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13 posts categorized "[Food] Cuisine: THAI Food in Manila"

Friday, January 13, 2012

NAV Modern Thai Cuisine Reunion

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Here's another restaurant worth checking out in the Brgy. Kapitolyo Food Street: Nav Modern Thai Cuisine. :) The place is run by the Naval brothers (hence the name) and Chef Francis Lim (my cousin-in-law) who used to work in People's Palace.

Nav serves modern Thai cuisine that is suited to the Filipino taste (read: preference for sweeter dishes). We celebrated my wife's LIM family reunion in Nav, so we got very good recommendations on what to order here...

Kapitolyo Food Street Series:

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dek A: Authentic Thai Hole-in-the-Wall Resto in Makati

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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...

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Thai Dara

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I am on a constant lookout for cheap Thai finds, and another one opened along Granada St. in Greenhills. This street is notorious for having the record of the most promising restaurants closing down in less than a year's time. With difficult parking space, a view of bumper-to-bumper traffic, and a sign that you can barely see when you are driving down the street, Thai Dara is determined to break this "curse" with authentic Thai dishes at affordable prices.

Owned by a Thai Chef who manages the restaurant but delegated the day-to-day cooking to a Pinoy cook, Thai Dara has most people raving about their Thai soups. The rest of the menu is at par with most of the cheap Thai places around. If you are craving for Thai food in the Greenhills area, this is the place to eat.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Khao Pad (Formerly U.P. Thai Canteen)

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A lot of U.P. Foodies were thrilled to see the former U.P. Thai Canteen open in Ortigas Home Depot early this year. Most people thought that Mommy Thai (as the owner was fondly called by U.P. students) closed the resto for good in 2006 after moving twice outside of the campus. I finally had the chance to try it in its current home near Starbucks in Ortigas Home Depot.

They have a simple line pricing menu -- all the small dishes (good for one person) are P70, while the large dishes (good for 2-3 persons) are priced at P140.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Thai Pad, Hole-in-the-Wall Reincarnation of SukhoThai

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Check out Thai Pad Menu (Bigger Version)

Most of us regarded SukhoThai as the standard of Thai food in the Philippines. When it closed down in the malls due to high overhead costs, we felt some sadness in our hearts. For a few months now, SukhoThai was reincarnated as Thai Pad in Marvin Plaza (where Canon Service center is located) along Pasong Tamo. At first, I was skeptical every time I see Thai Pad when I send my Canon 20d for repairs. I thought, oh no, not another one of those Thai restaurant wannabes. If they are really SukhoThai, why change the name?

Here are some stories that I heard about Thai Pad. The SukhoThai chef got sick and had to leave SukhoThai. Eventually, he setup his Som's hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Rockwell and eventually along N. Garcia. While Thai Pad, reinvented their concept to be more hole-in-the-wall setup which means, basic ambiance and affordable prices (around P100 only). It is owned by the same owner and uses the SukhoThai recipe except that their chefs are the "sous" chefs of the original SukhoThai chef. So expect same SukhoThai quality (I felt it was diluted) at 50% serving size and 50% the price.

Even if we felt the food is not as rich as before and the ingredients are kinda diluted, I would still recommend Thai Pad if you are craving for Thai comfort food. Although, Som's is the clear winner between the two in every Thai food aspect except for the Pad Thai. For some reason, Som's Pad Thai does not taste as good as Thai Pad's Pad Thai (I wanted to say that :).

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Som's Noodle House - cheap authentic version of SukhoThai
Som's Noodle House

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