Friday, 21 June 2019

Thaikhun Metrocentre Review

We were invited to review Thaikhun Metrocentre and received a voucher towards our meal. To read my full disclaimer, click here.

It is no secret that I have been missing Asian food constantly since moving back to the UK, so when Thaikhun Metrocentre got in touch and asked if I would like to visit for a review I was very excited for an excuse to get my fix.

Thai is my favourite cuisine of all time, and having already visited and loved Thaikhun I was really excited to go back. We had a table booked for 7pm on a Thursday night and it was fairly busy, with a mix of couples and families. The restaurant transports you straight to the streets of Bangkok with its quirky and colourful interior . It definitely stands out visually compared to other chain restaurants in the Metrocentre which allowed us to really switch off and feel like we were somewhere far more exotic than a shopping centre!

The staff are warm and friendly and we were quickly greeted and shown to our table. We ordered some prawn crackers (£2.75) which is an absolute must for me to get an Asian meal off to a good start.

Everything on the menu sounded amazing and we were so spoilt for choice. For starter we decided to go for the Bangkok Street Platter for two for £7.95 a head. When it came I was seriously impressed at the amount of food!

The satay was beautiful and next time I visit I think I will order this on its own for starter. Lovely, tasty chicken and a rich satay sauce full of flavour. I enjoyed the prawns, they were a decent size and the batter wasn't greasy or too heavy. The sweetcorn fritters were nice, although a little small. The pork dumplings weren't to my taste but my partner really enjoyed them so I'd say this is a great starter platter to try if you like tasting different dishes.

Each of the starters came with its own dipping sauce which complemented each dish really well. I liked how the waiter explained which dip went with each of the starters. It was nice to try all the different flavours.

For main course I found it so hard to choose but eventually settled on the crispy pork belly in red curry sauce (£13.50). I enjoyed this dish even though it wasn't what I expected. The red curry sauce wasn't creamy like a traditional chicken red curry would be. It was a meaty dish, with pork belly and green beans served in a light red chilli sauce. The jasmine rice which came with it was good and I have also tried the sticky rice previously which is worth upgrading to.

My other half got the chicken with cashew nuts served with jasmine rice (£12). It wasn't completely authentic (we learnt how to make our own in a cooking school in Chiang Mai!) but we enjoyed it. However, when I previously visited I found the chicken and cashew nuts dish was much better so I think it depends when you visit. The starter was definitely the highlight for us and we really enjoyed the different dishes we tried.

We were really full by this point so avoided looking at the dessert menu, but I must go back to get my favourite mango sticky rice! I enjoyed the meal overall and it is a nice option in the Metrocentre if you want to try something different.

Check out Thaikhun in Intu Metro Centre in the yellow mall - Upper Qube, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, NE11 9YG. It is perfectly placed for a pre-cinema dinner and you get 20% off your meal with a cinema ticket, which makes it good value! Have a look at their new menu and book a table here.

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