Thaikhun, in Silverburn shopping centre on Glasgow’s Southside, offers a quirky setting and an unusual range of Thai dishes plus good-value deals.
The Thai phrase ‘Ow jai sai’ roughly translated means caring from the heart for every detail, and there is no doubt that Thaikhun staff do their utmost to ensure that diners have a come-again experience. Thai Leisure Group with its powerful brand messages also owns Chaophraya in the city centre, which offers a consciously upmarket experience as opposed to Thaikhun where the décor, slogans and tableware mimic the informality of a Thai street or beach restaurant – but on a large scale inside Silverburn shopping centre; a tad incongruous but it really works. The menu is varied and offers standard Thai favourites such as phad Thai or massaman curry, as well as more unusual regional dishes such as pla samun prai – an Eastern Thailand dish of deep-fried whole sea bream with a wonderfully tangy red onion salad hitting the palate with ginger, lime, coriander, lemon grass, fish sauce, peanuts, chilli and palm sugar. There is a good-value lunch menu and a cinema deal as well as wines and cocktails selected to complement Thai tastes and flavours.
- High point: Outstanding service and value for the setting
- Low point: Can get very crowded it's so popular
- Notable dish: Thai Pinto - tiffin box for two
- Private dining: Layout allows for various sizes of group bookings
- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access
- Music on stereo: Thai contemporary music as a quiet background sound
- Capacity: 110
- Largest group: Up to 110
- Open since: 2015
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 9
- House wine: £17.50 per bottle