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A little piece of Thailand in the heart of Aberdeen

In 2014 I met a and lived with a girl from Thailand while we were both studying for our masters. Shortly afterwards I tried Thai food for the first time and absolutely loved it. It is because of this that I was excited to try the food on offer at Thaikhun this coming restaurant week.

Upon first entering Thaikhun you immediately feel like you have been transported out of Aberdeen and into the streets of Thailand. From the decor of the restaurant to the amazing smells coming from the open kitchen you wouldn’t think that the shops of union square are just meters away.

Dining with my friend we are both immediately looking forward to some cocktails which are only £5. I decided to try the full moon while my friend goes for one of her favourites – Pina colada.

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While we are waiting on our drinks we purview the menu that Thaikhun will be offering on ARW. Thaikhun are offering a two-course meal for £10 or a three-course meal for £20. On looking at the menu I immediately can see a mixture of traditional Thai dishes that have my mouth watering. We both instantly decided on sampling the pork dumplings and spring rolls to start.

The dumplings are juicy and packed full of flavour while the spring rolls are light, airy and tasty. It doesn’t take either of us long to demolish the dishes barely remembering to take a photo before we start.

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While waiting on our mains we decide to have another cocktail. For myself I decided to go for a coconut cream mojito while Nicola orders a pornstar martini served with a shot of prosecco. The mojito is refreshing and the mint acts like the perfect palate cleanser.

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Next up we are served out mains – chicken pad Thai and crispy pork belly. I am a massive pad Thai fan and Thaikhun in Union Square make a killer one! It was so tasty, and I ended up going back the following week with another friend to have it again.

The crispy pork belly is great for those who love a bit of spice but don’t want your mouth burnt. In typical Thai tradition they have blended the spices just right so that you get both heat and flavour. This dish is lush!

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For desert I decided to try the coconut milk rice pudding while Nicola went for the banana fritters with ice cream and butterscotch. If your feeling full after dinner the coconut milk rice pudding is perfect as it is light and smooth. While it may look plain it is packed full of creamy flavour. If you have the room though then go for the banana fritters as judging by Nicolas face – she was in dessert nirvana.

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Overall Thaikhun provides you with an authentic dining experience. The food is fresh and tasty, and the service is top notch. The great thing about this little gem of a restaurant is that it is for everyone. It doesn’t matter if your looking for an intimate dining experience, a place to gather as friends to catch up, a location to celebrate something great or simply someone with a touch of wanderlust with a love or desire for the east. – Thaikhun is for you. Don’t miss out on their fantastic restaurant week menu!

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