Note: This restaurant is already closed.
Thai food is one of my beloved cuisines. I fell so deeply in love with the country and the food that I have traveled to Thailand twice for the past three years. I have learned to cook the most popular Thai dishes, however, I still love eating out and exploring Thai restaurants in the metro.
I have first visited this resto a few years ago and was really impressed, and I am glad to be invited this time to try more dishes.
We started with Mieng Kham (Php 185), a traditional Thai appetizer with ingredients representing each flavor of Thai cuisine. We also had Pomelo Salad (Php 330), with chicken, shrimp, and garlic flakes tossed in a spicy dressing.
For soups, we had the Tom Yum Kung (Php 395) and Tom Khaa Kai (Php 298).
|Tom Yum Kung|
|Tom Khaa Kai|
Tom Yum Kung is a hot and sour broth with prawns while Tom Khaa Kai is chicken and galangal in coconut cream soup. I appreciate that the dishes are cooked according to the spiciness level of your choice: mild, medium, or spicy.
For chicken dishes, we got to try the Thai Chicken Curry (Php 338) and Pandan Chicken (Php 375).
|Thai Chicken Curry|
The Pandan Chicken is amazingly flavorful and juicy. I found the Thai Chicken Curry creamy and delicious. I highly recommend both dishes.
Miss Cora, the head chef and one of the owners, took the time to share with us how she developed the recipes on the menu. She is quite welcoming to feedback by guests and always makes sure that the dishes served in Thaipan are of good quality, if not better than most Thai restaurants.
Other delicious dishes we had is the Cinnamon Pork Ribs (Php 385), Fish Tamarind (Php 330), Soft Shell Crab in Black Pepper Sauce (Php 405) and Stir-Fried Squid and Shrimp (Php 345).
|Cinnamon Pork Ribs|
|Stir-Fried Squid and Shrimp|
The Fish Tamarind looks quite simple but is packed with flavors from the tamarind chili sauce. The flavors from the other dishes are more complicated but deliver perfectly, especially the Stir-Fried Squid and Shrimp.
We wouldn't leave Thaipan without trying their Phad Thai Noodles (Php 330) and their Thai-style Fried Rice (Php 295).
|Phad Thai Noodles|
|Thai-Style Fried Rice|
I judge a Thai restaurant with their Pad Thai, and I am seriously impressed with Thaipan's Phad Thai Noodles. Covered in a beautiful egg net, their Phad Thai Noodles took me back to the streets of Bangkok, where I enjoyed authentic Pad Thai.
A meal on its own, the Thai-Style Fried Rice is served with chicken, egg, and spicy fish sauce. I'll be okay with this fried rice and nothing more.
For desserts, we had the Ta Koh Sakhoo (Php 205) and the classic Sticky Rice with Mango (Php 198), along with Lemongrass Juice (Php 75).
|Ta Koh Sakhoo|
|Sticky Rice with Mango|
I like the simplicity of the Ta Koh Sakhoo but I'll be forever a fan of Sticky Rice with Mango, served with really sweet mango slices complemented by the coconut cream. I was a bit sad that they don't have Thai Iced Coffee but I was pleased with the Lemongrass Juice.
No other word is more fitting to describe my experience with Thaipan but amazing. There is not a dish I didn't like but I have a few favorites: Phad Thai Noodles, Fish Tamarind, Stir-Fried Squid, and Shrimp.
I'm looking forward to visiting Thaipan and have a taste of authentic Thai dishes again soon.
Thanks to Thaipan for having us.
120 Scout Dr. Lazcano Street,