Boasting panoramic views of Newcastle’s Grey’s Monument, it was easy to see why Chaophraya – Newcastle’s newest Thai eatery – was causing such a buzz when it opened. Located within the new Intu Eldon Square Grey’s Quarter, Chaophraya thai restaurant occupies a prime spot on the top floor of the new development and it’s easy to see why so many people are talking about it.
The restaurant is accessed by a lift which took us directly to the restaurant’s reception desk where one of Chaophraya’s hosts were waiting to greet us. We arrived a little earlier than our reservation so made our way to the bar whilst our table was being prepared. After ordering our drinks we were quickly shown to our seats and given some prawn crackers with a sweet chilli dipping sauce to enjoy whilst we browsed through the menu.
After much deliberation, we decided to share a Chaophraya Platter in addition to some Thai Chicken Tacos. The platter consisted of a selection of chicken satay, Thai fish cakes, chicken spring rolls, squid and wing bean tempura. As all of the dishes are available as individual starters we felt this was a great way to sample a selection of appetisers and we certainly weren’t disappointed. I would say overall the tacos were my favorite, however they were all delicious.
For our main courses we both opted for the Chicken Pad Thai as we had seen a few others enjoying this dish and it looked delicious. As the national dish of Thailand we had very high expectations and I can hands down say that it was the best Pad Thai I’ve had. The dish consisted of stir-fried rice noodles in tamarind sauce with chicken, spring onions, carrots, egg, tofu, sweet turnip and bean sprouts, topped with lightly pickled vegetables. We also ordered a side of vegetables.
Unfortunately we were so full after our starters and main courses that we decided against ordering desserts, but the Chocolate Bombe and White Chocolate Box definitely caught my eye and will be on my list for the next time we visit.
As a fine dining restaurant – and after hearing a lot of great things – I visited Chaophraya with very high expectations and I was certainly not disappointed. Not only was the food amazing, owners Thai Leisure, have fully embraced the culture with the restaurant’s stylish and contemporary decor. There was an extensive Thai-inspired cocktail list available, in addition to alfresco seating and private dining facilities.
To top off what had already been a lovely evening we were invited to participate in the Thailand tradition of honouring Buddha by decorating Chaophraya’s statue in gold leaf – a lovely touch that really finished off our night. Thank you again to Chaophraya for such a lovely evening and I will certainly be back soon!