With my Thailand trip fast approaching, it was a no brainer that I give the new bottomless brunch at Chaophraya a go before I fly. If you have seen any of my recent bottomless brunch posts (here and here) you will know that I am most happy pottering into Manchester at lunch time for copious amounts of food and prosecco. Add unlimited Thai food and I am even happier. Let’s take a look.
Visit Chaophraya between 11am and 3pm on a Sunday, and for 90 minutes you can indulge in as many dishes on the brunch menu. It costs £25 per head but, for an extra tenner, you can also enjoy unlimited glasses of prosecco, something I would NEVER say no to.
I would recommend that you try and sit near the window as the mahogany and dark carpet make the restaurant a little on the dark side during the day. You can expect the same impeccable service with a warm Thai welcome and quick refreshment of both food and drink. The prosecco is topped up when needed and is really tasty. Not too dry making it perfect for lunch time dining.
You will find classic Thai dishes as well as lesser known dishes. A bottomless brunch is a great way to try the dishes you are not sure about without feeling you are missing out on your favourites. The menu has starters, mains and desserts, which we ate in the traditional order albeit you can order what you want, when you want.
The Prawn Crackers have a light heat, as you would expect with the Thai version of these crunchy delights. The sweet chilli dip they are accompanied by is clearly fresh without that jammy texture of bottled versions. Once again, a light heat with a touch of sweetness, we kept hold of it and asked for more regularly to smother our food in. They should sell the stuff I swear.
The Chicken Spring Rolls are delicious. Once again, clearly freshly made with crunchy vegetables and chicken inside a crispy coating.
My favourite dish from the starters selection was the Thai Tacos. Red curried chicken with coconut milk for added richness is served atop soft rice flour tacos. I’m not ashamed to tell you we ordered several plates of these and would have polished off more if we weren’t stuffed to the brim by the end of our visit. They were delicious and I would order them as a starter during every visit in the future.
The Sweetcorn Cakes were also tasty with red curry sweetcorn deep fried. They are sweet with a spike of heat, just delicious.
All dishes are full sized and presented beautifully, the way you would expect if you were dining a la carte. The Crispy Pork Belly With Thai Basil is light and fragrant. Slices of crispy pork belly with lightly cooked sugar snap peas and peppers served with fresh chilli, garlic and hot basil leaves. Healthy and colourful, my friend ordered 2!
The Chicken Massaman Curry is creamy yet light with slices of chicken, chunks of potato and baby onions. Massaman is my favourite Thai dish and something I can’t wait to try in Thailand when I get there. I think it works better with lamb due to it being a fattier meat but this version is a little lighter and better for eating with so many other dishes.
The Thai Omelette is what I am expecting to see in Thailand for an authentic dish. The omelette has a fluffy centre with crispy edges and is served on jasmine rice with soy sauce and chilli. Add the sriracha for even more taste and heat!
The desserts on offer are light, just perfect to finish off all that food! The Thai Honey Yoghurt was my favourite served with pineapple, mango puree and granola. The yoghurt isn’t overly sweet so works well with the tart puree and a little crunch from the granola.
The Coconut Pandan Pancakes are fluffy and small meaning you can order more if you aren’t satisfied after this portion. A drizzle of golden syrup finishes them off nicely.
We left with full tummies and love for Thailand in our hearts. To say I am excited about visiting after this meal is an understatement. I’ve got 3 weeks to go, that’s 3 more brunches at Chaophraya right?
We were invited to dine as guests of Chaophraya.