Ever since coming home from a year in Australia almost two years ago, I’ve had a slight obsession with Thai food. I was ridiculously addicted to it over in Sydney, literally because there was a Thai take-away or a Thai restaurant on every corner (pretty much!). So my Thai loving self comes home to Manchester ever so slightly disappointed that my home town seems to lack this type of cuisine.
And then, Thaikhun appeared. Splat bang in the center of Manchester’s classier part – Spinningfields – this uber cool Thai restaurant opened up, all themed and fancy. And since then, it’s been my number one go to place. Eating out in Manchester can just get a little monotonous – there’s only so many times I can turn up at another crazy burger or pizza place, yet your traditional English food sometimes just doesn’t cut it either. So what’s so special about Thaikun then? Have a little bit of a read on and I’ll share a bit of the new menu…
As you can see from the above photos, the decor is so lovely. Updated with traditional Thailand influences, world maps and travel accessories, stepping into Thaikhun is like taking a little trip to the Far East. The staff are literally waiting at the door to great you, and the general vibe and ambiance is relaxed yet constantly busy.
Upon my last visit, it was a rather hot day, so I treated myself to a Mango Refresher. It was a generous size, filled with cold iced melon flavours with a slight creamy texture. They also do a Berry and Strawberry version, which sounds like a good call for the upcoming Summer too. My friend on the other hand opted for an amazing cocktail – just look how pretty it was!
We decided to start with a basket of Thai inspired prawn crackers and a spicy sweet and sour dip. If there are two of you dining here, I recommend getting a portion to share if you aren’t too sure about over facing yourself with a starter. They are so crunchy and delicious, just filling you up the right amount before the main course. They make a nice side dish to, especially when it comes to mopping up the remainders of your Thai curry sauce! But anyway, onto that bit next, which is the best bit of course – the main curries.
From the photographs above, you can see we both opted for slightly different curries. I went for the Duck Red Thai Curry, which was absolutely delicious. The duck was so tasty, and when mixed in with the creamy, coconut infused red Thai sauce, it became a lightly spiced dish packed with flavour. The texture of the duck was soft and easy to eat too, and I probably enjoyed it more than the usual chicken dishes I normally stick too! I’ll definitely loo at ordering a duck dish again, as it’s something I have steered away from previously, but man I’ve been missing out…
The chicken dish you can see on the photos is the Chicken with cashew nuts which my friend ordered, which was actually a close second choice for me. The deep fried chicken is cooked with a mixture of peppers, spring onions and mushrooms, before being sprinkled with soft cashew nuts, chilli and a touch of sauce. Both dishes went lovely with the steamed jasmine rice, and it’s safe to say both meals got eaten up pretty quickly.
For me, Thaikhun never lets me down and it’s such a cool place to bring a friend who may not dine out in Manchester very often. It just has that unique cuisine feel and a touch of class at the same time, yet still feeling like quite a relaxed, un-pretentious place to eat. Prices are also affordable, with a typical curry coming in at £10.
Looks like I have found a firm favourite placer to satisfy my Thai cravings!