Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal


Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal
I don't always get overly excited about telling you about places I've been to eat, but this is a place I really loved from the moment I walked in, and I couldn't wait to tell you all about it.

My favourite place to shop, and now eat in the North East is without doubt The Metrocentre Gateshead. With the newly refurbished Upper Qube part of the shopping centre holding eighteen restaurants, it's fair to say you can be easily spoilt for choice about where to eat.
One restaurant really stands out from the crowd though; Thaikhun is bright, bold and vibrant and this is apparent even when just walking past.

We were lucky enough to be invited to sample the adult and children's menus, and arrived to a lovely greeting from the manager. As we were a little early we had to wait for our table, so we perched our bottoms on the stools near the bar and watched the barman hard at work while we took the opportunity to admire the interior... everything is very busy, mismatched and quirky with street lights, neon signs, posters, flags, bike wheels and so much more decoration, you feel like you're always noticing something new.

We were soon seated in one of the booths facing the big open plan kitchen, great seats to watch the chefs at work and see all of the amazing looking food coming out for the other tables.
While browsing the menu we were offered some prawn crackers to nibble on, which of course we said yes to! They were unlike any prawn crackers I've ever eaten, real, authentic, homemade crackers served with a sweet chilli dip - and they were delicious! Robbie moved them to stop me eating them at one point so that I'd have space for my meal.
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal Cocktails Beer
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal
When it came to ordering my first drink, I was very tempted by the sound of all of the cocktails, but thanks to being designated driver, I wasn't able to indulge. When I asked if the bar man would be able to make me a virgin mojito, I was pleasantly surprised to be asked which flavour I would like (something that's never been offered to me anywhere else before), I chose pineapple and passionfruit, and it was without doubt the best mojito I've ever had, it was so refreshing and fruity!
Robbie was told to try some of the Thai beers they had on offer and started with a bottle of Singha, which he really enjoyed. Elodie opted for milk which came in a cute elephant cup.

I was completely spoilt for choice with the starters, there were so many on the menu that I wanted to try! I ended up deciding on the Gai Satay; grilled chicken skewers inspired by the street BBQ grills in Bangkok served with peanut sauce, cucumber relish and toast. The chicken was cooked perfectly, and the peanut sauce was to die for... really, really delicious and incredibly moreish! What I didn't realise at the time, but have concluded since editing the photos is that I probably should have poured the sauce on top of the skewers... I dipped, but whatever floats your boat I guess!
Robbie ordered the similar dish Moo Ping grilled pork skewers, which are sweet so marinated skewers served with a chilli dip. And as much as I loved my starter, these were by far my favourite of the two... the pork was so tender and the sweet sauce was delicious, then when I dipped the pork into the chilli dip, the contrast between sweet and spicy was incredible.

Both starters were packed with flavour and left us wanting more and more... I would have happily eaten them both again for my main!
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal
Elodie ordered from the new style children's menu which gives the little guests the option of Pad Thai, Fried Chicken with Jasmin Rice or a Thai Tray, which let's them build their own meal by selecting from rice or noodles, pork, chicken or mixed vegetables and finally a sauce from no nuts satay, sweet bbq or slightly spicy green curry. Elodie isn't the bravest when it comes to trying new foods, but she was excited at the thought of sharing her views on here and happily made her choices.
Her meal arrived promptly with our starters so that she didn't have to wait around and get bored, the vegetable sticks starter for Elodie never arrived, maybe because we had asked for her main meal to arrive early, but it didn't matter to us anyway as she doesn't like raw veg.
She loved the fact that the food came to her on a plastic tray, which she excitedly told us were the same as she uses at school. Thankfully, her choice of sauce came on the side, as she found it a little too strong, but she thoroughly enjoyed the rest... Her pork was moist and full of flavour and her noodles seemed to go on forever! 

The lady who took our order for the main courses could't have been more attentive or helpful, we both commented that we had received some of the best service we had ever experienced.
Upon selecting our mains, she suggested that we order another dish to try and have the three as sharing dishes in the middle of the table - definitely a good idea if you're looking to try new things like we were.
We chose the Khao Mun Gai Tod; crumbed fried chicken breast served with ginger or coconut rice (we went with ginger) and a sweet chilli dip, Khao Moo Daeng Moo Grob; slices of barbecued and roasted pork belly served on a bed of steamed rice with a sweet so and barbecue sauce and lastly Goong Phad PrikGra Tiam; deep fried tiger prawns, stir fried with peppers and onions in a chilli and garlic sauce.

The chicken dish was really tasty, and perfect if you're not into anything spicy as you can choose to add as much or little of the sauce as you wish - this was Robbie's favourite.
The pork dish, inspired by a restaurant in Bangkok which has been running for over 50 years was also really tasty... I definitely preferred the pork belly to the sliced pork on this dish, but mixed with the rice and the sauce the flavours were amazing.
The prawn dish, which the manager suggested we try, was actually my favourite of the three... The prawns were incredibly huge and really juicy and the flavour from the marinate worked perfectly, the perfect balance of spices for my taste - I will definitely be ordering these again.
It was just a shame we had so much food and couldn't manage to finish it all!
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal Cocktails Beer
The second round of drinks were just as great as the first... Robbie tried another beer called Chang which again he liked but he said he preferred the first one as it was smoother and I was advised by the manager to have the Full Moon cocktail (minus the alcohol of course). This one was much sweeter, but equally as tasty as the first drink, I just need to head back next time when I'm not the driver so I can taste it in all of it's glory!
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal Dessert
Although at this point I was feeling very, very full, I am weak and couldn't resist taking a look at the dessert menu. Some of the desserts were unlike anything I've seen on a menu before; Matcha Green Tea ice cream, Mango Sticky Rice, Thai Waffles and Banana Fritters... They all sounded so good.
The chocoholic in me opted for the Gluten Free Chocolate Tart; a three layer slice of goodness on an almond base - I shared this with Robbie, while he also had a cup of tea. We both agreed it was not overly chocolatey or rich, just a nice sweet ending to a really delicious feast!

Elodie was offered a Mini Milk ice lolly as her dessert but she was too full to manage one - Clearly I'm the greediest of the family!
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal
Thaikhun Intu Metrocentre Newcastle - Restaurant Review Thai Food Family Meal
All in all, I can't recommend Thaikhun enough. If you're looking for exciting food which is extremely well made, well presented and really tasty in an amazing surrounding topped off with some of the best service, then this is where you need to be. 
They even have fancy toilets and a tuktuk... What more could you ask for?!
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