Victoria Centre has exploded with restaurants. One of which, continuing the Thai street food craze, comes in the form of Thaikhun. But where the busy decorations, tuk tuks and Singha beer posters of Maid Mazza’s Zaap hit you hard, Thaikhun is a touch more smoothed out. However, not without its quirks: outside, they’ve even got loads of fake wires wrapped around the fairy lights, akin to the fizzling electricals commonly found round them parts.
We started with a couple of cocktails, naturally. I had a Gin Cooler (£6.95) and my partner had a sweet Full Moon (£6.95). You can upgrade to a bucket – seriously – for £13. The cooler came with Beefeater gin, liquer 43, lime, apple juice and lychee, all laced with thinly sliced cucumber and ice. Deliciously refreshing. The Full Moon had Absolut vodka, orange liqueur, watermelon, apple, cranberry and Midori and, with a couple of flying saucers to top the glass, it was a show stopper.
I’d recommend getting a sharing platter as a starter. We had the Bangkok Street Platter (£7.50) – grilled chicken satay, Thai prawn toast, prawn and pork dumplings, and red curried corn cakes. With soy, satay and sweet chilli dipping sauces, you’re onto a winner here. Although the prawn toast was a bit greasy (to be expected), the dumplings and the corn cakes were beautiful, and the chicken was seriously moist. The Sukhumvit Platter (£8) is equally as eclectic.
For mains, we had ped phad prik pao (£9.50) – slices of roasted duck wok-fried with chilli paste, oyster sauce, mushrooms, peppers and onions. The duck was juicy, coated in thick, spicy sauce, and came with sticky rice. On top of that, there was the phao kee mao (£10.50), or spicy seafood noodles, which came doused in soy sauce and scattered with squid, mussels and prawns. Full of flavour and very filling. On a previous visit, I chose the kao ka prao gai (£10) – spicy minced chicken stir fried with garlic, chilli basil, soy and oyster sauce. All with rice and a fried egg. One of the most simple and beautiful dishes I’ve had this year, and took me right back to the echoes of “Same same, but different.”
Dessert time. We managed to save a bit of room by getting ourselves a doggy bag, so it was sticky date pudding with Thai whisky ice cream for me (£5.25) and mango sticky rice (£5.25) for him. Mine came thick with sauce, and that whisky ice cream really cut through the sweetness perfectly.
Bonus points include having a terrace for those days when the sunshine shows its face. And they’ve just come on Deliveroo… for the days when it doesn’t.
Victoria Shopping Centre, NG1 3QN. 0115 838 9950