A couple of weeks ago an exciting email landed in my inbox inviting me to the launch party of new Thai restaurant, Thaikhun. Located in the Qube at the Metrocentre, Gateshead; Thaikhun* offers a casual dining experience that transports diners to the streets of Bangkok. Prior to my visit, I had never tried Thai food before so it was exciting to get a full traditional experience without having to leave the North East.
The History of Thaikhun
Thaikhun thrives to share a real taste of Thailand with their customers, celebrating their cultural heritage and traditional ways of cooking beautiful aromatic dishes. Ahead of the opening, the Thai street food restaurant held a religious opening ceremony where a group of Buddhist monks blessed the building and the staff with holy water, string and sacred chanting. The eatery is kitted out traditional artifacts and decorations sourced from the street markets in Thailand with authentic Thai chefs cooking up a storm in an open kitchen.
Joint owner, Kim Kaewkraikhot, was a chef who ran her own restaurant in Bangkok prior to opening the Thaikhun chain in the UK. Her food was renowned in the local neighborhood for its fantastic flavours. Kim is keen to educate people through Thai cooking schools which already available at their other venues and are coming soon to the Metrocentre.
I took Ross along with me and the whole building was buzzing from the get-go. We arrived at 8pm to be seated and served with a beautiful Gin cocktail which was served in a noodle-style box. There seemed to be lots of celebrations going on throughout the restaurant during the course of the night, with plenty of birthday chants and whiskey shots taking place around us. If you have something worth celebrating, Thaikhun is the place to make your celebration one you’ll never forget.
Authentic Thai Street Food
For our starter we tucked into an amazing sharing platter called Sukumvit 38 which included chicken spring rolls, fish cakes, honey pork and salt and pepper squid, (yep, squid!). Some of you may know that although I’m a massive foodie, I can be a really picky eater. It’s taken me a long time to get out of my comfort zone and start trying new things; usually fish would be my worst nightmare but you know what? I actually really enjoyed it all! There was a great variation of flavours with sweet chilli sauce and a hot sauce to complement.
Our main course was insanely good! As it was the launch party, we were given a taster of the most popular dishes Thaikhun had to offer. This included Thai green chicken curry, spicy minced pork salad, pork belly in red curry sauce, spicy seafood noodles and a portion of sticky rice for good measure. My favourite dishes were the chicken curry and the pork belly, but the rest was really tasty too. The pork salad was a little too hot for me to handle but great for anyone who loves spicy food.
Overall we had a fantastic time at Thaikhun and were made to feel very welcome. The staff were fantastic and couldn’t do enough to make your experience special. We’re already planning our next visit to order a large portion of pork belly and indulge in some more of the amazing authentic cocktails the restaurant has to offer. I would like to thank Thaikhun and Karol Marketing for inviting us along to the party.
What are your thoughts on Thai food? Is Thaikhun a place you would like to visit?
*Food and drink provided by Thaikhun for review purposes. All opinions are my own. Please read my disclaimer for more information.