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Thaikhun Metrocentre Review

Reading the menu at Thaikhun Metrocentre
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!

Beautiful decor at Thaikhun Metrocentre

Thaikhun Metrocentre: Starters

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!

Starter platter at Thaikhun Metrocentre

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.

Main menu Thaikhun Metrocentre

Thaikhun Metrocentre: Mains

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.

Main meals at Thaikhun - two stir fries

Thaikhun Metrocentre: Need to Know

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.

Drinking a beer and eating starters at Thaikhun Metrocentre

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