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Restaurant review: Thaikhun, Union Square Shopping Centre, Aberdeen

Thaikhun recreates the ambience of Thailand
Thaikhun recreates the ambience of Thailand

Thai cuisine is a blend of four seasonings – salty, sweet, sour, and spicy – and almost every Thai dish combines all four tastes.

Location

In heart of the Granite City’s bustling Union Square shopping centre.

First Impressions

Fun, warm and friendly, with light-hearted and professional staff, an on view kitchen, and Thai cookery classes taking place.

Service

A1. We dropped in without reservations on a late shopping night. Staff asked for two minutes to find a us a spot in this already busy restaurant. We were quickly seated and our orders were taken.

Menu

Plenty of choice. From sharing starters and small plates to soup and salad, curry and sides, stir fry, noodles and rice and of course desserts. There were Chef Kim’s special recommendations and the classic pinto box, which we were keen to try.

Taste

With the pinto box (a traditional Thai worker’s metal box stacked with food) you can have a feast of curry, stir fry, and noodles choosing from delicious options like Thai red and green curries or Massasman and Penang options, stir fries that include cashew nut, garlic and black pepper, sweet and sour or chilli and basil, along with Pad Thai and street noodles. Or you can go for a mix up. We did and it was utterly delicious and far too much for two.

Ambience

Evocative of the magic of Thailand – the whirr of ceiling fans, rope-tied hessian sacks, wood battened walls, bare bulb lighting and coolie hats, reminiscent of the paddy fields, dangling overhead, this place transports you to the streets of Bangkok.

Price

Drinks and desserts for two came to just over £50 (£17 per person for the pinto box). Not bad for “one night in Bangkok”.