When Thaikhun invited me to come and try out their kids menu, I cheekily asked if I could do that with my adult son!! Hence last week, my son and I had dinner at Thaikhun (pronounced Tycoon). Thaikhun is a Thai Restaurant right by the Cambridge Quayside. According to their website, the Thai word ‘Khun’, means ‘your’, implying that when you dine in their restaurant, you feel as welcome as you would if you were visiting their home in Thailand. The restaurant is based on the concept of the street food in Thailand and their aim is to bring authentic Thai street food to the the UK!
The restaurant is situated just past the beautiful Cambridge riverbank. As you approach Thaikhun, you start to feel excited as you see a yellow rickshaw (called tuk tuk in Thailand) parked just outside the restaurant . The inside is decorated with authentic Thai decorations which make you feel that you are in Thailand.
The bar really caught our attention as it looked as though it was a shipping tanker. Later on as we chatted to our friendly waiter he told us that all the artifacts including the wooden panels had been shipped over from Thailand and each Thaikhun has a different theme and the shipping tankard was Cambridge’s.
When we arrived we were given a choice of where to sit. We chose to sit outside as it was a sunny evening. We were given a drinks menu but chose to have cool smoothies as both of us were driving. My son had the Go Berry smoothie and I had the Big 5 smoothie. Both were refreshing, cold and very tasty.
For the starters we had the sweet corn cakes and spring rolls. Both came with dips and the waiter gave us a plate of various other dips to try. We couldn’t try a couple as they had fish sauce in them and both my son and I are vegetarians. The dips we tried were all good. we both liked the hot and spicy dip best.
Both the spring rolls and corn cakes were absolutely delicious. The spring rolls tasted home made with lovely filling of bean sprouts and carrots. The corn cakes were served on tissue paper which looked like newspaper which made you feel that you were eating on the streets of Thailand. They tasted like sweet corn pakoras and we finished the two dishes in no time.
The location of the restaurant, the food and service service made this an evening to remember. We enjoyed the friendly atmosphere and perfect service and we were able to relax and catch up. The staff were friendly and happy to give us space. When we arrived at the restaurant, it was quiet so we were able to look around and take some pictures but it soon got busy. Years ago, I was told by a friend that when you see Thai people eating in a Thai restaurant, the food will be authentic and I saw several Thai customers eating at Thaikhun.
For vegetarians – There are lots of vegetarian dishes on the menu and the staff are very friendly and able to suggest which dishes on the menu can be made into vegetarian options.
Cleanliness of bathrooms: When I eat out, I worry about the quality of the toilets. I can assure you that Thaikhun in Cambridge have separate male and female toilets and they were very clean.
Thaikhun also run a cookery school once a month and I am hoping to attend one to learn how an authentic Thai curry is made.
We were invited to review the restaurant so our meal was complimentary. All the views are of my experience at the restaurant. I would like to say Kop Khun Kha (Thank You) ขอขอบคุณ to Thaikhun and all their staff for their hospitality and excellent service.
If you wish to dine at Thaikhun this is their address:
Thaikhun Cambridge 3-5 Quayside, Cambridge, CB5 8AB
Tel: 01223 941510
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 12:00pm – 10:30pm