A review of Thaikun in Manchester

We love noodles in our house. We spend way too much time at one of our favourite local noodle places and eat way too many prawn crackers. Even my very fussy Z loves it and so Thai food in general has become a cuisine we really like. So when we were asked if we’d like to review the new Thaikun kids menu we happily went along to it.

The first thing that hits you about Thaikun is the whole atmosphere and decor of the place. It’s so colourful and has some very funky outdoor seating. It’s sheltered nicely so still a good place to sit even on rainy days (which there’s a lot of!). The Manchester one is located in Spinningfields and is just opposite a huge outdoor space filled with benches. It’s always bustling full of people and the atmosphere spills over to Thaikun. It’s not a quiet place so ideal if you love the whole social scene. There’s quieter seating inside if you want a bit more peace and it’s just as decorative inside with a lot of Thai ornaments dotted about. You can spend a bit of time just looking at it all. There’s also a very cute Tuk Tuk outside and I bet every single person has either jumped into it for a photo or secretly wanted to.




We’d originally booked for early evening but as our plans had suddenly changed that day we thought we’d try our luck for an earlier seating. The restaurant was lovely about it and found us a table straight away.

The kids menu comprises of vegetable sticks, one main meal, an ice lolly and a choice of juice or milk. You can choose one of three main meals and each one of those has varying options so it’s a good range for even fussy eaters to pick something they’d like. Z (5 year old) went for the Pad Thai as he likes noodles and didn’t want to eat chicken or rice. You also get bugs with it to test out. We didn’t go for that bit of the meal! I liked how they bring out the kids meals quickly. Slow service with kids food can be a bit stressful when you have two kids with you that don’t want to sit for very long.




We opted from the main menu and got chicken satay, prawn crackers and fish cakes to start. I got a very nice beef noodles for my main, whilst the other half got a steak. The food was delicious and presented really nicely. All sauces come separately which, with my little fuss pots, is perfect as it stops the whole “I didn’t want my sauce on top, I wanted it to the side” whinge.




The only downside is that service became a bit slow once the food was delivered. We had to keep getting the waiters attention if we wanted extra drinks or something else. Usually you find someone comes to check at least once if all is ok after the food arrives. It wasn’t a busy afternoon so not sure what had happened lbut hopefully it’s a one off. If you find yourself around Spinningfields or Deansgate in Manchester craving Thai food, then this is a very good place to try!

This is a review of Thaikun. All opinions are our own.

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  1. Lucy Dorrington August 23, 2016 / 8:39 am

    The food looks lovely and lots of fresh vegetables! This is somewhere I would love to take my son. #TriedTested

  2. Sarah MumofThree World August 23, 2016 / 9:45 am

    This looks right up my street! I’m a big fan of Thai food and I would totally have had to pose in the tuk-tuk. Sauc on the side is a great idea for fussy ones, although sadly my kids are too fussy to go near a Thai restaurant! We don’t usually go to Manchester, so I’ll have to keep my eye out for this in Bristol, Birmingham or London!
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  3. Kim Carberry August 23, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    This looks like such a fun place to eat and the food looks amazing….I am quite hungry now just from looking at it. hehehe x
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  4. Tracey Williams August 24, 2016 / 12:08 pm

    This looks such a fun and vibrant place to eat as a family, and the bugs to test sound errrr interesting. But having a teen this would probably be right up his street. I don’t tend to go for thai when we eat out but it’s always good to try somewhere new. Love the picture of the boys in the tuk tuk, so cute x
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  5. Natalie August 25, 2016 / 4:54 pm

    Oh wow this looks amazing! I have never taken the girls to a Thai restaurant before as they are so fussy but I am tempted to try! ps – I didn’t realise you were from Manchester way! #triedandtested

  6. HodgePodgeDays August 28, 2016 / 1:51 pm

    The food looks really lovely. I adore Thai food and I’ve often walked past the Spinningfields restaurant and wondered how it was. I love the sauces on the side thing too, kids can be so fussy!

    Lovely review. I’ll give it a try sometime 🙂

  7. Julia @ Rainbeaubelle September 9, 2016 / 6:27 am

    I just went to a Thai street food restaurant in Leeds called Zapp and it looks really similar, they had tuk tuks as well! So cool. And the food and service were excellent. I will look out for this next time I’m in Manchester! x

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