When In Manila, when someone asks you what are you having for lunch or dinner, the most straight forward way to answer that ( given that you’re craving for Thai food too) is “at Just Thai”. As its name suggests, its simply just the best Thai restaurant in Manila that serves authentic Thai dishes.
And here are the reasons why. Upon entering Just Thai, your eyes can feast on the details of Thailand, all items hand picked by the owners on their travels to this exotic country. It sets the mood for a great dining experience.
For appetizers you can get Pla Muk Tod which is fried calamari Php 320. If you’re concerned about the kids when eating at a Thai resto, this is one dish that they will like.
Or Poh Piah Tod (Php 260) which is crisp and cruncy Thail Spring Rolls.
A must try salad is the Yam Neua (Php 350) which is beef salad. Thin slices of beef tossed with fresh vegetables perfect for a hot day for light lunch.
And who could go wrong with an all-time favorite Yum Pla Dook Foo (Php 300) Crispy Catfish with Green Mango. The first time I tasted this years ago I went nuts with all the textures and flavors going on yet all blending well together. Perfect for beer too.
Instead of the usual Tom Yun soup why not try the Tom Kha Gai (Php 190) which is chicken in coconut. Its a silky aromatic soup. If you’re a fan of coconut, chicken soup and creamy soups, this will definitely be a win.
The Lemongrass juice I swear has got to be one great refreshing drink to pair with all these dishes. They also serve Tamarind juice too.
Gai Ob Bai Toey (Php 290) is pandan-wrapped chicken. Think of boneless chicken cutlets marinated in sauces and spices, wrapped in aromatic pandan leaves and fried until crisp and browned. These nuggets are so flavorful they don’t need a dipping sauce and they are great as finger food or served with rice as a main dish.
Pad Thai (Php 280). Stir fried noodle dish commonly served as as a street food and casual local eateries in Thailand. Its listed number 5 on World’s 50 most delicious food reader’s poll (complied by CNN Go). Made popular in Thailand in World War 2, it has become one of the country’s national dishes.
Pad Gaprow Talay (Php 280) is seafood in Basil. I love seafood so I love this! Still in that creamy coconut sauce, the mixture of mussels, prawns and squid along with the basil make up for some serious yumminess.
Crabmeat Fried Rice (Php 220). This is the king of fried rice. The quality of the crab determines how good crab fried rice can be. And this is goooood.
Bagoong lovers get Bagoong rice.
Pla Rad Prik (Php 395) crispy fillet of fresh tilapia with sweet chili or tamarind sauce.
Khao Niao Ma Muang (Php 260) fresh mango over sticky rice. This luscious dessert is presented in such a delightful way, its sweet and rich is a perfect way to finish your Thai meal.
Tha Ko (Php 140) Coconut Pudding. Wrapped in pandan leaves it is creamy and very soft.
And what is any meal without coffee, served Thai way.
Generally the ambiance is great, the food is too, you are able to personally adjust the spiciness of your food with on the table spices and you walk out of Just Thai getting that true Thai cuisine experience.
There are some headpieces in the restaurant to try on too. My mom was visiting so we thought of bringing her here – she enjoyed putting on the crown and looking like a queen – says she’ll show it to her friends back in the US. Oh and the hubby looked quirky in his Thai hat too. Perfect for an instagram post!
Just Thai caters too – complete with Thai tablecloths, accent decors & wait staff. So if you want to have a Thai party, just contact Just Thai to impress your guests with Thai Cuisine at its best.
When In Manila, what are you waiting for, you have a seat waiting for you at Just Thai.