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Chaophraya Thai Dining - Newcastle

There's been quite a buzz in the air about the new intu Eldon Square food hall and the two I have been so excited about are Chaophraya and the Alchemist. Now the Alchemist is still 'under construction' but Chaophraya opened it's doors in mid December and I've been stalking Instagram pictures since. Last Thursday night I went along to the launch night with my Mam to sample the menu. 

The entrance to Chaophraya is well hidden - tucked away next to TGI Friday's is the doorway where a massive Buddha stands. 

I'll get back to the Buddha later on in the post. 

But when you get to the top the stairs the hostess was there waiting to show us to our table for the evening. 

The restaurant was bustling and had a real relaxed vibe and the mood lighting really set the ambiance but sadly was not great for the photos.  

While I was looking through the menu I ordered a Rubies and Diamonds cocktail £7.50 at recommendation of our waitress. It was a delicious flavour of pomegranate liqueur, cranberry juice, pinot grigio wine and pomegranate. Went down a right treat. 

For starters I opted for Soft shell crab and tempura prawn with a sweet chilli dip £12.50, I was told this was a firm favourite with diners at Chaophraya so I was looking forward to it. 

When my starter arrived I was a little curious to why there was an onion ring and a tempura asparagus but it did give us something to chuckle at. The starter was delicious and can see why it is a hit. 

Mam enjoyed the Chicken Satay £9. 

The chicken was cooked to perfection and extremely tender. 

On to the main course, as soon as I opened the menu I knew straight away what I wanted. King prawns with ginger £15, sautéed king prawns with shitake mushrooms, Thai ginger, spring onion and bell peppers. 

With a side portion of egg fried rice £3.80. 

My main course was delicious and I was really happy with my choice.

Mam ordered Thai red prawn curry £14, king prawns cooked in a red curry paste from dried chillies in coconut milk, pineapple and courgettes, Thai aubergine and sweet basil. Paired with some coconut rice £3.80.

I got complete food envy, I was allowed a taste and it was a riot of flavour absolutely delicious. 

With my invite to Chaophraya I was given some golf leaf and told to bring it along with me and between main course and pudding I found out why. 

In Thailand it is tradition to make an offering to a buddha and in exchange the buddha will help look after your health. By placing the gold on the area of the buddah that you want them to look after.

As I have dupuytren's contract in my left hand I placed my gold on the buddhas hand and said a pray that my finger will be straight again one day.

Buddhists strong believe this works so I'm feeling pretty hopeful. 

After the blessing we went back to our table for my favourite part of any meal - pudding. 

I went for the Chocolate bombe £7.50. This melting chocolate bombe was infused with Thai whiskey ice cream, honey and toasted sesame popcorn centre with a hot caramel sauce. 

This pudding was a taste sensation. 

Mam went for the Mango meringue roll £7.50. A light mango and passion fruit meringue roll, served with Thai mango and roasted almonds and lightly caramelised strawberries. 

Before we left I did have a little look outside at the views of Grey's Monument. It was rather chilly but I  can imagine in the summer this becoming a popular hide out. 

If you are wanting to dine in Newcastle's newest Thai restaurant I do strongly advise you book. You can do so via their website here or calling 0191 731 4719. Top tip, request a table with a view. You will not be disappointed. 

Chaophraya Thai Dining - Newcastle 

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