Review // Chaophraya, L1, Liverpool

I’m sure you all understand by now that this blog is all about food! I love to cook, bake and dine out often so when an invite landed in my inbox to try the new menu at Chaophraya in Liverpool, I just had to attend!

Chaophraya is somewhere I’ve actually been a couple of times before and really loved the experience, the restaurant’s interior and most importantly, the food! However my other half hadn’t been before and I was excited to take him along as I knew he would be bowled over!

On arrival, we were quickly greeted and seated in the downstairs section of the restaurant, in perfect view of the open kitchen.
The entire menu had been given a re-vamp with the restaurant owners taking a trip to Thailand to really nail Thai cuisine and bring it to a British, and more importantly, scouse audience!

The drinks menu offered plenty of variation so I decided to opt for a short cocktail – choosing to sample the Soam Sugar cocktail which blended vanilla vodka, coconut, passionfruit and a shot of prosecco! When I read the ingredients out to my boyfriend, he exclaimed it was me in a drink so I knew I’d chosen well! My partner opted for a chilled glass of Big Top Rose Zinfandel. I snuck a sip and it was lovely and fruity – what every glass of rose should be!

Once our drinks had been ordered it was on to the main event – food! We were defo spoilt for choice and so much so, we opted for the sharing platter to start. Ample in size, we tucked into satay chicken, squid, vegetable spring rolls and battered, gently grilled Thai fish cakes and wing bean tempura! Totally different but it worked! The platter was complete with three dipping sauces – a sweet chilli, satay-influenced dip and a green, pea-tasting dip. Not sure on the last one, but each bowl was emptied by the time we’d finished the starter!

It had just the right amount to share and we had fun choosing which one we were going to sample next and identifying the flavours!
Once the platter had been demolished we had a short breather in-between courses which I find helpful to cleanse the palette and prep for the next course!

For my main I went for the chicken with cashew nuts stir fry with coconut rice. Now I’ll admit I’m a bit of a spice wimp. I can handle slight heat but chilli’s in food are a no-go so the cashew nut infused dish sounded like the perfect dish for me!

Whilst my partner settled on the sirloin steak with a fried egg, thai veg and a side of noodles to accompany. He silently worked his way through his meal, a sign it was very good indeed!

The starter and main courses filled us up rather nicely but were not one’s to refuse desserts…especially when I saw the chocolate bombe!
Topped with whisky flavoured pouring cream, honeycomb and vanilla ice cream, the chocolate bombe is ideal for those who love to indulge!

We had a lovely evening and thoroughly enjoyed each course of our meal. The atmosphere and staff were inviting and I can’t wait for our next visit!

* I was invited along to review the new menu in exchange for our meal. I was not paid for this review. 

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