The newest addition to the restaurant scene in Tullamore is Chanapa, located on Church Street in the old Foresters Hall.
Thailand is renowned for its delicious, mouth-watering cuisine using only the freshest ingredients to produce the most wonderful aromatic and flavorful dishes.
The Irish have embraced Thai cuisine with enthusiasm and residents of Tullamore and the wider Midlands will certainly appreciate Chanapa with its authentic menu, filled with rich and tempting flavours.
Owned by Thai couple Saweang and Sunitta, each of them is passionate about producing only the highest quality dishes that carry on a family tradition.
Chef Sunitta came to Ireland in 2000 after working as a chef in her native country. A partner, Sawaeng is also a chef with many years of hospitality experience. Their son Kittipod is also a chef. He worked in England and later in Dublin. The restaurant is run by Sarunya Their daughter. Together, the family is thrilled to bring their unique cuisine to Tullamore.
“My parents are passionate about cooking. My mother is a chef and my father worked in hotels in Thailand. It has always been my mother’s dream to open a restaurant. Everywhere she went, she always said, ‘I would like to open a restaurant here’ and now she finally managed to do it,” Sarunya said.
The family live outside Tullamore and source much of their food locally, including vegetables they get from Kilbeggan and Portlaoise.
”We get our seafood from Cork, Kerry and Wexford. We deliver all fresh food twice a week,” Sarunya said. The Thai ingredients come from the Asia Market located in Ballymount in Dublin.
Saruaya hopes to get her wine license in a few weeks, but in the meantime people are welcome to bring their own wine.
Saruaya says that since opening they have been very busy, especially on weekends.
Some of the delicious dishes on the menu include Tom Yum which is a Thai soup with mushrooms, tomatoes, lemongrass, galangal (several tropical spices) all in a generous spicy broth garnished with fresh coriander.
Or try the roast duck with tamarind sauce described as crispy roasted skin with a tender breast served with a sweet and tangy and salty tamarind sauce.
Som Tam is defined on the menu as “the most famous Thai salad”. It is a green papaya salad with carrots and green beans mixed with crushed chili, lime, tamarind, palm sugar and fish sauce.
Chanpa is beautifully decorated in a contemporary soft gray with lots of greenery which creates a very relaxing environment. Spotlessly clean diners can see the kitchen while their food is being prepared, which is a real treat for foodies.
“You can see the flaming wok in the kitchen, sitting or waiting for a takeout,” Saruaya said.
”When we saw the place, we knew there was a lot of work to do. It took a lot to get planning permission, but we opened on May 7, so we’ve been here for five weeks,” Sarunya said.
The restaurant employs four full-time employees and four part-time employees. “We have a very charming and brilliant staff, and we are currently looking for a manager,” Sarunya said.
They are also studying a home delivery service and are in talks with several providers.
To reserve a table or order a ring to take away 057-9321952. or order takeaway online atchanapa.ie
Opening hours are as follows
Wednesday 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Thursday 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Friday 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Saturday 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
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