As I’m off this year for some amazing travels, including a trip to Thailand, I was delighted to receive an invite to the launch of the new Thaikhun in intu Metrocentre. It’s just the right prelude to a year of foreign adventures.
The new Thaikhun is now open in the foodie hall that is the yellow cube in intu Metro Centre. There’s plenty of great eateries on that strip and due to the great lighting, ‘outdoor’ seating areas and atmosphere, it doesn’t feel like you’re right in the middle of a shopping centre.
We were immediately surprised by the venue. Something you just don’t expect to walk into from intu Metro Centre. The place was buzzing, vibrant and the decor was just stunning, with apparently the owner picking up the pieces actually from the streets of Bangkok.
What’s wonderful is that within the venue, there’s different vibes, depending on where you sit. You could be seated near the kitchen and chefs amongst all the hustle and bustle (very street foodie), in the ‘Bangkok Warehouse’ or what seems to be a cosier more quiet day-time street scene.
We were spoilt when we arrived with cocktails and drinks galore. What’s fantastic about Thaikhun, is that even the drinks reflect what’s available in Thailand. There’s everything from themed Thai cocktails, tropical fruit juices and other authentic drinks such as Thai Green Tea.
We sampled a few cocktails; I recommend the Bangkok Chill and the boy picked the refreshing Chang beer. We gulped down a very sweet Thai Iced Tea – he loved it, but it was way too sugary for me as it’s made with condensed milk. We also tried a Pennywort Juice, which is meant to be very good and healthy for you. You can view the full drinks menu here.
Onto the food! We were lucky to be given a selection of their finest dishes, which is a great way to sample a mix of what’s on the menu. Our starters included Moo Dao Deow – deep fried pork strips, Plamuk Tod Prik Kleur – deep fried squid, Tod Man Pla – fish cakes and Por Pia Gai – chicken spring rolls. All delectable and impressively displayed. They came with some hot chilli sauce and sweet chilli sauce, perfect for dipping.
With the mains, we had plenty to share. There was Geang Kew Wan Gai – thai green curry, Moo Prik Ging – pork belly in red curry sauce, Laab Moo – a hot and sour salad, Pad Thai Gai with prawns – stir fried rice noodles.
They were all very impressive. The salad was too spicy for me but the red and green curry were just right. The pork was delicious and the thai green curry was lovely. Usually I’m underwhelmed by green curry in restaurants but I devoured this. There’s plenty more on the menu to choose from. I was already eyeing up what I wanted on my return.
Overall, a great first impression. Our waiter was quite simply adorable and the other staff there were incredibly welcoming and friendly.
They had lots of lovely touches too, with big birthday sing songs for those coming on their special day.
If you’re looking for something a bit different, then make sure you book in for this taste of the Orient. Visit their website or pop in to the restaurant in the Yellow Mall, intu Metro Centre.