Yesterday I decided to give Thaikhun a try at intu Metrocentre Gateshead! The Metrocentre has been under a bit of a revamp for a while now to make room for the ‘Qube’ dinning hall which is full of funky new restaurants.
Thaikhun has been brought to the North East by the owners of Chaophraya Thai Restaurant group, they claim the whole Thai street food experience they’ve created is completely authentic and traditional. Ooooo!
Firstly from the outside the place looks very intriguing, inside is even better! I loved the interior and layout of the restaurant, it’s very dim inside but enough lightening to analyse what’s around you. Really I just wanted to get up and discover the whole place but for obvious reasons I couldn’t (the place was packed with people ha!)
We were directed towards a table in a tucked away corner, which was ideal really as I had my lovely niece Violet with us who is 2 and loves a wonder around. Then we met our waitress Nicole who greeted us with a Thai hello which was much to Violets amazement! We got a sharing platter to start with which was called the ‘Bangkok Street Platter’ it was made up of grilled chicken satay, Thai prawn toast, Esam sausage and red curried corn cakes. One word, amazing.
After just the right amount of time between, then came our mains! Main wise we went for ‘Phad Mee Phuket’ which is basically chicken noodles and my Mam got ‘Khad Moo Deng Moo Kron’ which is barbecued roast pork belly with rice. Overall the food was super tasty in specific I would say the food was very fragrance-y but not too overpowering and very filling, if I go back I’ll definitely be just getting a main. Nicole our waitress could clearly tell we were stuffed and offered to bag up our left overs which was so nice and a real treat at teatime yummy! She was especially good with Violet too I would say this place is really child friendly, when we ordered Violet a drink it came in a kids cup with a pig on which is sweet and made her feel like a big girl drinking out of her own cup. Price wise, not bad at all and very worth the money.
As a whole I had a really nice time at Thaikhun and will definitely be returning, great staff and even better food. If your at the Metrocentre it’s worth a visit!