My love for Thai food developed when me and my husband spent our honeymoon in Thailand 8 years ago. From then on, we equally share the same passion for Thai cuisine. When Thaikhun emailed me to ask if I’m interested to do a review for their newly launched Children’s Menu, I didn’t think twice of accepting the offer as it had been a while since the last time we dined in a Thai restaurant.
Thaikhun is a quick growing Thai street food restaurant brand which offers customers a very different casual dining experience. Currently, Thaikhun has 8 restaurants across the UK. They’re in Oxford, Cambridge, Guildford, Nottingham, Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow and Aberdeen. Furthermore, it has a few upcoming launches this year and 8 more additional restaurants in 2017.
We were booked in for dinner yesterday at 5:00pm, which we were all so looking forward to. In fact, we arrived at the place far too early, that’s how excited we were, lol.
Thaikhun Restaurant is situated inside Silverburn Shopping Centre in Glasgow which offers plentiful and free customer parking. I think the location in itself is already a bonus, it’s convenient for everyone who doesn’t only go there to dine but to shop as well without having to worry of the parking charges. And in spite of it being inside the shopping centre, they are open until 10pm everyday so having late dinner is not a problem at all.
I must admit, I’m blown away with how the restaurant is authentically decorated. I was told, the decors came all the way from Thailand. How amazing is that? As soon as we got in, it was like we got lost in the middle of the shopping centre and suddenly transported through the streets of Thailand. Being mesmerized is an understatement. It also possesses a very welcoming and homely feel to it particularly for me, as it reminded me a bit of my home country in Philippines.
Inside may appear eccentric and yet it is overflowing with character from the floors, chairs, lighting, table setting, bar area, walls, signage and ceilings. Every little touch they put into the decor made it feel so realistic. The traditional rustic surroundings is equally adorable and admirable.
- Children’s Menu
Thaikhun had officially launched nationwide their new children’s menu. The new offering helps parents encourage young diners to try new food in an accessible way. This exciting new menu was shaped up with their aim to:
Now the most important taste-test and selection… Honestly, I’m not overly impressed with the children’s menu, purely because the selection is very limited.
Vegetable sticks to start… Big thumbs up for offering kids something healthy and significantly nutritious. However, the starter might be appetizing for most kids but my kids are not too keen on raw vegetables unfortunately. They still tried it though which I’m glad of as this might spur their interest into it.
Phad Thai Tray…. In fairness, I love the mix and match concept of the main meal… kids can choose between noodles or rice, choice of meat and sauce. The menu encourages kids to try something new and different for their taste buds. I like how their food were served in colored trays with matching cutlery, so cute and truly appealing for the kids. Additionally, I’m happy how the meat were cut into bite size when served, I think it’s such a brilliant idea… I wish all restaurants will do the same, less hassle for parents and avoids the risk of choking for kids as well. Kudos for that!
Ice Lolly for dessert… Reimer and Ruby enjoyed the iced lolly, he had the strawberry flavor while she had the chocolate flavored one. They loved it that much that it disappeared in seconds. Again, I would have liked more choices on dessert too.
The new menu includes free creepy crawlies to entice the most adventurous little eaters. My kids weren’t too adventurous for it, although they had a look at it, touched and smelled it. It’s definitely a unique offering for kids, a dining experience that they will remember for a while.
Per child cost £5.95 for the 3 courses including a drink which seems reasonably priced.
- Our Food
I have to say, you will be spoiled with the variety of choices on the Menu. It took us ages to decide which to choose as we want to try all of them. Did I say we liked Thai food? Overall, food tasted really good, way up to our expectations… the zingy combination of Thai flavors is at its finest. Food was also beautifully presented specifically the dessert.
- Customer Service
As above mentioned, we arrived at the restaurant rather early, instead of a 5:00pm booking, we pushed our luck and see if they can accommodate us earlier than booked time and they did with pleasure. That’s what you call good customer service!
The Duty Manager was very nice, he greeted us at the entrance, accompanied us to our table and explained to us the menu as expected by first time diners. There were a couple of staff who served us and some just came round to have a little chitchat with the kids which really made us even more comfortable. They were all friendly, pleasant and made sure to ask how our food was. One staff even came round showing us the native Thai hat which we had fun trying on ourselves.
I have to say, the customer service is superb, certainly the icing on the cake… It made a massive difference to our dining experience at Thaikhun on top of the food of course. The staff whom attended us were exceptional. (Sorry I forgot to ask the names) Keep up the good work!
To sum it all up, we absolutely had a specially distinct and wonderful dining experience at Thaikhun. We would definitely be coming back to dine in again. I undoubtedly highly recommend it to everyone as well, trust me you’ll not regret it.
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Disclaimer: We were invited to dine in at Thaikhun Silverburn in Glasgow for the purpose of this review. However, all images and opinions are entirely my own.
Have you dined in at any Thaikhun restaurant? If not, do you consider visiting one nearest you? What can you say about their new children’s menu?
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