Dek A is now my favorite authentic Thai restaurant in Manila. Dek means young and A stands for number 1 in class (as in Grade A).
Feb, who owns and runs the restaurant, is half-Filipina and half-Thai. Although she lives in Thailand with her Filipina mom, they decided to open a restaurant in Manila. You might ask, "What makes the restaurant authentic?" Well, they have a Thai cook AND their ingredients are sourced from Thailand every other week.
The days of affordable but mediocre Thai food in the metro are over. :) You have to check out Dek A in Makati...
Dek A is a small, horizontal restaurant that can accommodate 22 people only. They are just renting space from a second-hand car shop along Vito Cruz extension. Orchid ornaments are found on each table, and the walls are decorated with artistic photographs taken by the young owner.
Just lower your expectations regarding the ambiance and the restroom facilities of the place since it is a hole-in-the-wall type of resto.
The a la carte dishes cost around P200 per order and they have a Thai lunch set for P150 only. (Note: only the lunch sets are available for lunch.)
There are al fresco tables and an outside kitchen where they assemble the Thai chicken noodle soup.
Their chicken noodle soup is a bit different from the norm since they add lime and a special sauce to it. This one is very fast to order, so you can have it as a starter for your meal.
Tom Yum (Spicy Shrimp/Salmon Head Soup - P250/half order). Popular, classical Thai Spicy Lemon Grass Soup with Shrimp, Mushroom, Chili Paste and Lime Juice.
This dish best exemplifies how I like my Tom Yum -- a bit spicy, not too oily, with lots of shrimps, and has a good mix of contrasting flavors. Plus, the soup stays hot in the clay pot. The half order is good for 2-3 persons.
The place is not that kid-friendly, though. If the kids whine, the whole restaurant will be disturbed. The tables are light and easily moved when bumped. Be careful with the condiments too, so don't let the kids play near them.
The boys loved playing with the triangular pillows. It was a good thing then that there were no other diners around, besides us, when we ate.
Pad Thai (P180). Special Thai Style Noodles with Chicken, Prawns, Bean Sprouts, Spring Onion, Egg and Ground Peanuts.
The Pad Thai's sahog overpowers the few strands of noodles. But I did like the overall balance of its sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavors.
The kids loved it! The Kao Pad is soft (like risotto) and has a colorful mix of ingredients (like the ever-popular Yang Chow Fried Rice).
Gang Kiaw Wan (P200). A traditional Thai Chicken Green Curry using fresh green chili and cooked in coconut milk with aubergines, lime leaves, sweet basil leaves and vegetables.
This dish has a generous serving of chicken and is good for 2-4 persons. I like their curry because it is not too thick, not too oily, not too sweet, and the coconut taste is not too intense.
Authentic Thai ingredients - check!
Thai Cook in the kitchen - check!
Affordable and good value for money - check!
A young and lovely Filipina/Thai owner with a Thai accent - check!
What more can you ask for?
The best place for affordable, authentic Thai food in Manila :)
Dek A Authentic Thai Food
245 Pablo Ocampo Road (Vito Cruz Ext.) corner Flor Deliz, Makati City
(right across Caltex Gas Station in Vito Cruz Ext. corner Sampaloc St.)
Monday to Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Telephone Number: +632 500 5933
Live an Awesome Life,
Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. I'm not related to, connected with or compensated in any way by the restaurant featured in this blog post. I'm not connected with, compensated by, or represented by any PR firm. Please report any PR firm claiming to have connections with OAP.
P.S. Feb said that she loves Thai Patio and Benjarong Dusit for authentic Thai cuisine in Manila.
P.P.S. Thanks to Ada for the foodie tip!:)