I must admit, Dr W and I really made the most of out time off together post-move. We headed out three nights in a row! One of those evenings, was back into Brum for a date night at Chaorphraya.
Now I must admit I’ve been to Chaophraya before, I took a friend a few trips ago to Manchester. Whereas Dr W hasn’t been before. I was looking forward to dinner and I hoped it would be on the same par as my last experience.
To Start: Drinks and a Sharing Platter
We had pretty much made our minds up the moment we arrived as to starting the night with a cocktail. Now much to my annoyance the current drinks menu is not online and therefore I cannot exactly tell you what was in our drinks. But Dr W had the Reviver and I the Dragon’s Eye. His was a tequila one, mine was gin of course!
Being pretty indecisive humans and loving to share food between us it was only natural to go with the Chaophraya Platter to start. I was looking forward to the Thai Chicken Tacos, but sadly they didn’t quite hit the mark unlike my last visit. But we really enjoyed the Thai Curry Battered Prawns and the Chicken Spring Rolls were seriously tasty. The Thai Fishcakes were fishy, and had a little kick. Lastly DR W made the most of the Crispy Duck Salad, which he says was the stand out on the plate. Sadly it had cucumber in, so none for me.
We Continue… More Sharing
Whilst last time I checked out Chaophraya my dining partner and I played it traditional with curries, we decided for more sharing. Ordering a selection of dishes to nibble on. Dr W picked the Chilli Pork Belly, this was sweet but spicy and the crackling was perfect! I picked the Chicken and Prawn Wontons, these were tasty, but not entirely what I was expecting and a little too drowned in soy sauce for me. We also picked from the Thai Re-imagined menu, going for the Chicken Boxing. These were succulent chicken wings, battered and in a Thai chilli sauce. Tasty but not so stand out. Lastly we had the Pad Thai, which for a Pad Thai was pretty spot on, with plenty of fish sauce and loads of crunchy peanuts. We should’ve ordered two Pad Thai’s as we fought over this a bit!
So overall, we enjoyed our meal, but it just missed the wow factor for me. The restaurant in Birmingham is quite different to the one in Manchester. For the price of the meal it didn’t really feel like a date night location, whereas the it’s northern counterpart was very opulent with an incredible bar. Some of the dishes hit the spot, definitely. But others were a bit forgettable. But for one thing, even though the online drinks menu isn’t up to date, the two cocktails we did drink did hit the spot. Now if only they had a better bar area. I think if I do return, it’ll be for the price fix lunch menu to refuel during a shopping trip. From speaking to friends who’ve visited the Birmingham branch they feel much the same.
Have you been to Chaophraya before (they have quite a few locations across the country)? Would you check it out? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Chaophraya invited us down to check out the menu. As ever all words, photos and opinions are my own.
P.P.S. Chaophraya is located at Saint Martins Square, 6 Spiceal St, Bullring, Birmingham B5 4BW or find your local one here.
P.P.P.S. Check out my review of the Manchester Chaophraya.