On Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Thaikhun, a new Thai street food restaurant that has opened in intu Metro Centre.
The restaurant is the seventh to open in the UK and operator Thai Leisure Group’s first venture in the north east. The opening invite promised traditional Thai street food, made-to-order in an open kitchen by authentic Thai chefs. Keeping with the street food theme, the restaurant decor features traditional artefacts and decorations sourced from the street markets of Thailand. The concept sounded very different to other restaurants in the Metro Centre and I was looking forward to visiting and sampling the food and drinks on offer.
We had a table booked at 7.45pm and arrived slightly early – the event was definitely in full swing. We were taken to our seats before having a browse through the menu, which offers an array of starters, platters, soups, curries, salads, stir-frys and Thai specialities. We were eating from a sample menu on the evening to allow us to try some of Thaikhun’s signature dishes.
We started our meal with some prawn crackers and the Sukumvit 38 Platter, which was served on a wooden plank in the middle of our table. Perfect for two, the starter consisted of chicken spring rolls, honey pork, fishcakes and salt and pepper squid. I love platters and we weren’t disappointed. Out of the selection my favorite was the squid, with my husband opting for the fishcakes.
We then had a short break before our selection of main courses arrived. During this time, Thai entertainers were going around the tables serving shots of tequila and singing. Unfortunately I had to decline a shot due to being pregnant, but they certainly lifted the atmosphere and created a great ambience for the guests.
Our selection of main courses soon arrived and consisted of Geang Kiew Wan Gai, Prawn Pad Thai, Chicken Laab Moo Salad and Moo Prik Ging. So, how did they taste…
The Geang Kiew Wan Gai was a chicken Thai green curry served with rice. This was very light and tasted amazing. Out of all of the dishes this was my husband’s favourite and I certainly enjoyed it too.
The Laab Moo Salad was a chicken dish. I must admit, when this was first served I was a bit dubious as it didn’t look like a traditional salad at all. That said, I tried it and although it wasn’t my favourite dish out of the selection it wasn’t bad, although it did have a rather unusual taste. Definitely worth a try for those looking for something a bit different.
The selection also included Moo Prik Ging, a pork dish. Unfortunately I don’t eat red meat but my husband tried this and said it was very nice.
The fourth and final dish was Prawn Pad Thai and I thoroughly enjoyed this. The noodles were served alongside butterflied prawns, chicken and vegetables. I will certainly be returning to have this dish again.
Overall I would highly recommend Thaikhun for those looking for something a bit different. The restaurant has been very tastefully decorated and offers something unique to the region. Our server Lauren was fantastic and extremely attentive, taking the time to explain each dish and the sauces on offer. The prices at Thaikhun are very reasonable, with starters priced from £4.50 and main courses from £6.50.
Further information can be found at www.thaikhun.co.uk.