Sunday, May 27, 2012

Weekend Food Tripping at: Thaipan

It was my best friend's birthday last May 24th, I haven't seen her for months so I was quite excited when I received a call from her husband asking if we could come for a small surprise gathering on the day of her birthday!  

I said "yes" right away!  We thought of a nice, quiet restaurant were they can offer good food (good enough for a pregnant woman's taste buds!  My best friend is pregnant by the way.) so I went in and ask my equally food-lover friend Sophie for suggestions and after the deliberation with the husband of my best friend,  we ended up with Thaipan. :)

I've tried Thaipan once during a launch for an accessory line called Le Papillon last year.  (Read post HERE).  I am impressed with the "homey" feel of the restaurant and the good service of the waiters.

Khong Waang Thai
Php340.00 (approx $7.90)
A platter of Thaipan's bestselling chicken satay, crispy chrimp pastry, 
fried spring rolls and grilled pork.  
This appetizer came in with 3 different sauces and we all voted for the vinegar with peanut and chili!  We loved this appetizer so much we ordered for second round.

Tung Tong
Php240.00 (approx $5.60)
Crispy shrimp pastry with plums sauce
A winner!  I've tried this during the launch and can't forget about this so I'm glad this was served on our table!  I think I had two?  I can't even remember!  All I know was that I was nodding with glee! *laughs*

 Khao Khluk Kapi
Php310.00 (approx $7.20)
Fried rice with shrimp paste (bagoong) 
served with sweet pork and green mango julienne
 There were 2 types of rice ordered (another one is the Khao Pad Kai/Moo - a Thai style fried rice with chicken or pork, served with egg.) But check out the favoritism!  *laughs*  Sorry, I love their Bagoong rice so much I forgot to take a photo of the other rice!  Very flavorful and the different ingredients blended well without the overpowering shrimp paste taste!  A must try if you're a fan of bagoong!

Yam Plaa Dook Foo
Php290.00 (approx $6.75)
Crispy catfish with mango julienne salad  
 As recommended by OCMOMManila via Twitter, I picked this one and liked it!  I love mangoes and I love the crunchy catfish!  

Phat Phrik King Moo
Php275.00 (approx $6.40)
Spicy stir fried pork and yard long beans
 The twisted beans look unique and I love the right amount of spicy taste of the pork!  Tender pork tastes so good on every bite!  Perfect with your choice of rice!


 Pla Lad Prik Sam Ros 
Php310.00 (approx $7.20) 
 Fillet of fish deep fried with tamarind chili sauce
 Reminded me so much of the Sweet and Sour fish fillet from Chinese restaurants!  The Chili sauce made a huge difference on making it tastes like real Thai Food!  Dory fish strips fried to perfection!  

Gai Hor Bai Toey 
Php340.00 (approx $7.90) 
5 pcs., chicken in pandan leaves
 I've tried a lot of Chicken in Pandan leaves that leaves the chicken meat dry and hard to swallow!  This version from Thaipan is different, the chicken has a lot of meat yet it's soft and juicy on the inside!

Banana Fritters in Caramel Sauce
Php190.00 (approx $4.40)
Served with coconut ice cream 
 I'm not a fan of anything with coconut so I gave the ice cream a skip and tasted on the banana fritters!  I'm in banana heaven!  With a tiny amount of caramel sauce mixed with the sweet tasting banana fritters blends into the mouth like fireworks!

Overall, I had a wonderful experience in this restaurant.  Thaipan accepts reservations.  Payment can be made in cash or credit card.  10% service charge will be included in the bill.  The restaurant is clean, quiet and very comfortable to relax with friends, family and your loved ones!  

120 Sct. Dr. Lazcano St.
Tomas Morato, QC, Manila
(next to Bagoong Club)
tel no: (632) 352-4926

If you're living in the Philippines, have you tried Thaipan?
What's your favorite Thai restaurant to date?

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. i miss satay and chicken pandan :(

  2. waaah! chicken satay!! do you think they have mango and sticky rice there too?


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