Chaophraya: menus are branded with the pronunciation aid “chow-pry-a” – so you can spread the word

Eldon Square has undergone a transformation over the last few years and for me Chaophraya totally personifies this.

The grand entrance has you spiralling up past a huge buddha statue, where you’re greeted very professionally by a member of the restaurant staff, all of whom are wearing Thai dress and are very courteous and friendly.  They throw in the occasional Thai phrase as you are seated at your table.  You’re made to feel special as a napkin is placed on your lap for you.

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It’s easy to forget your in Newcastle’s Eldon Square here, with city views in all directions, it feels more like the sort of swanky place found in London.  The prices on the menu don’t lean too far towards this though, with starters around £8, and mains generally anywhere between £10-20.  There is also a very reasonable special menu with 2 courses for £13.50 or 3 for £18.50 if you’re not visiting on a Saturday or after 5pm.

Our Chaophraya Platter (£10pp) starter was totally delicious, with chicken satay, fish cakes, spring rolls, squid and wing bean tempura.  The Massaman Lamb Curry and (£14) and Thai Green Chicken Curry (£12.50) were both genuinely cooked to perfection and tasted amazing!

Decent portion sizes meant there was no room for desert, although we sampled the Thai cocktails that were on offer.  These would give any decent cocktail bar a run for its money, and we’d consider coming back here just to sample some more of the drinks on offer in this exclusive setting.

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Before we left the staff were all too keen to show us the roof terrace, which was absolutely freezing but would be the icing on the cake on a Summer’s evening here.

I’d definitely give this place a go.  Let us know how you find it!

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