It’s hard to know what to say about Chaophraya…¬†Yes it’s a chain, yes it’s big and yes it’s bold but I can’t help but choose it time and time again.

I once did a cookery day and cocktail masterclass here (organised by my hens for my hen weekend) and it was a really fun experience, although I had been coming here for years prior.

My husband and I often visit some of the less flashy South-East Asian offerings around our area of Leeds (such as Nam Jai Thai in Otley and Bistro Saigon in Ilkley), but when we have occasion to treat ourselves (this time it was our 2nd wedding anniversary, and a child-free lunch!) we sometimes gravitate towards the blingy, opulent and always mouth-wateringly tasty Chaophraya, Leeds.

We have both been to Thailand a couple of times, unfortunately never together, so we are under no illusion that this is very much a Westernised experience, probably equivalent to the Aagrah for Indian, but really, who cares? Some of Leeds’ bearded hipster folk may scoff at this mainstream hotspot, and flock to Headrow House for the next 10 minutes, but I say DINE! Dine in this gold encrusted, orchid filled, politely staffed, fabulous cocktail making, delicious chain… Oh and order the tamarind duck, it’s seriously good.

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