It was the Blokes birthday recently and he chose to go to Chaophraya (named after the longest river in Thailand). We’ve always found the decor, the atmosphere, the food and the staff to be lovely so it’s always been a treat to eat there. I was a little disappointed there were no gluten free beer options and that they only had Singh beer on offer but the cocktail menu more than made up for that. The Banana Daiquiris were as amazing as they sound, although the Bloke wasn’t quite as keen.
I’ve always appreciated that the chefs at Chaophraya know how to cook veg so it’s almost al dente but not a challenge to bite. They also use the lightest tempura batter and make surprisingly thick pancakes which taste more like comfort food, rather than part of a starter.
We have started our own trend of ordering a starter or a big main salad, as a side that we can both share. The shredded papaya salad with peanuts, veg, lime, chilli and sugar sounded appealing. All of the flavours combined to make it the tastiest and most refreshing salad I’ve ever eaten.
We both love the creamy, spicy Masaman curry but they had it with lamb on the menu so we asked if we could have a veggie version. They said no problem and even asked if we wanted to include tofu. We also ordered coconut rice as we thought it would go well with the curry and the lime flavours in the papaya salad, which it did.
Note: In some areas of the restaurant they have soft banquette seating and some are much lower than average chairs with no back support. So depending on your needs, it’s worth noting when booking if you want to sit at the many tables and chairs.
19 Chapel Walks, Manchester M2 1HN
T: 0161 832 8342
❤ Chrissie ❤
I have a huge love for Asian food so as soon as Manchester’s Corn Exchange opened I knew Mowgli (Indian) and Pho (Vietnamese) were essential destinations. First up, Mowgli.
The decor downstairs has a repurposed vintage tree house feel, while upstairs is clean and spacious with reclaimed vintage touches.
Because of the Indian street food vibe the dishes are freshly prepared and arrive as soon as they are ready in little metal tiffin boxes. You can stack them to keep various things warm if you want. The Bloke ordered rice with his Rhubarb Daal (we suspect he got served the traditional Daal by mistake as he couldn’t taste any rhubarb or ginger!?) and I ordered two puri’s – mmm, fried round goodness.
One day I may get out of the habit of automatically ordering the paneer dish…Maybe. The tomatoes were a welcome change from saag (spinach) paneer and tasted fresh and sweet .
I ordered Bhel Puri ‘Bombay’s best loved street food. Puff rice with crisp gram threads, peanuts & tantalising spiced sweet & sour dressing.’ I love a good Bhel Puri and this didn’t disappoint. The sweet and & sour dressing tasted a lot like tamarind (which was a shame as I’d already ordered a tamarind based dish). This was the dish which was shared the most and disappeared the quickest.
I was very surprised with my Treacle Tamarind ‘fries’ as you can see they skinless potato wedges! Mowgli’s treacle tamarind is sweet, sticky, mild and very more-ish. The Bloke found this dish to be a tad too sweet and wished it had just a little more heat.
An impractically large scoop of salted caramel ice cream in a waffle cone. I know we’re probably bored of overtly trendy salted caramel flavoured offerings on every menu by now but this tasted fantastic! A perfect balance of salty and sweet, it disappeared rather quickly!
Overall I really enjoyed my visit and will definitely be eating here again. Friendly staff, quick service and nice atmosphere. I just wish that some of the dishes we tried were a little more pequent as I felt I hadn’t fulfilled my appetite for something spicy.
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Have you visited the Corn Exchange or a Mowgli in your area yet?