A couple of weeks ago we had booked to have dinner at Chaophraya in Leeds with some friends who were to be staying with us over weekend. Our plans we rudely disrupted by a major leak that flooded almost all of our downstairs rooms. A disaster recovery situation was implemented and we managed to get the water cleared as our friends arrived. We had a choice to either let them go home to Cheltenham and cancel or go out and have a good time leaving everything to start drying out?
Of course we went out! Peter and Kathy are pretty much experts on Thai food as their son is married to a Thai lady and lives in Bangkok so they visit Thailand every year.
We booked “Kim’s” table, Kim is the owner of Chaophraya and as well as a nice table you get a multi course chefs delights menu for £50 per head (Kim can tailor the menu to individual requirements).
We were greeted with Singapore Slings which are part of the package but wine and drinks are extra. The Palm Sugar bar is quite swanky but still chilled.
After all the physical graft of mopping up we were hungry so the food was welcome and the presentation was fantastic.
Starters included Tom Yum soup, Crispy roasted Duck Salad and Baby Queen Scallops with Black Pudding. The fusion of British ingredients combined with Thai such as pomegranate, mango, lime, chilli, coriander etc was symphony to your taste buds.
The next set of dishes were just sublime, Lamb Shank in yellow curry lots of lovely turmeric, Cod Fillet wrapped and baked in Banana leaf, Thai BBQ Beef ribs (cooked for 8 hours in Kim’s secret ingredients) accompanied with stir fried greens and coconut rice.
What a feast we had and just when we thought we could not eat any more the dessert arrived! Passion fruit and Mango sticky rice, it was fantastic, flavoursome and fresh…to complete the meal we finished with a Lily Fairy flowering tea…most splendid.