Andy and I love thai food and I cook the occasionally noodle dish for us all and Alice loves it. But, when choosing a restaurant to eat out at with the girls, its not something we ever consider.
When Thaikhun invited us to try out their restaurant in Oxford, we checked out the kids menu online and we were pleasantly surprised to see there was plenty of choice for Alice and Holly.
We haven’t taken the girls to Oxford before and it involves a park and ride on the bus, which they were very excited about. After a quick shop for Alice’s school shoes it was time to head to Thaikhun for lunch.
As soon as we walked in it felt like we had stepped into Thailand, with a tuk-tuk greeting us.
The restaurant was decorated brilliantly and there was so much to look at, this also helped with entertaining the girls.
The children’s menu was a three step process, which means there is something for everyone. Along with vegetable sticks to start, a drink and an ice lolly for dessert, all for £5.95.
The girls were given colouring and a fold out map of a thai beach holiday, which you had to spot all the items around the edge within the map. This kept them both happy while we waited and they didn’t have to wait long for the vegetable sticks to arrive.
Both the girls had milk to drink and it’s the first restaurant we’ve been to which had a cup with a secure lid on top. This meant that we didn’t need to keep helping Holly with her drink, and she loved it.
The girls meals arrived swiftly and they both had the noodles, grilled chicken and sweet bbq sauce. Their meals came out on a tray style plate with everything separate, plus a plastic spoon and folk.
They both liked dipping their chicken in the sauce. The noodles were a bit tricker to eat as they were all stuck together in a big mass and because there are no knifes provided, not even for the adults. It was difficult to pull them apart for them to eat.
Andy and I had the same starter of Gai Satay, which is marinated chicken skewers with peanut sauce, cucumber relish and toast. You had the choice of 4 or 8 skewers and as we were both having it we went for 8 skewers.
We both commented that you could hardly taste the peanut in the sauce, which for us was perfect we like it but don’t want it to overwhelm the flavour of the chicken.
It was great that the girls meals came out first even though Andy and I had a starter, there is nothing worse than children having to wait for their meal when you are trying to eat your food. Holly had a try of ours too.
For main course Andy choose the Khao Mun Gai Too, crumbled chicken served with coconut rice and sweet chilli dip. Andy said it was delicious and the rice just had a hint of coconut which was perfect. It was a big portion size and Andy just about finished it all.
I went for the Guay Tiew Phad Sie Eiew, wide rice noodles stir-fried with beef strips and choi sum leaves in a soy and oyster sauce. Again it was a good portion size and the nicest noodle dish I have had.
Andy and I both enjoyed our meals and we were too full to manage a dessert. The girls had an ice lolly included in their meal deal and were brought out a mini milk each, which they both loved.
The restaurant had a bar area where you could enjoy a drink before your meal, with some great seating areas.
We all enjoyed our food and it definitely opened our eyes up to taking the girls to more restaurants that offer something different for the girls.
Our food and drinks came to around £60, which was a good price for all the food and drinks we had. As we were leaving they gave us a loyalty card, where you collect six stamps and on your seventh visit you receive a 40% discount, which is a fab discount and worth doing if you like thai food.
You can find Thaikhun restaurants in other places, take a look here.
Overall we had a lovely meal and would go back again…
Disclosure: We were invited for the above meal for the purpose of this review however all opinions are our own.