We’re approaching the time of year when diets get shelved and food and drink seem to take over our lives with loads of Christmas parties and meals out with work colleagues, friends and family.

There’s nothing wrong with a bit of overindulgence at this time of year. But eating the same festive food can get boring after a while. By the time Christmas Day arrives you can’t stand the sight of another piece of turkey or sprout.

That’s where Manchester’s most popular Thai restaurant has got you covered, with a fresh look on old favourites as well as more contemporary dishes.

This year Chaophraya are focusing their festive menu on samakee. It means togetherness and that’s what what this time of year is all about, especially in such stylish surroundings.

Their festive dishes follow the traditional Thai way of sharing – ‘family style’. Anyone concerned that they are compromising on size needn’t worry. They haven’t. Chao know their Mancunian customers have healthy appetites.

The idea is to give customers the opportunity to try multiple dishes and different flavours all in one sitting – perfect for anyone new to Thai cuisine as well as anyone who knows what they like and wants to get as much of it as possible.

The dishes focus on contemporary and re-imagined dishes inspired by the tastes of Thailand, incorporating festive flavours into traditional favourites.

The dinner banquets have a wide selection of set menu choices.

The traditional Chaophraya menu includes a sharing platter and selection of four delicate dishes. They include spicy Thai seafood cakes, Thai chicken tacos, chilli squid with salt and pepper and, of course, the classic chicken satay. Choose from three main course dishes including chicken tamarind, crispy pork and sous vide beef panang curry all served with jasmine rice.

Atchara is a regal set menu, a step up in size and glamour. Alongside the starter Chaophraya platter there’s a selection of four main dishes, including a sizzling chicken platter with aromatic spices, slow cooked duck four seasons curry, seafood with young coconut in a tangy spicy sauce and stir-fried crispy pork with broad beans in a red curry sauce. For dessert there’s a traditional Thai custard.

Ted Sakarn Jay is the vegan set menu including a sharing starter platter. Dishes include crispy papaya, Thai vegetable tacos, deep fried tofu and vegetable dumplings and hand-rolled crispy vegetable spring rolls.

The main menu has three dishes to choose from.  Vermicelli rice noodles cooked in coconut milk, chargrilled cauliflower steak with aromatic spices and slow-cooked tofu four seasons curry, all served with kale and garlic stir-fry and jasmine rice.

Lunch menus feature similar dishes and offer clementine tart, chocolate fondant and a selection of ice creams and sorbets alongside the Thai custard for dessert options.

No party would be complete without drinks so for bookings made between 25th November and 5th December, Chaophraya are offering a free glass of fizz for all parties of eight or more to enjoy with their meal.

Anyone who has experienced a Chao Christmas know what an experience it is. If you want to take it to the next level, the private dining area adds that extra touch of class and a unique twist with sunken seating and first-class service.

And for anyone dining in November, there’s a 20% discount on offer.

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