“The Cooking school is £50 and includes a welcome drink and an introduction to Thai ingredients. This is the followed by a demonstration and practical hands on session learning to cook a main and a starter. All equipment and aprons are provided and there is a goody bag to take home”
When Mark and I were talking about Caitlin’s 10th Birthday day out we decided that we would like for her to try something different for lunch. She is like Libby and really doesn’t venture much further than her comfort zone, also, like Penny she eats little and often.
A few months ago I won a takeaway from Thaikhun and have been longing to go back and try their Main Menu since. When I mentioned it to Mark he thought it was a good idea so I contacted them to arrange a booking. The customer service was perfect from the beginning and after a brief discussion we were booked in for 2pm.
We arrived at Intu MetroCentre and headed straight up to Thaikhun. Our timings were slightly out due to the road closures that occur when the Great North Run is in action, but we still got there on time.
First impressions speak a thousand words and Caitlin and Mark were both drawn on with the décor from the outside. From the old style dial TV’s, to the pallets on the walls and from the letters on the walls, to the sacks hanging from the ceiling, it all tells a story. Mark found himself tweetingThaikhun asking them to come and decorate for us, he was so taken by what he saw.
When we arrived we were seen by their very lovely Manager who apologised that our table wasn’t quite ready and would we like a drink whilst we waited. So we sat down and enjoyed the inside of the restaurant and watching the world go by.
Getting seated didn’t take long and our table was lovely. The Manager went through the Menu with us, explained the dishes and the Children’s Menu. The children are given and activity sheet and have three options for their meal and it looks like this………..
With option two you choose an option from each column, hence creating your own meal. We liked how simple the options were, like I said Caitlin likes plain food that she can add sauce too. She went with the third option of Chicken and Rice and order some sweet BBQ sauce to go with it.
Mark and I however were not as easily decided. For a couple who love so many different types of food, this was heaven but we only could choose one thing. So after much deliberation we went for a starter platter for three, for Main Course I went with the Chicken Massaman Curry (which comes with Jasmine Rice) and Mark went with the Chilli Beef, this did not come with a side dish so Mark ordered a portion of noodles. The lovely Lauren took our order and looked after us for the rest of our visit. All the staff were lovely throughout and give the impression that they love their jobs.
One thing I do love is an open kitchen, maybe that is the nosey side of me, maybe I like to see what my food is doing but to see that the kitchen was open was a delight. While we waited for oue starter Mark took a quick picture…..
Then our starter arrived………
Sukumvit 39 Platter
The platter consisted of Thai Fish Cakes, Spring Rolls, Honey Pork and Steamed Vegetable Dumplings. These were served with dipping sauce.
The presentation is fantastic and fits in with the surroundings so well. We got stuck in and Caitlin sampled everything, which we were over the moon with. Mark and I got stuck in and every ounce of it was lovely. (I was slightly concerned that I had eaten a little too much starter and also concerned that I wouldn’t have room for pudding at the end).
Fried Chicken with Jasmine Rice, Vegetable Sticks and Sweet BBQ Sauce
Chicken Massaman Curry with Jasmine Rice (Curry flavoured with Cinnamon, Star Anise, cooked with Potatoes, Cashews and Onion…You have the option of Chicken, Prawn/Duck, Tofu or Beef)
Nua Phad Kra Prao with Sen Jun Luak (Beef with Chilli and Thai Basil with Rice Noodles in Soy Sauce, Beansprouts and Fried Garlic)
We all had a try of each others and it was delightful. Everything tasted aromatic and even the spicy dish that Mark had was full of flavour and not all about the spice which I often find with Thai food. We really enjoyed it.
Mains finished, Lauren came over with the dessert Menu and an Ice Lolly for Caitlin. As Mark isn’t a dessert fan Caitlin and I ordered one for her and I.
As we were sat talking I noticed that a lot of the floor team were assembling at the bar with various instruments and a candle was placed in one of our desserts. The next thing we knew the team were drumming, shaking their tambourines and singing Happy Birthday around our table for Caitlin.
What a lovely touch and we are touched that they went to the effort. As if the food and service wasn’t enough, our meal was finished off perfectly with the gesture. We can’t thank the team at Thaikhun MetroCentre enough.
Our desserts were…
Banana Fritters with Vanilla Pod Ice Cream
Gluten Free Chocolate Tart (Layers of Chocolate Cream on an Almond Base)
We started out having half of each but Caitlin was loving the Chocolate Tart so I gave that up for the Banana Fritters, that were also scrummy.
We really did have a lovely experience and we will be visiting again. I would urge anyone to pay Thaikhun at Intu MetroCentre a visit. The Menu has so many tempting choices and we would try something completely different next time. I would love to take the rest of the family and see what they make of the meals.
Massive compliments to the Manager, Lauren and the rest of the team. Every ounce of our expectations were fulfilled and surpassed. You gave us an amazing start to a 10 year old’s birthday, giving her memories to hold on to forever.