Europe’s largest Thai restaurant opened in Glasgow in July 2012 slap bang in the middle of the City Centre, next to Buchanan Street Underground station. Since then it’s become a hot destination for anyone looking for fantastic food in luxurious surroundings.
The mammoth venue is spread across 4 floors in the impressive Townhouse building. The decor is an exercise in opulence. The original features of the building have been kept including the grand marble flooring and staircase. Hundreds of details add up to decadent effect. Rich colours, polished wood and chandaliers feature heavily. Large gold Buddha statues smile serenely at you while you eat. Seating is covered in leather and velvet.
The menu is substantial and covers Thai favourites like fish cakes and green curry. A Thai take on the ever popular Scottish scallops and black pudding is a delicious option if you want to try something a bit more adventurous. If you’re new to food from this part of the world the menu is cleverly organised to help you navigate it, with Chef’s Signature Dishes highlighted. If you want to make it really easy on yourself go for one of the set menus, which include an appetiser platter so you can try a few things. Vegetarian’s can also make out like bandits in Chaophraya: there’s a good range of interesting meat free dishes.
The staff are really friendly and knowledgeable about the food and are more than happy to talk to you about what you like or dislike and help you make a choice. And if your eyes are bigger than your belly (understandable with so much choice), they’ll box the leftovers for you to pick at when you get home.
The size of the venue means it can cater to pretty much any dining occasion, from a table for 2 in the busy main restaurant, to large round booths if you’re with a group. There are several private dining areas suitable for different sized parties and for a romantic and intimate evening book the Buddha Balcony for 2, overlooking the main restaurant.
For drinks there’s the equally lavish Palm Sugar bar, serving fabulous cocktails. Ideal if the Scottish weather is playing up - you can avoid finding a different location for your pre or post dinner drinks.
Chaophraya, The Townhouse, Nelson Mandela Place, Glasgow, G1 2LL