It is no secret that I love food, so when Thaikhun contacted me to ask if my son and I wanted to give their Summer menu a try at Intu Metro Centre, naturally, I jumped at the chance. Thaikhun, pronounced tycoon, is the North East’s very own slice of Thailand located at Intu Metro Centre. Specialising in Thai street food, diners can expect an authentic and interactive casual dining experience with open kitchens and traditional rustic surroundings. It’s as if you’ve been whisked to the streets of Bangkok as soon as you walk in with it’s vibrant décor dotted with hand picked bric-a-brac and trinkets. My son is always so intrigued when he visits here, there is just so much going on and so much to see.
From the beginning, Thaikhun’s main aim has been to authentically represent the food it’s founder grew up with, from wok to plate. I’ve always loved Thai food, although I’ve never been to Thailand myself yet. We’ve been to Thaikhun many times before and have always enjoyed every visit so, as you can imagine, we were super excited for our next visit.
Thaikhun Gateshead is in the perfect location inside of Intu Metro Centre, with it’s ample FREE parking and public transport links it’s super easy to get to. Entering the restaurant, we were greeted by the super friendly Maître D who showed us to our table. There is lots of choice of seating within the restaurant or if you’re just wanting to pop in for a drink, there is a designated bar area.
If you are worried that your children won’t take to Thai food, you really shouldn’t be as the children’s menu is tailored perfectly for their taste and palate. My son is super fussy and initially I was worried he wouldn’t like the food here when we first visited but now he can’t get enough of Thaikhun, especial their Asian Katsu Chicken Curry. My son’s meal was a generous serving, which he polished off in a blink of an eye but he was kept entertained with his colouring whilst I finished off my meal.
I opted for the Traditional Papaya Salad; which was phenomenal. It consisted of shredded papaya, dried shrimp, carrots, cherry tomatoes and fine beans with a lime, garlic, fish sauce, peanut, chilli and palm sugar sauce. I added a portion of sticky rice, a chicken satay skewer and a grilled pork skewer for good measure. The salad was bursting with flavour in every mouthful; it was definitely a game changer and left me feeling energised rather than feeling I needed to be rolled out of the door.
Now, let’s talk drinks… alcoholic drinks that is! I decided to try out a couple of cocktails from their menu. Having visited here a few times before, I was still yet to try cocktails from their menu. Thaikhun are renowned for their authentic cocktails and boast an impressive cocktail menu; which yields a plethora of expedition inspiration. I loved the names of the cocktails and there is a great selection available, with a Thai twist on each one – with additions such as lemongrass and coriander. I had chosen the Gin Cooler and a Full Moon to finish my meal with. Both looked amazing and they were seriously refreshing and moreish (but it was lunch-time, so I had to be well-behaved, that plus I had my son with me).
Even though I was bursting at the seams, I obviously had to have a dessert. I decided to choose something lighter and opted for the Clementine tart, which was served with a chocolate pastry base and matcha green tea ice cream. The dessert was out of this world, I tried to eat as much as I could but in this case, my eyes certainly were bigger than my stomach. The desserts from the menu are only £5 and the portion sizes were perfect.
We both had a fantastic time at Thaikhun. From the moment we walked in, to the minute we walked out we were very well looked after. The staff certainly do help make this place what it is. We will certainly be back with my son too in the future, it’s nice to come to a restaurant that offers something different to the usual fish fingers, chips and peas type meal; which dominates the choices in most places.
So, whether you’re coming to Thaikhun for a drink night, casual cocktails with a Thai twist or looking for somewhere to bring the little ones this Summer holiday – Thaikhun really does have it all. Until next time, Khob Khun Krub (thank you).