Thaikhun, one of the UK’s leading Thai restaurants, is set to open a new street food style restaurant later this month in The Trafford Centre.
With restaurants already located across nine different cities across the UK, including Newcastle, Oxford, Southampton and Glasgow, the Thaikhun team have picked The Trafford Centre to be home to the next generation of Thaikhun restaurants, making it the first of its kind to have a buffet offering.
Forget your average Asian buffet, Thaikhun likes to do things differently and the first buffet restaurant will be no different, with the vision to bring a taste of Thailand to The Trafford Centre.
The Thaikhun Street restaurant will open on 26th September with an array of launch celebrations. As part of the opening, the restaurant will welcome a Thai Monk blessing – an important Buddhist tradition that brings luck, purification, peace and prosperity, as well as various introductory deals and offers.
Traditional Thai décor will feature throughout including; tuk tuk tables, boat seats and even a Buddhist shrine, for staff to worship. Main menus will vary daily, offering all the Thai classics from Pad Thai and Lamb Massaman, to the legendary Khao Soi Gai soup. The 144-cover restaurant will serve up all the Thai classics in a buffet style format, paired with carefully selected beers, wines and cocktails. The restaurant will also have a fully equipped dessert station including; chocolate fountain, ice cream machine, popcorn machine and slushie machine.
Speaking about the new restaurant, owner, Kim Kaewkraikhot, said: “At Thaikhun we do things differently and don’t conform to the norm when it comes to making incredible Thai food that appeals to everyone. At our first of its kind buffet restaurant, we will offer customers the freedom to make the experience their own by picking exactly what they want and in their own time.
“We are passionate about providing an excellent quality experience with a combination of top-class food and unrivalled customer service. Thaikhun means ‘Your Thai’ which mirrors the teams’ aim to take guests on their very own journey across the world to the Khao San Road.
“Every recipe on the menu can be found at real Thai street vendors and it’s with these authentic touches that we aim to deliver a taste of Thailand to our customers, helping them fall in love with the cuisine, just like we have. Whilst the menu will consist of some firm favourites, we are excited to bring a new and exciting spin to Thai dining, with the opportunity for our guests to enjoy a variety of different dishes and flavours every time they visit.
“Our attitude is all geared towards creating a fun and inclusive environment for our customers to enjoy great food, and The Trafford Centre will be no different. We are looking forward to having a new customer base that will join our Thaikhun journey.”
Ahead of its official opening, the restaurant has partnered with food app, Too Good to Go, to tackle food waste in the city. This service will provide customers the opportunity to buy a “magic bag” containing food that would have otherwise gone to way. The bags will feature surplus products for a reduced rate (starting from £4 per box), and is part of the team’s efforts to reduce unnecessary food waste.
Thaikhun Street is located in The Trafford Centre and will be open seven days a week, serving lunch, dinner and drinks. To celebrate the opening, the team will be offering all diners a bounce-back card for £5 off their next visit, which will be valid until end of October.
For more information on Thaikhun Street and The Trafford Centre opening, visit: https://www.thaikhun.co.uk/ or follow: @Thaikhun on Instagram to keep up to date on the latest news.
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