We’ve never been to Thailand before, and if all we wanted to see of it was their equivalent of a used home ware store, then we’d have no reason to venture any further than Bath. The inside of new Thai restaurant Thaikhun is kitted out with genuine wares from Thailand, packed into a container and shipped half way around the world to add to the sensory overload of this exciting new addition to the south west.
Situated a handy two minute walk from the station in the Little Southgate dining quarter, this is the ninth restaurant in this Thai street food chain.
Walking inside we received a warm welcome and were shown to our table where we had all the time we wanted to take in all the surroundings. There’s a bizarre mix of old TV’s and radios, gardening equipment and even street signs.
Only our hunger could distract us from taking it all in and our attention shifted to the menu.
After long days, drinks were needed to start us off; the menu had some familiar names but with a Thai twist, such as the Coconut Mojito- mint leaves muddled with rum and a a coconut liqueur, and the Phi Phi Bellini- mango vodka with passion fruit puree and prosecco. Both were delicious to our sweet tooth and went down far too quickly.
The food menu also some tempting treats; we started with a Bangkok street platter which contained classics like chicken satay and prawn toast, and some less well known ones like red curried corn cakes and pork dumplings. All were great, particularly my personal favourite – the succulent chicken and the nutty sauce, and the crispy spicy corn fritters.
Next up on the cocktail list for us was a Good Time Girl – vanilla vodka and butterscotch schnapps blended with pineapple juice and passion fruit liqueur, and the restaurants signature cocktail, the Thaikhun – ginger, lemongrass, chili and mint, with whisky apple juice and Taylor’s Velvet Falernum (look that one up- an interesting spirit I’ve not come across before!)
For our mains we opted for one dish we knew, to give us a benchmark, and try one dish new to us both. Thaikhun’s sweet and creamy massaman curry was excellent and ticked every box for us. We also went for a Goong Phad Prik Gra Tiam, which was deep-fried giant prawns in a chili, garlic and basil sauce with peppers and onions. This dish was rated two out of a possible three chilis on their spice scale, and it packed a real punch! We loved every bit of it though – it got the taste buds tingling in the best way.
To accompany our fantastic mains we had a Kao Ka Prad Gai, which was a rice dish served with minced chicken stir-fried with chili, garlic, basil, soy and oyster sauce, all topped off with a fried egg; if we weren’t so keen to try a good selection from the menu this would easily have done as a meal for one! As it is though, we were being pigs so we also had a side of Sen Jun Luak; light rice noodles with soy, garlic and beansprouts.
After all that we were well satisfied and loved every dish; there was no room for dessert sadly (though there were some extremely tempting options, including a sticky toffee pud’ served with whisky ice cream!), but we had saved a little space for a couple of last cocktails – sweet ones to fill the pudding void we’d forced upon ourselves. We had a Gin Cooler – gin and Licor 43 (another new spirit on me!) with cucumber, lime and apple and lychee juice, and a Thai Takeaway – vodka, spiced rum, basil, mint, pineapple and lime juice and a touch of coconut cream, served with crushed ice in a takeaway box: Both sound quite sweet but were balanced well and were the perfect way to end a great meal.
We waddled back to the station and after a short train ride worked off a few of the many calories we’d ingested on our walk home. Excellent food, drinks, service and setting: We can see why Thaikhun is a success and expanding steadily. Give it a try – you’ll be glad you did!