Palm Sugar Launch Party, Chaophraya, Leeds

Last Thursday we were invited to the launch of Leeds newest bar. Phil had to cry off due to an offer of an event at no other than Highgrove House, well you can’t blame him. I had a terrible trip back up the M1 and arrived at 8.30 to find the party in full flow. I was greeted at the door by fire dancers and inside all 3 girls were raving about the organisation, service and quality of the interior design which is a fusion of traditional Thailand and contemporary glamour. On arrival a choice of cocktails were offered and the canapés were frankly of the no expense spared variety! The chicken satay skewers, chilli king prawns with noodles and the vegetarian spring rolls were delicious. After a few champagne cocktails we were given a tour of the bar, private dining room and Kim’s (the owner) table. You know when a bar is top draw when it stock’s very special tipples such as Johnny Walker Blue Label. The private dining room is very stylish with a sunken table giving the appearance of being seated on the floor and Kim’s table is a lavish booth seating up to six for multi course extravaganzas.

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Upstairs, Chaophraya restaurant is the mother ship and the refurb has been done to the highest standard with several semi private areas and a sleek new bar, offering tapas style dishes. The restaurant also has a brand new à la carte menu and a range of set menus designed by Chaophraya’s founder, Kim Kaewkraikhot
I think this place really does set the standard in Leeds now and the food and drink probably make it the best all round venue. Hopefully new entrants and some of the other high end establishments will rise to the challenge. I cannot finish this blog without complementing the entire Chaophraya team for a fantastic night. We will make many visits and recommend it without hesitation.

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G&D.

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