Thai restaurant opens in 'Monkey House'

For generations of Aberdonians the weekend call went out ‘meet you at the Monkey House’. The ‘Monkey House’ is the former bank on the corner of Union Street and Union Terrace in Aberdeen.

It’s believed it earned its name from the pillars in the portico on the corner – fanciful Aberdonians believed it looked like the bars in a zoo with the monkeys standing in behind waiting to meet their loved ones at this prominent location.

Chaophraya Restaurant Aberdeen

Now, having done a stint of duty as a bar following the closure of the bank, the Monkey House now has a new lease of live as a Thai restaurant. Chaophraya has opened its doors in Aberdeen this month, following the success of the Chaophyra restaurants in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Behind the new venture is the Thai Leisure Group, who also operate the popular Thaikhun which has a restaurant in the city’s Union Square.

Chaophyra in Aberdeen will seat 160 diners and create 40 full and part-time jobs and the operators say the design complements the historical interior of the former bank, which was originally built in 1855.

Diners will be the first in the UK to experience the new menu, one month prior to the group’s nationwide launch, with highlights including aged steak served on a self-sear Himalayan salt rock alongside traditional Thai dishes with a contemporary twist and an array of expertly crafted signature cocktails.

Speaking of the launch TLG’s managing director, Ian Leigh says: “The demand for upmarket dining in Aberdeen is booming, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring the first Chaophraya site in two years to this beautiful city. Following the unprecedented success of our Thaikhun restaurant, we’re looking forward to offering Chaophraya’s aspirational dining experience to people we know love Thai food, at its best.”
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