Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Eating out with Kids, including our thoughts of Thaikhun.

When it comes to eating out as a family it can go either way, hit or miss. It's completely pot luck half the time but also admitting that we'll more than likely eat our food semi-warm is the only consolation. Sometimes though, the kids actually enjoy the food as much as us adults do. I believe that if they're truly hungry, and find the food/situation fun then this can sometimes help contribute to having a wonderful family meal. 

The six of us were recently invited to sample a complimentary meal & to try out the new kids menu at our local Thaikhun restaurant. I accepted the invite right away as from experience from when Mr T & I were invited to the VIP opening launch early last year & the food is undeniably delicious. I won't lie though, sitting down for a meal on a rare date night is the polar opposite to when you're sitting down with your four littles. They are generally good when we eat out but kids will be kids and sometimes boredom sets in while waiting, or when the conversation has ran its course/ attention span and its then the start of the "I need a wee" at any given second x3 saga.
So on arrival we were shown to our seat downstairs, we were offered help right away with leading our littles to our table, one member of staff even carried our little boy down the big steps for us to which he looked a little bewildered about! Once sat down we ordered the drinks we desired, and took a browse at our menus. The kids menu has had a recent change with that its in collaboration with Nat Geo Kids which includes a funky design, cool facts and some handy colouring crayons too.
When deciding our meals we were given our drinks, plus a couple of extra ones to try out too. The wait wasn't too long, we were showing the children the vibrant decor above them which included a canoe boat hanging, along with other canoe boats made into seating around the restaurant as well.
Thai beer & colouring in by Halle and Daddy.
To the right of our table near the walk way, Yves noticed that there was a Thai alphabet sheet which she loved looking at. Her & halle then starting singing the alphabet! Meanwhile, Phoenix was smiling at the kitchen staff behind us with his cheeky grin (and trying to climb over the seat at times!).
Sharing of drinks & distractions (to stop him climbing over the seat into the kitchen!)
Once the starters arrived we started getting stuck in, I had the Gai satay - delicious marinated chicken with peanut sauce, one of my favourites of thai food (the first photo in this post), Mr T had the tempura prawns, and we also had a try of the tofu wraps.
The children's menu came with a nice healthy alternative of carrot and cucumber sticks which Yves loved as these are two of her favourite things to snack on, the other two weren't convinced even though they tried but they are more fruit lovers as opposed to salady things.
 There mains were delicious, we got them all the grilled chicken option, the girls teamed theirs with noodles, Phoenix had the jasmine rice. It also included steamed broccoli & a choice of sauce. They all went for the BBQ, very tasty! Like any children, we have our fair share of ups & downs with their eating habit, one day they love something and the next they're on food strike or will only eat things that are yellow for example. We've especially found it even trickier with our little boy as he is more of a picky eater who will usually have a good breakfast, snack throughout the day, but 80% of the time goes on 'dinner strike' so for him to enjoy this was a lovely sight.

 The childrens menu also comes with the choice of water, milk or juice and even an ice-lolly for pudding. We thought this was overall a great value for money for the quality of the food. 
For our mains, Ty enjoyed the Geang Phed, A red thai curry for a change as opposed to his usual green curry, he said it was really flavoursome and the ingredients such as the pineapple and cherry tomato chunks complimented it well plus its a healthier option, win win.
I was going to have the chicken massaman but I always have this when eating thai food so I also went for something slightly different in flavour and texture. I went for the Khao Mun Gai Tod, this was fried chicken (reminded me of katsu chicken texture) with coconut rice, salad and a sweet chilli dip. I enjoyed the meal but wish it had more of a main meal sauce to it as opposed to the dipping sauce as the chicken was a bit dry without it. I continued to use my satay peanut sauce from my starter which complimented it well, but overall the food was lovely!
Ty opted for no pudding, but there was no way I was going without one! The desert menu looked really appealing to me and I was sat deciding for a fair few minutes! I was tied between my usual sticky toffee pudding (I 90% have this anywhere we go) that came with Thai whisky ice-cream or a 'Thai bounty' - a chocolate fondant with coconut ice-cream. I went for something different as was definitely glad I chose something new - it was delicious! It even came with a bit of spray cream & warm chocolate sauce drizzled on top too. 
I couldn't leave without sampling one of their hot chocolates too, and it came in this quirky dented looking mug which I loved!

Throughout our evening there, the staff were very kind, friendly and helpful ensuring we were enjoying our food and sparing a couple of minutes to chat to our littles. They even gave us a couple of additional tasters while there too which were also delicious. I love the authentic feel you get when in the restaurant, true to its Thai heritage, the restaurant is buzzing with vibrance, music and even mini singing performances from the staff if someone tells them its their birthday, the kids found this hilarious! The decor is stunning, colourful and eye-catching, something I imagine Thailand is like in the flesh, as told from my Dad who has visited there before. As mentioned above, I have written more about the Thaikhun background before so if you fancy a read just follow the link or visit their website.
On the way home, a spot of cheeky behaviour and faces ;)

I didn't take as many photos of us as I would've liked but in between the toilet dashes, the attempting to climb over the edge of the seat by Master P, we just wanted to try our best to enjoy our meal, our second meal out as a family of six as I think we did pretty well to be honest. We went home with full tummies, funny memories and at least a few pictures of this mouth watering food!
Thank you so much to Thaikhun for our invite, we'll definitely be back!

*Disclosure, We were kindly asked to have a complimentary meal at our local Thaikhun restaurant for the purpose of this review, however all honest thoughts and images are my own.
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