Restaurant Review

Lunch at Thaikhun – New to WestQuay

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I have recently fallen in love with Thai Food – there is a cute little takeaway place in Chandlers Ford that we have been using for the past year that really set my taste alight for Thai food.

So when I was looking into the new West Quay development and discovered that there was going to be a Thai place, I knew I would have to give it a try.

After we had given ourselves a couple of days to get out of our turkey/pigs in blankets coma’s that Christmas put us in, Chandler and I headed to Southampton to try Thaikhun, one of Watermarks new offerings. I knew Chandler was the perfect company because she is travelling to Thailand next year and needs to try all the food before hand and she would be the perfect blog writing partner – so say hello to Chandler who will popping up now and again throughout this review.

We headed to Thaikhun for 12.30 and were greeted with huge smiles from the team and seated straight away. Our server for the day was absolutely lovely and was explaining a lot of Thai traditions and pronunciations to us as well as giving her recommendations on what we should try.

The restaurant is stunning and it really feels like you have been transported to the streets of Bangkok. The attention to detail and decoration was astounding and really added to the experience.

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We quickly decided on our order as we had already looked at the menu before arriving. I opted for Por Pia Tord Pak Spring Rolls (Vegetable) and Geang Keaw Wan – Thai Green Curry with Tofu.

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The Vegetable Spring Rolls were brilliantly presented and tasted amazing! Some of the best I have had – I could literally eat a whole plate as a main I swear! They were crispy on the outside and well cooked on the inside and served with a sweet chilli dipping sauce. Up next, the Thai Green Curry sauce was just the right amount of spicy (for indication at Nando’s I would eat hot sauce) and was packed full of Courgettes, Green Beans, Broccoli and fresh Thai Basil as well as LOTS of Tofu. It comes with its own seperate bowl of Jasmine Rice which complimented it perfectly.

Chandler was hoping to try some new things in preparation for her trip, and decided on Gai Satay – grilled chicken for a starter which came with toast and a dipping sauce. She quickly opted for the Moo Prik King (pork belly in red curry sauce).

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I’ll let Chandler tell you her thoughts from here:

“I definitely made a good choice with the Gai Satay! The chicken had been basted in a Thai sauce which complimented the accompanied dipping sauce perfectly! The toast was unexpected (I didn’t realise the chicken came with it) but also turned out to be lovely paired with the dipping sauce so, I’ll let them off for that little unexpected surprise!

The real star of the show for me was absolutely the Moo Prik King, pork belly served with green beans in a red curry sauce. I’ve had red curry before but the pork belly paired with it was just sublime! The sauce can be a bit on the spicy side if you’re not used to spice, but it could be easily shared if you didn’t want to eat too much of it. It’s definitely a dish that I can see myself eating too much of when I go to Thailand!

I assumed that the Moo Prik King would come in a noodle form, but our waitress informed me that it usually comes with rice. I also went for the Jasmine rice, although I can image the pork belly would’ve tasted just as amazing with the coconut rice. I’ll just have to go back and try it again!”

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Once finished we had let that settle for a while, we were getting pretty full at this point! We opted to try their desserts and cocktails. We shared a My Thai and their Thai Waffles with Green Tea Ice Cream.

The My Thai was a mix of Mekhong Thai Whisky, Malibu, Orange, Pineapple Juice and a dash of Coconut Cream. It was served inside one of the Malibu coconut cups which was a nice touch! It tasted amazing and if I wasn’t driving I definitely would have had more than one sip! For alcohol novices like me it was quite strong though! Chandler drank most of it and couldn’t stop raving about the cocktail:

“I loved the My Thai cocktail! As soon as we ordered it and the waitress said that it was one of her favourites, I knew we were on the right track… All of the flavours stand out in every sip, although the coconut was definitely the defining taste. It is incredibly strong though, definitely have it along side a big meal so that it can get soaked up quickly!”

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We were really intrigued to see what the Thai Waffle was like after hearing great things from our waitress. The presentation was incredible and it looked so good we were desperate to get the photo-taking out the way! The Waffle and Chocolate Sauce was lovely and not too heavy after all the other food we had eaten. The Green Tea Ice-Cream was interesting, I can’t say I was a huge fan but then I don’t like Green Tea! The same is said for Chandler on that one, although she managed quite a bit of it!

All up our food and drinks came to around £53 which is a little bit more than we would normally pay for a meal out together, however we were treating ourselves as it was Christmas!

If you’re in Southampton, make sure you pay Thaikhun a visit. You will not be disappointed. I will definitely be taking the family back again soon! And Chandler might be making a few more trips to prepare herself for her 3 weeks of all things Thai!

Until Next Time,

Laugh, Love and Shop

Charlotte xx

*Complementary meal for review.

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