By Isabel Martel Francisco
July 14, 2021
If you’re craving Thai food or just want a spice-filled trip, look no further than these restaurants
Thailand is a nation with a beautifully rich history, filled with royal histories, intricate cultural nuances, spectacular products, breathtaking traditions, and an overwhelming amount of notable local craftsmen and talent.
One facet that has stood out about Thailand around the world is the country’s bold, colorful and spicy cuisine. As one of the street food capitals of the world, it is known for its bustling markets full of stalls serving wild local specialties, sticky candies, handmade noodles, hearty meals and refreshing sips. . Every step one takes in the streets of Thailand is sure to introduce a tempting new scent.
Thai cuisine is so appealing because of the intensity of its unique very sour notes, mixed with hints of salty, salty and sweet from the many platters, side dishes, and dip sauces shared. Eating a full Thai meal can be overwhelming with such a cacophony of flavors, but it’s still super-satisfying.
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Through Benjarong, you will discover a fusion of traditional flavors that come to life thanks to the modern culinary techniques at the work of the chefs of Dusit Thani. The hotel is actually a Thai brand known for its signature hospitality. Bursting with authentic, crisp, bold and vibrant flavors, every dish on Benjarong’s menu is true to the culture’s royal roots. With quality as the first priority, diners feel pampered from start to finish.
Chef Watcharaphon “Ja” Yongbanthom, with over a decade in this industry, lives and breathes Thai cuisine. She has cooked for a variety of hotels and resorts around the world and has even been on Iron Chef Thailand. Today, she takes pride in her contemporary touches to this classic kitchen.
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Chef J and Malou Gamboa have loved food their entire lives. These siblings have remained a force to be reckoned with in the Filipino food scene for a very long time. From Milkyway to El Cirkulo, Tsukiji and Azuthai, one thing remains true – great food. Known for their home-style Thai cuisine, Azuthai ensures that every bite brings heartwarming memories of past travels. Bangkok-native chef Watee concocts delicious treats filled with Thailand’s magical spice treasure. Feast on a crispy duck salad, a crispy soft shell crab, or a whole boneless steamed Apahap with lime.
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Run by one of our country’s great restaurateurs and chefs, Colin MacKay, the People’s Palace is a strong and beloved figure in our culinary landscape for good reason. The flavors on her menu have been altered to suit a more Filipino palate, toning down some of Thailand’s most potent spices and nuances, but without fail, every order wins the hearts and stomachs of diners. For me, they have the best pomelo salad in town. This restaurant has become a watering hole, due to the way its food has been repeatedly associated with first-rate memories and moments of friendship. This is an establishment that will not go anywhere anytime soon.
Located in the once bustling streets of Poblacion, Crying Tiger prides itself on its affordable and delicious Thai street food. For BGC residents, a brand new outpost will open in Food District Signature’s On 5th dining hall, where you can expect a focus on Bangkok’s street fried chicken. When you order from Crying Tiger, don’t miss their moo ping (grilled pork), Thai omelets or Asian grilled calamari. Run by the Mexicali group’s Mabanta family, who are also responsible for Señor Pollo, El Chupacabra and more, it’s no wonder Crying Tiger has picked up its pace.
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Chef Reginal Prospero is the culinary mastermind behind the famous Krapow. This hole in the wall in Poblacion is known for its Thai street food that doesn’t shy away from spices – it definitely brings heat. The restaurant has daily rotating menus with specialties in addition to the irresistible classics. Inspired by the culture of Thai hawkers, these foodies don’t give up on authentic Thai flavors. While you’re at it, order the khao mun gay tod (Hainan fried chicken rice), pad krapow mo sub (ground pork with holy basil), or moo krob pad prik king (crispy pork with sautéed red curry).
The beautiful interiors of the Mango Tree only complement its food. Their approach to uplifting casual dining welcomes guests to an inviting space, filled with the calming and tempting aroma of Thai cuisine. Mango Tree is run by Chef Siwat Korsem who has been cooking Thai dishes for over 27 years. His goal? To ensure that every guest experiences the intricate nature of each dish, further appreciating the foods of many layers and details. They take inspiration from the four main regions of Thailand to weave their own tasty history.
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Khao Kai is a great fried chicken, but don’t expect your usual South American fried chicken with a thick layer of batter. This Thai fried chicken is more subtle and is perfectly browned, with a crispy skin on a juicy, juicy meat and rubbed with a blend of spices that will keep you coming back for more. Chicken isn’t the only thing on the menu. Here you can experience dishes from all over Thailand, such as some dishes from the north, center and south that are loved by locals but perhaps less well known in the world. Interestingly, this Poblacion favorite also belongs to the Manbanta group.
Chef Thitid ‘Ton’ Tassanakajohn brings his perspective and skills to The Grid, eager to feed us hungry diners. This young talent is behind Le Du and Baan in Bangkok and yet has found a way to devote his time and culinary talent to developing local Thai flavors for Filipino foodies. His goal is simple: to offer us here the authentic flavors of the food he so often eats at home. No compromise, no change. His concept of the first food hall got off to a good start and is only gaining more and more fans over the days.
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This home cook has caught the attention of Thai food lovers across the subway. Some even say she cooks the best pad thai never! Smoked duck with red curry simmered in coconut with pineapple and cherry tomatoes, to bagoong fried rice with tom yum goong, every menu item is a winner. Each item is beautifully packaged so that they are all delivered well and are sure to reach every guest’s home in perfect condition.
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This chef joined the popular weekend markets in Legaspi village and even had a stall at the food court in Philam Tower, cooking up fragrant Thai dishes and bursts of flavor. Thai Chef Aof Suwannalert trained with Chef Sombat Prongthong of Blue Elephant and worked in Manila with Chef Sau Del Rosario. She eventually created her own concept, Chang Thai, specializing in authentic Thai cuisine, with the flavors of her home. What makes each dish more meaningful is that it is always cooked by the AOM chef herself. If you are looking for a satisfying meal, give Chang Thai a call as they do food delivery, pickup, catering, bazaars, weekend markets and more.
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Nara will take you on a culinary journey, as your taste buds explore a plethora of flavors across the menu. The restaurant is popular for its boat noodles, a classic dish that’s a staple in Thailand that locals can’t live without. Nara takes pride in combining tradition with fine ingredients in a contemporary soothing atmosphere where they welcome diners to eat away at their worries. The ultimate goal is to make authentic Thai cuisine accessible. They aim to give anyone who orders a meal the best of this historic cuisine.
Lately, private club Manila House hired a brand new Thai chef and has since expanded their menu offering. Chef Piya Suthasiri has cooked in luxury resorts around the world and now brings his expertise to our shores. Manila House’s new menu can be ordered for delivery or you can enjoy a lovely outdoor dining experience on-site.
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