On Friday 19th August, I was given the opportunity to review the new children's menu at Thaikhun in Manchester. The new exciting menu has been created alongside the National Geographic to create a child friendly, authentic Thai experience.
We had never been to Thaikun before so we were all really excited to try out some of their delicious dishes. We were greeted by a lovely lady called Nikki who would be our server for the evening. She was happy, helpful and immediately brought over coloring for Frankie and talked us through the menu.
The children's menu came with 3 courses; vegetables sticks to start, a main chosen from the menu (Phad Thai, mix and match Thai try or fried chicken with jasmine rice), ice lolly or ice-cream to finish and a drink of water, juice or milk.
Whilst talking through the options with Frankie, she was reluctant to choose any. We decided that the mix & match Thai tray would be the best option.
Frankie chose the Jasmine rice, mixed vegetable and Sweet BBQ sauce. Noa went for the noodles, mixed vegetables and no satay sauce.
The lovely waitress took our order and gave us the option to bring the children's food out with our starters (which we thoughts a great idea!)
Whilst waiting for our food, the manageress brought over some creepy crawlies for Frankie to try, and to add to the authentic Thai experience.
Frankie was not so sure about eating creepy crawlies and was happy to sit that one out (I can imagine their are lots of children who think that this is such a cool touch!).
Whilst I photographed the bugs, Noa reached over, and before I could stop her she devoured the lot of them!!
The starters and children's meals arrived shortly after, and I was pleased to see that the children's meals arrived on trays. I thought this was a brilliant idea, especially for fussy eaters as it gives them the option to eat the foods separately or mix them up as a meal.
The children really enjoyed their meal (especially Noa!)
Frankie found the Sweet Bbq sauce a little too spicy, but Ste tried it and said it was delicious. I had a taste of Noa's no satay sauce and it was lovely!
The quality and taste of the food really was fantastic. The ingredients were fresh, the appearance and presentation was excellent and the taste was delicious.
After devouring their meals, the children were offered ice cream or ice lolly's. Frankie chose a chocolate ice lolly and Noa had vanilla ice-cream.
The kids menu was good but their is definitely room for a little more improvement.
I love the idea of the creepy crawlies, and explaining to Frankie that in Thailand they are part of the cuisine. The menu needs a couple more options. I would love to see sticky rice and chicken or tofu satay!
I really like the fact that the menu doesn't include the typical pizza and chips option, as it meant that Frankie had to try Thai food (and best of all she loved it!)
The desert options (ice lolly or ice-cream) were a little too generic and I would like to see Thai options such a mango sticky rice to compliment the authentic Thai main course.
Overall, our experience was very good. The service was impeccable, the food fantastic, the ambience of the restaurant felt very relaxed and cool. And we would definitely choose to go back again.
* The meal we received was complimentary in exchange for a review. All opinions I have shared are honest and true *
Im not going to lie. 2016 hasn't been kind to us. Between losing our American Visa's, to almost being arrested, to moving back to England, to having a mysterious illness that 9 (YES 9) rounds of antibiotics can't cure, has been exhausting. And thats just a snippet of our hellish year.
I have always been an advocate for exercise and getting those wonderful endorphins flowing. However in the last few months Ive become insular, lazy and a little depressed.
In order to try and motivate myself I signed up for a half marathon. But with moving house and a few more excuses I've barely trained at all.
Last night for a split second, I was in the mood to go for a run. I knew that if I didn't go right that second, that I would soon change my mind and think of another excuse. So thats exactly what I did. Swiftly put on my running gear, grabbed my headphones and shouted "off for a run- back soon" to my husband as I was half way out of the door.
I hadn't run in a while so I had told myself I would just do a few km. But as I was running, I felt so free. I took in the beautiful rolling hills around me, ran through the quaint and pretty village (Which has some adorable shops that I must go visit). It was the most relaxed I had felt this year.
Then it began to rain. Beautiful light raindrops. The rain you see in films, so refreshing and dewy.
Running in the rain felt so imperfectly perfect, it was exactly what I needed. It was a little escape.
I ended up running for 6 miles (about 10km) and I loved every second of it.
Im going to try and run twice a week. I need those endorphins and also the break from the housework and children was much needed.
Do you take time to work out?
Thanks for taking the time to read!
p.s. The happy rain running moment was OBVIOUSLY selfie worthy.