North East Visits | Thaikun Metrocentre

Last week I was kindly invited along to the launch night of Thaikun, a new Thai restaurant now open in the Metrocentre. I absolutely love Asian food and I was super excited when I heard about Thaikun opening, even more so to be invited along the day before the official opening! They pride themselves on being authentic and I was blown away by the decor. It screamed Asian street food! They even go as far as getting their restaurant blessed by Buddhist monks.

 I brought Steven along with me to the event as he loves Asian food as much as I do. We were warmly greeted and shown to our table, in the street section, surrounded by brick walls, posters, even hanging laundry and air conditioning units, I couldn't believe the attention to detail! I also really appreciated the traditional greetings used by the servers, all just adds to that authentic feeling!

 Our friendly server explained the set menu we'd be getting tonight, after giving us some drink options Steven went for the Singha beer and I chose the Thai Takeaway cocktail which came in a takeaway box, I'm a sucker for things like that, and it was delicious! Our Sukumvit 38 Sharing Platter arrived with some of their bestselling dishes, salt and pepper squid (amazing, think this was my favourite!), fish cakes, chicken spring rolls, honey pork and 2 different dipping sauces. 

Obviously I didn't try the chicken or pork (we were asked about dietary requirements but I didn't mention not eating meat as I still eat fish and Steven eats meat so didn't want to make a fuss, but being asked was nice!). Steven reported that the spring rolls and the pork were both lovely, they looked great! Honestly I couldn't eaten a whole bowl of the squid it was so good! The fishcakes were lovely also!  

We were spoilt with our mains, we were able to try the Thai Green Chicken Curry with Jasmine Rice, Prawn Pad Thai, Chicken Laab Moo Salad and the Pork Belling in Red Curry Sauce. The food all looked and smelled amazing! I started tucking into the Prawn Pad Thai, it's probably the best one I've ever had! The prawns were giant and the dish was full of flavour, the portion sizes were great too! Steven started off with the Chicken Salad, he's a bit of a wuss when it comes to heat and he nearly fell off his chair eating this, although it does have 2 chillies on the menu, so I'll just take his word for it! 

Next Steven went on to try the Pork Belly, which he thought was delicious and just the right spice for him. The meat was tender and well cooked. I went on to try the Thai Green Curry, I spooned some of the Jasmine Rice onto my side plate, which was so yummy and just the right amount of stickiness! I poured on some of the sauce, avoiding the chicken (Steven likes to call me a fake vegetarian!). I was super impressed, it was just spicy enough for me and was so full of flavour. Steven finished it off with the chicken and it's safe to say we were stuffed! 

We were so super impressed with our visit here, the service was so friendly and attentive, there were a couple of occasions where we almost got served drinks we didn't order and almost had 2 lots of mains as another tray was brought over but it's all just teething problems and we laughed it off. I couldn't stop staring at the decor, I hope we get to sit somewhere else when we come back just so I can stare at another section! With our bellies full we even got a goodie bag on the way out, I'm a sucker for a goodie bag! I often think Asian restaurants can be hit or miss, but here was one of the best Asian meals I've ever had, so delicious, I absolutely loved the laid-back street food vibe and I can't wait to come back! A big thank you to Jenny and the team for the invite!

*Our food and drinks were very kindly complimentary, as always all opinions are my own.

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