Thaikhun - Bath
From Michelin stars to delicious street food, Bath has a plethora of fantastic international cuisines to pick from, and it is always exciting to review the latest restaurant openings...
Devotees of traditional Thai street food, we have just struck gold in Bath. Thaikhun, which opened its doors last month in Little SouthGate, conveniently brings a slice of Thailand to us! A setting reminiscent of vibrant, bustling Thai city streets welcomes customers to enjoy a truly authentic dining experience. Every nook and cranny of the restaurant pays homage to Thai culture with specially selected artefacts and bric-a-brac (imported from Thailand) filling the walls and vast ceiling space. This exotic Aladdin's cave is a feast for the eyes and certainly sets the tone for a fun dining experience.
Let's head in, because it's time to get ourselves right royally stuffed...
Starting with a tasty tipple to quench our thirst; a 'Coconut Mojito' (£6.95) for me. A delicious variation on your classic mojito; here we have mint leaves muddled with Havana rum and Malibu coconut liqueur.
A glass of ''Monsoon Valley Rosé, Thailand' for Scott...
Much needed glasses of water for any potential spicy flavours to come!
A basket of 'Thai Prawn Crackers with a Chilli Dip' to share...
Followed swiftly by a helping of salty puffs of 'Pork Scratching.'
We opted for a shared 'Pinto' (£13.50 pp) as our main; we chose a rich and heartwarming 'Massman Curry' - chicken curry flavoured with cinnamon and star anise, cooked with potatoes onion and cashew nuts. As well as a 'Guay Tiew Phad Sie Eiew' - tender beef with noodles. Finally a 'Moo Prik King' - pork belly in a red curry and not forgetting the all important portion of fluffy white 'Jasmine' rice.
Our mains were served in a traditional Thai pinto; workers in Thailand take their packed lunches to work like this, far more exciting than taking your typical sandwich bag into the office!
Stacked one on top of the other, the metal tins retain the heat of each dish, but as soon as the lids are lifted, it's time to get stuck in!
We were really impressed with each dish; the meats were tender and freshly cooked and the sauces rich and aromatic. The portion sizes were spot on too; we finished with clean plates and full, happy tummies!
The atmosphere was lively, buzzing and almost every seat in the restaurant was occupied by 7:30pm on a Wednesday evening. However, we did notice the service begin to dwindle towards the end of our meal, notably when more hungry diners packed in around us and the staff had more covers to cater for.
Thaikhun is an imaginative, welcoming restaurant, offering Bathonian's and visitors to our city an exciting new dining venue. I feel confident that it will become a popular haunt for lovers of authentic Thai cuisine.