Thai has always been one of my favourite foods. I love the range of flavours involved, the creaminess and the coconut. So, last week I was in my element when I was invited to Thaikhun for a taste of the exotic. It is a restaurant I have always wanted to dine in as I spend a lot of time in Spinningfields, however, have not yet had the chance. The decor is so aesthetically pleasing, it draws you in immediately and I couldn’t wait to sit in the TukTuk. We were greeted by very friendly staff and picked up a pew outside with hungry bellies ready to eat.
We arrived at the restaurant and even from the exterior we felt like we had been transported to South East Asia. The nostalgic feeling was overwhelming and we instantly had that travelling feeling once again. The decor is the thing that captivates you about the venue as you walk past, and I think they have done a great job.
Once inside the venue, the staff were instantly welcoming and approachable. Greeting us straight away. As it was nearing to the end of summer (and probably the last time we could enjoy al fresco dining this year ☹) we asked to be seated outside in a comfy corner booth with an outdoor heater. Gareth came over to introduce himself, and instantly made us feel welcome and comfortable, even having us laughing in stiches at one point. He had a great knowledge and gave us plenty of recommendations.
We loved the chilled out uniform, the staff had baggy elephant pants a much loved and known item for anyone travelling Thailand.
The outside had a funky Thai vibe with the tuktuk and multi coloured lights and lanterns. There is a very cheerful atmosphere with everyone clearly enjoying their food and dining experience.
The menu was extensive but not overwhelming. There was lots to choose from… from starters and soups to noodles, rice and curries. Something for everyone!
We started with a nice refreshing cocktail each. It is obviously well known for cocktails with people stopping by for cocktails before heading out onto the town.
We opted for the Bangkok Platter because we wanted to try a little of everything (I know we are super greedy)! The platter included a great range of delicious authentic bites paired with satay sauce and a sweet chilli dip. Everything was cooked to perfection, flavoured and seasoned well. The moist prawn and pork dumplings stood out as our favourite. We found that although it included prawn toast and sweetcorn fritters, nothing was too greasy or too heavy, just delicious.
To accompany our already huge banquet platter we opted for a salad called Pla Tod Yum Mamuang:
The salad was amazingly fresh. One thing we love about Thai salads is the combination of flavours and textures creating a fresh, sweet, crunchy, zingy and spicy salad. All tantalising our taste buds!
We really enjoyed the juicy seabass which flaked away with the touch of a fork. The batter for us went slightly soggy but still a great dish.
We were recommended the pinto dishes by Gareth and we couldn’t resist. A quadruple stack of sticky jasmine rice with curries and noodles of your choice. We opted for the chicken Massaman curry, beef with thai chilli basil and chicken pad thai.
We opted for a side serving of fresh chillies (If you like spice make sure you request some extra spice!)
We loved this creamy curry, not too spicy but enough kick ☺
A traditional and well known dish we just had to try to it, and it didn’t disappoint. This sure was up there with the nicest! We love the fact that it was served with crushed peanuts and a wedge of lime to add that zing!
BEEF & THAI BASIL WITH CHILI:
This is one of my FAVOURITES. Everything about it reminds me of why I love Thailand the fresh crunchy al dente fine green beans, the sweet Thai basil and moist beef all paired deliciously the sticky jasmine rice. There was a lot of tasty juice left at the bottom of the dish and that drizzled over rice – I could have eaten on its own ☺
Both the starter and main course was great for those who like plate swapping, but there’s enough options on the menu for those who don’t.
We skipped the dessert because our eyes were definitely bigger than our bellies and there was SO much food. Although we would have loved to have tried the traditional mango sticky rice and the Pandanus Pudding. It really was a lovely evening. We even stayed on and moved inside afterwards to sip a glass of Pinot Grigio and enjoy the simply amazing interior and atmosphere. It really does have an exciting buzz to it.
They also like to celebrate birthdays loud with a celebration dance and cake….
The only negative we could fine was that the music didn’t fit the décor of the venue, although banging out old school 90’s 00’s classics it was definitely created a good vibe for our generation.
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What’s your favourite Thai dish?