The lovely Martthida Ritthinarong (simply known as Feb), owner of Dek A, finally responded to the customers' clamor for bigger space and better ambiance, but still serving authentic, home-cooked Thai food. Dek A opened its second branch as a cozy resto hidden somewhere in Makati, near Rockwell.
It's a good place to hang out with friends over good, unpretentious Thai food and Singha beer. :)
Check out our Dek A 2nd Branch experience as we also tried out the new items in the menu:
Dek A: Authentic Thai Hole-in-the-Wall Resto in Makati (Original Branch)
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.
Dek A Authentic Thai Food (Original Branch)
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
The New DEK A (Second Branch)
DEK A NEW MENU:
Daily Menu (A1 to A4)| Daily Menu (A5-A8) | Daily Menu (A9-B2) | Salad (B3-B5) | Today Special (B7-B10) | Main Thai Dishes (C1 to C4) | Main Thai Dishes (C5 to C7) | Special Fried Rice | Vegetarian Menu | Beverages
There are two types of soup: the usual Tom Yum, which is the spicy lemon grass soup, and...
...the milky version using coconut milk. Both are yummy and served hot. Go for the Tom Kha Gai if you want to try a different kind of soup other than Tom Yum.
My Mercato Partner RJ was glad there's a Vegetarian Menu option...
He was able to request for vegetarian versions of the Tom Yum and the Pad Thai. You pay extra P10 to make this Pad Thai vegetarian.
One of the best dishes I tried in the new menu was the shrimp with scrambled egg that absorbed the yellow curry flavor. It was very spicy (just the way I like it!) and went perfectly with rice.
They now have more rice options in the menu (Special Fried Rice) but I'll stick to the best seller, which is the Basil Leaves Fried Rice with its chunks of meat and full flavors. You can actually eat it on its own.
Here's a different take on sweet and spicy fish using tamarind. The fried dory was a bit tough on the outside though, but the sweet flavoring was enough to win us over.
This dish had a more tangy taste, which helped balance the sweetness of the other dishes.
This dish was not that popular at our table, probably because of the smell or aftertaste of the bamboo.
Their Thai Iced Tea version is good but request for less ice.
To complete the Thai experience, you could opt to order Singha Beer (P130).
Overall, I love the improved Thai-inspired ambiance of this branch of Dek A. It's a place where you can really bring friends to hang out. The food is still yummy, with new dishes you can try. The serving sizes are usually good to share and ideal for family-style serving. Budget P400/head.
It is still on soft opening, so a lot of things need to be done with the look and feel of the place. If you are bringing a group, better reserve and request for Feb's presence.
DEK A AUTHENTIC THAI FOOD
5955 Fermina St. corner Enriquez St., Kalayaan Avenue, Poblacion, Makati City
Telephone: +632 500-5933
Mobile: +63 915 878 5767
Facebook: DekA Authentic Thai Food
Operating Hours: 5.00pm to 11.00pm daily
Note: Cash Only for now.
The Parking is along Fermina or Enriquez Street.
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P.S. Here's the map to the new DEK A.
If you are coming from Rockwell, drive straight to Rockwell Drive and turn right on Kalayaan Avenue. Turn right into Fermina St. (which is the street before Coco Cabana).