Private Dining RoomWritten by WILL MARTIN

Chaophraya Liverpool is one of six restaurants dotted around the UK, serving up relentlessly good Thai cuisine at pedestrian rates. ‘Ow Jai Sai’ is the motto of this salubrious grotto – ‘from the heart’ in English – and the venue does not disappoint from starter to dessert.

We prop ourselves on the jewel-toned pyramidal pillows stacked behind us at the large round table and browse the extensive starter menu. ‘See krong moo’, known in English as ‘grilled pork spare ribs’ are marinated with fresh Thai herbs and homemade barbecue sauce and come served with grilled pineapple and pink peppercorns. Another choice is Tod mun pla fishcakes, made from a blend of spicy cod and coley, the ‘special recipe’ including green beans, lime leaves and red curry paste – all served with a sweet chilli sauce and a peanut vegetable relish. Both are delicious, and a great precursor to the mains.

For those mains, it would be silly not to try this restaurant’s Thai green curry, or Gaeng khiew waan gai. Most restaurants have their own take on this signature dish enjoyed by so many in the British Isles, but it is too often both as wrong and as unpleasant as a tuna jam tart. Chaophraya’s take on the renowned curry is made from young green chillies and select Thai herbs, with tender chicken breast simmered in coconut milk with courgettes, aubergine, sweet basil and chillies. Honestly, this version is delicious, and the heat is well-judged.

If you have a sweet tooth, look no further than the sumptuous chocolate and coconut ice-cream; frozen scoops coated in panko breadcrumbs, deep-fried until golden brown and drizzled with mixed fruit sauce.

Liverpool One, 5-6 Kenyon’s Steps, Liverpool L1 3DF | 0151 707 6323 | | T: @ChaophrayaThai | FB: LiverpoolChaophraya

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