A taste of Thailand in the heart of Nottingham
We were recently lucky enough to be invited by Thaikhun in Nottingham to sample their menu, so on a sunny Friday my colleague Linda and I walked down to discover this new restaurant, which is located in the new food quarter of the intu Victoria Centre in the heart of Nottingham.
A very warm welcome awaited us, all of the staff were fantastic, very attentive and also informative, helping us navigate the menu and decide on the best choices so we could try plenty of the options available. The décor of the restaurant is quirky and colourful, reflecting Thaikhun’s focus on traditional Thai street food, with plenty of touches making us feel we’d been transported to Bangkok on our lunch hour. As it was a warm day, we chose to sit outside on the terrace, which is furnished with colourful outdoor furniture, plants and Thai flags, all helping with the authentic Thai feel of the whole place.
We were being indecisive on a starter, so our waiter recommended we try one of the sharing platters. We went for the Sukumvit 38 Platter, which features some of the best-selling dishes from the night street food market of Sukumvit 38 in Bangkok – Thai fish cakes, chicken spring rolls, honey pork and steamed dumplings. We also really liked the sound of the tod man khao pod – sweet corn cakes – so also greedily ordered a plate of these. The starter was incredibly generous in its portions, and all the options were delicious. Particular stand outs were the corn cakes and the fish cakes – both of which were full of flavour and very moreish.
After a short breather it was on to the main course. We were recommended the traditional pinto boxes available, so that we could try a number of options. These stacked metal boxes are traditionally used by workers for their packed lunches in Thailand, and after much consideration we chose to include in our boxes a green curry with chicken, beef with chilli & Thai basil stir fry, vegetable pad thai noodles and sticky rice.
Each of the dishes were full of flavour – particularly the green curry, which was absolutely bursting with fragrant spices, balanced by creamy coconut milk. Also the beef stir fry, with tender pieces of beef and packed just the right chilli kick to satisfy our hot food craving.
We did our best to polish off the entire pinto box but were defeated in the end, there was just so much food, making it great value and ideal for sharing with a group of friends.
The dessert menu sounds fantastic, items such as the Thai bounty – chocolate fondant with coconut ice cream – and the Thai whisky ice cream were definitely eye-catching. We’re planning a return visit to try the delicious sweet treats on offer. Thaikhun also has a great kids menu, making it ideal for families looking for a memorable meal out which the whole family can really enjoy.
Book your visit at: www.thaikhun.co.uk