by Dave Massey twitter.com/BrumHour
Chaophraya Thai at Bullring, Birmingham
In the shadow of the statue of Lord Nelson at Bullring in central Birmingham sits Chaophraya a modern Thai Restaurant with friendly and polite staff. This has been here for some years, but I’m shocked to report to you, dear reader, that this is my very first visit.
I’ve been told that there’s some brand new Thai Re-Imagined items on the menu and I’ve asked if I can check it out for lunch. As a result I’m not trying the typical menu items that I might go for at a Thai Restaurant, I’m usually have Hot and Sour Soup without prawns and Thai Green/Yellow or Red curry depending on how I’m feeling on the day I visit.
My plus one and I are seemingly the first to arrive to eat this day and we are promptly placed in the window. After all a restaurant with people in is far more likely to have passing trade stop for lunch. Compared to the places inside Bullring, Chaophraya offers a more upscale affair. After all, it is a medium sized chain with branches in larger cities across the UK.
The menus (Note the plural), we are given are pretty extensive, thankfully there’s just seven dishes on the Thai Re-imagined menu. We order Farrang Sausage Pad Ka Pow, Chicken Boxing, Tom Yum Roast Duck Wings and Sous Vide Pepper and Garlic Beef. I take a deep breath and I’m suddenly aware we’ve gone for Chicken, Beef, Duck and Sausage all within the starter.
We order a mocktail each a Chaophraya Fruit Punch and Totally Tropical they are bright, sweet and extra fruity.
Before our starters arrive our server pops back to say that there is some shrimp in the Tom Yum sauce, my friend is allergic to prawns/shrimp and I’m just fussy and usually say no fish or seafood. When the Duck wings arrive they have a little pot of the sauce next to them instead of it being poured over. Being flexible for peoples requirements like this is great and really made us feel like it was tailored.
Our starters are here and by this time tables around us are starting to fill up. I’m not sure if the other diners are new or regulars but they are looking over at our crazy bright cocktails and our table of four starters. We split our starter in half with the accompanying plates. The chicken and duck slide off the bone just as they should and beef is tasty and the sausage is nicely spicy. I’m already working out when I can come and try my Thai regulars.
Soon after our mains arrive, Mushroom Spicy Riceberry and Basil, I’ve never heard of riceberry and on googling it I discover its far more healthy than I’d expect it to be, but it comes with a fried egg on top so don’t get your hopes up for pretending to have eaten smartly. It looks like a brunch item really when it arrives.
Our second main that we split in half was a Thai Chicken Rice, crispy chicken breast in a sweet chilli sauce, whilst hardly adventurous as far as Birmingham is concerned it’s still a great dish and I was feeling pretty full up after four half starters and two half mains.
I don’t really think of Bullring when I’m thinking of treating myself to lunch or dinner out in Birmingham, so its really nice to have Chaophraya here to change my attitude. I might even be persuaded away from my Hot and Spicy soup next time I visit. But lets see! The service is lovely and the staff are very helpful when it comes to specific requirements.
Chaophraya have launched their Thai Re-Imagined range this month. Book a table here: chaophraya.co.uk/birmingham
This isn’t a sponsored post. Chaophraya provided lunch for two in exchange for an experience blog post. We did leave a tip. #BrumHour isn’t obliged to say nice things in exchange for this blog post.