Next month is due to see the opening of, what is thought to be, Europe’s biggest Thai restaurant.
The Townhouse on Buchanan Street is currently undergoing renovations to become Scotland’s first branch of Chaophraya (pronounced Chow-pry-a). The venue is being converted into a four level restaurant with room for 300 diners.
The restaurant will have a bar on the ground floor called Palm Sugar, that will not only sell beer, spirits, wine and cocktails but will also have a vault of whisky for customers to purchase their own bottle of premium liquor that they can keep there. There will also be a dedicated Champagne bar and a VIP area where you can experience dining the traditional Thai way – in sunken seats and with your shoes off.
The highlight of the restaurant is said to be the main dining area which has 133 seats plus an original balcony, which has been labelled the ‘Buddha balcony’ and can be booked for private romantic meals overlooking the restaurant. “Word on the street” is that their menu will include a ‘Scottish Thai Fusion’ section which will include a twist of famous Scottish dishes such as Haggis and Cullen Skink.
With restaurants already in Leeds, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Sheffield, Glasgow will be Chaophraya’s first branch in Scotland. Said to be, not just a restaurant but a dining experience, we’ll be looking forward to checking it out!