Thaikun at intu Metrocentre
Everyone has heard the word on the mall - intu Metrocentre have upped the food game like no tomorrow, introducing some new kids on the block even before Newcastle city centre. Granted, they are all chain restaurants, however for one of the largest shopping centres in Europe, you need some well-recognised restaurant brands to pull in the visitors who travel in the name of shopping. It would be great to see some local heroes in there though - maybe a plan for the future? Still, the new food scene in Metrocentre is looking better than ever compared to the heavily themed food court that once was. I'm not sure if my shopping habits have changed over the years, however I wouldn't normally make a day of going shopping with a break for lunch or dinner at the Metrocentre, but considering the options that are there now, it's hard not to feel hungry when you walk through the new mall. Thaikun was one of the first to open their doors, offering authentic Thai cuisine and street food atmosphere. I was invited along to the launch night to get a flavour of what they're all about...
The décor is as authentic as the recipes they follow; a trip over to Thailand with the objective of filling a shipping container was definitely achieved; you can't stop looking at the amount of stuff that adorns the restaurant. Service was impeccable; amazing hospitality from the moment you're greeted at the door. The opening night was electric; the full Thai experience with music, shots and lots of food. Cocktails were flowing (try out the Coconut Mojito when you visit) and generally lots of noise and heightened atmosphere. After trying most of the signature dishes; my particular favourite was the Phad Thai. The Chef's there have been rigorously testing out the recipes for weeks, which is shown in the execution. The restaurant makes you feel as though you're a world away from the Metrocentre, and we must have stayed there for a good four hours before realising the time. A great bonus is that they also do take away - great for me working right next to the Metrocentre!
It doesn't stop there for Thai Leisure Group; there's a roof top Chaophraya coming to Newcastle soon that will overlook Grey's Monument. All we need in the region is a ChaoBaby and a Yee Rah and we'll have the full set. To find out more, visit the Thaikun website, or give them a follow on Twitter.