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“Style and Size are not Everything”
Review of Chao Phraya

Chao Phraya
Ranked #631 of 2,474 Restaurants in Glasgow
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 9 February 2014

Another restaurant on our list of places to eat, we were advised to book as getting a table on demand can often be impossible at night. Located in the old Pier retail shop on the corner on Nelson Mandela Place and Buchanan Street, the 3 storey structure itself is impressive as well as being a listed building. The Grand staircase sweeping up from the two ground floor bars to the main restaurant is as impressive an entrance as you could wish for and opens onto the main dining area, which is capacious. The double height ceilings add to the grandeur of your first impression and with diners seated at two different levels, it doesn't look cramped.

We chose the Thai banquet which at £38 per person was probably the top end of what we would expect to pay, without drinks. The food was good, but catering as they were for diners in their hundreds, and coupled with long waits between courses, it lacked the finesse and sparkle that would have made this an impressive and memorable meal. We have eaten Thai food in Glasgow, every bit as good if not better for far less per person than was being asked here, albeit without the grandeur. All of this however, was tinged with the most ferocious draught that was coming through the large full height window at the side of our table, marginally mitigated by the wall radiator that sat at table height. On mentioning this problem, our waiter said that they were hoping to add secondary glazing to the interior to cure this problem as the windows were a listed feature of the building and couldn't be changed. None of which was mentioned at the time we were shown to our table. Potential diners beware. Steer clear of window tables, unless there is a heatwave outside.

Regretfully this dining experience did not meet our expectations and with a plethora of good eateries in Glasgow city centre, we can think of many that would deliver a much better overall experience. Trumpeted as the largest and greatest Thai dining experience ever to hit Scotland, when it opened in 2012, we think there is still some way to go to claim this coveted accolade.

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Reviewed 17 October 2013

I'm new to thai food, but this place really made me a huge fan! Let them suggest things - you'll be glad. It is an absolutely gorgeous building, the dining rooms are stunning, and the service perfect.

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Reviewed 15 September 2013

A bunch of us decided to meat up in Glasgow one afternoon to celebrate my wife's birthday. One of the boys suggested he was going to call in here for a drink beforehand and suggested we all do likewise, which we did.
Having arrived, the building - an ex-retail building on Buchanan St - looked interesting so we had a look around. It was fascinating but also clean and welcoming so we decided to eat there. What a good decision.
Briefly, the food was superb, served from a huge and inviting menu. What really made the day though was the quality of service, which was without doubt the best we have experienced home or abroad. We could not have been made to feel more welcome.
This restaurant is bang in the middle of Glasgow, hence convenient for thousands. we regularly eat in the city centre and this is the best we've found in a long time as well as being in an interesting building.
Highly recommended, which from me is high praise indeed!

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Reviewed 8 March 2015
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