the Sous Vide Beef Panang. A slow cooked beef dish in a creamy panang sauce with green beans, chillies and finished with lime leaves. The beef fell apart as soon as the fork went in and the flavours from it were incredible. I can’t recommend it enough. With it, I had coconut rice which went perfectly. The sweet, creamy and chilli flavours all worked really well.
We also had the Pork Belly with raspberry rice (all about the healthy balance…!) A generous portion, packed with flavour and soft, juicy pork belly. It might not be to everyone’s taste, but definitely worth giving a go if you’re on the fence – you won’t be disappointed.
We did have every intention of having a desert after the main meals, but we were that stuffed, we couldn’t even look at the menu. It’s not very often we say that!
It’s fair to say that the meal from Chaophraya well and truly exceeded our expectations. We knew it would be good, but we didn’t know how good. If you’re looking for a restaurant with bustling atmosphere for a special occasion (or just a pay day treat) then we would say give these guys a try.
Thanks for having us – we’ll be back very, very soon!