Our Story

Our business was founded in 2004 by partners in life and in business, Khun Kim and Martin.

Kim, the real inspiration and beating heart of our restaurants, grew up in rural Khiri Mat, a village in the Sukhothai province of Thailand where her love for cooking stemmed from cooking with her mum.

At the age of just 15 with big dreams and an entrepreneurial spirit, Kim left her village for the busy streets of Bangkok. Kim’s main passion has always been food and so, in 1993, she set up her first Pad Thai cart. Through pure dedication and hard work, she expanded the business to run several street food stalls and won an award for the delicious flavours of her Pad Thai recipe. This very recipe is still proudly used across our restaurants today.

Kim and Martin met whilst Kim was working on that very stall in 1997 – and shortly after she moved to Leeds, Martin’s hometown, and the location of our very first restaurant.

Although the setting may have changed, the passion and soul behind our concept is beating as strong as it once was in the small village of Khiri Mat. Our goal is to deliver a taste of Thailand for you to fall in love with as much as we have. Experience true Thai culture, flavours and experiences together at Chaophraya.

Europe’s Largest Thai Restaurant

Located in the heart of Glasgow on Buchanan Street, you can escape the city at Chaophraya. Our team of expert Chefs, headed up by owner Kim, bring together classic Thai and distinct signature dishes, including vegan and gluten free options, accompanied by a fantastic range of cocktails, wines and beers.

Set over four floors, we are proud to showcase contemporary Thai design with the characterful heritage surroundings, perfect for celebrations and events.

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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August 26,2019

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