Thursday, 12 January 2017
Thai Street Food hits the South Coast (of England!)
You know you've had really good food, like so good you just want to keep eating it forever, even though you know eventually you'll explode and it will be messy. Well that was exactly how I felt after our trip to the new Thaikhun in Southampton's Westquay.
We absolutely love Thai food in our house. Dann loves cooking it, and well I love eating it! I think what really sells it for me is that it is actually really quite healthy, but tastes so good you don't even realise you've eaten a mountain of veggies. Win win!
Anyway, as part of the new Watermark/Westquay development (apparently it's not really called Watermark anymore, that was just it's name whilst it was being built - go figure) we've seen a mix of new restaurants join our city, including Thaikhun. They specialise is Thai street food, housed inside an eclectic bric-and-brac filled restaurant.
We went along last Saturday for lunch* and I honestly could have stayed the week trying out their entire menu.
We decided, with the help of our amazing waitress Kirst we decided to try out a couple of the sharing dishes that gave us the chance to try a mix of different foods on offer.
To start we had the Bangkok Street Platter: grilled chicken satay, Thai prawn toast, prawn and pork dumplings and red curried corn cakes. We absolutely loved this to get us going, plus it was served in a mini crate which is just all kinds of cute. Also I'm totally converted to loving dumplings. I always had an issue with the texture, but since trying them at Kyoto Kitchen, and now at Thaikhun, I'm a complete convert. Everything was lush, and the Thai prawn toast was so different to the 'common' prawn toast from the local Chinese.
For our main we tried out their 'make your own pinto'. These are basically little dishes (think large tapas style) served in traditional pintos which give you a mix of different dishes (the idea is from thai workers who would take the pintos as packed lunches to work.). We chose Massman curry, vegetable pad thai and beef with chilli and thai basil, all served with jasmine rice. Now here is where the aforementioned "eat it forever until you explode because it's so good and I never want it to end" comes in. The Massaman curry was to die for. Like I could eat that all day, every day and I think I'd die pretty darn happy (ok there might be a mild exaggeration but you get my point - I loved it). Although I do love Thai curries, I'm always a little cautious about heat and the presence of peanuts (no allergy, just hate the taste) but this was singley the best curry I've had. Even if the rest of the meal had been dire (obviously it wasn't) I would still go back,just for the curry! Ok I'll stop fan girling the curry now that I think you get my point. ANYWAY, the beef was totally gorgeous too, and so was the pad thai, though I must admit It did get sidelined by you guessed it.... the curry!
Unfortunately due to a near child meltdown (closely averted - never work with kids I tell ya!) we had to skip dessert, but the thai waffle with green tea ice cream caught both of our eye, so we'll be heading back soon to give it a try (and to just drown in Massaman curry - OK I'll stop now!)
So will we be back? Yes, yes we will.
You can find all the Thaikhun restaurant locations here.
You can win free Thai food for a year with Thaikhun's exclusive orange card by entering their Dry January Mocktail Competition. Just enter your Mocktail recipe and you could have it featured in their restaurants in February as well as getting as more Massaman curry as you could ever desire! All competition T&Cs are on the Thaikhun website.
*food and drinks provided for review - all opinions as always are my own
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