Friday night this week, was a family Thai meal, in Nottingham city centres recently refurbished Intu – Victoria Centre shopping centre. Thai food is something my husband and I love, so we were definitely up for trying Thaikhun (pronounced Tycoon) for the first time. My eldest daughter (13) is very adventurous when it comes to food, and will try anything, whereas my 6 year is definitely more suspicious of trying new things. In fact I’d say she was a picky eater. So I was interested how she would react to this ‘new to her’ cuisine.
We asked for the children’s menu for Miss A, which was a choice of 4 main meals. There wasn’t a choice of starter, however this meant that she could share what we were having ( a great way to get a youngster to try new things I think) and we also ordered some Thai Prawn crackers with sweet chilli sauce for her to try too. In fact we all munched on those!
We did have to ask both for the children’s menu and for the pencil crayons, they weren’t given to us automatically, I’m not sure why that was, but it was easily rectified. We don’t usually use these kinds of things at home as a distraction, but find they work well in a restaurant environment.
Nia and Alex went for a Bangkok Street Platter to start, with Thai sausages, red curry corn cakes, prawn toast, chicken skewers and a couple of different dips. I don’t eat meat so couldn’t help the gang eat this, but everyone including Miss A loved this introduction to the meal. The platter was completely eaten clean afterwards, and there was lots of talk about the different flavours. I absolutely loved the sweetcorn, flavoured with red curry paste and aromatic kaffir lime leaves. I think they were a real highlight of the meal for me. Definitely cooked from fresh, and full of flavour!
So it was onto the main courses. Alex and I went for thai red curry, veggie for me, and duck one for him. Just the right heat I think for us, definitely spicy and full of flavour. We had a Veggie Phad Thai to share on the table, which was really delicious too. I can’t order a Thai without this dish, even if I know I’m not going to be able to finish it all.
Nia went for a Chicken Phad Thai with extra prawns and Miss A Phad Thai Dek, a small and simple version of the famous chicken and rice noodle dish but without any chillies.
The portions were generous, and full of flavour and I felt the service was excellent and the meal seemed be served very quickly, with the servers explaining each of the dishes to us, as the came to the table.
Alex and I didn’t have room for anything sweet. The gauntlet to fit something else in was picked up by the girls, as they ordered banana fritters (as recommended by our server) and vanilla and coconut ice cream. I have no idea how they finished them, but they both did, and loved them.
We all really enjoyed the meal, it was great to try something completely different as a family, and I wouldn’t hesitate visiting again. I actually spotted an outdoor eating area, which had great views of Nottingham, so I think in the summer that’s where I’d like to try next.
If you would like to find out more about Thaikhun, and see the menu and prices you can view that HERE. Or if you want to see a review from someone with younger children, and their thoughts, then check out this review on Zena’s Suitcase.
Thank you to Thaikhun for inviting us to try the meal in order to write this review.