JUST THAI. A closer take on authentic Thai dishes in Metro Manila.

Where to look for a tasty Tom Yum and Pad Thai in Metro Manila? The answer, Just Thai!

 

JUST THAI. A closer take on authentic Thai dishes in Metro Manila.
JUST THAI. A closer take on authentic Thai dishes in Metro Manila.

We fell in love with Thai dishes even before our first Thailand trip last year and it grew even more as we learned Thai culture, as well as the appreciation for their great food. That is why when we got invited to a food tasting event at Just Thai in Burgos Circle, we confirmed to join a bunch of food bloggers on a Tuesday evening.

Much as we wanted to share all our appreciation to the food that were served, we decided to give more emphasis to two popular Thai dishes that we truly like, Tom Yum and Pad Thai 

To compare these two original Thai dishes from the ones we had in Thailand would not be appropriate considering the place and taste is all authentic back in Thailand. But one great thing about Just Thai is that their dishes come close to what we are looking for.

Tom Yum is a sweet, spiced and sour soup very popular in Thailand. In fact, so popular you must not forget to include this on your gastronomic adventure whenever you’re in the Kingdom. Just Thai’s take on Tom Yum is near to perfection that we are giving it a score of 4.5 (5 to be the highest) on our scale. 

Why only 4.5? As much as it is almost perfect, there seem to be missing in the flavors. Although we appreciate that in Just Thai, you can choose the level of spiciness from No-Spice, Mild Spice to Super Spice, one of the key flavors was barely noticeable on our taste buds. We tried both the Mild and Super Spice but the sourness of their Tom Yum failed to sting. I told Kenny, Social Media Manager for Just Thai and a blogger for lifeiskulayful.com, that a certain amount of sourness is lacking. To be honest, it lacks the ‘kilig factor’ that we are looking for. Good thing that Kenny acknowledged our comment. Other than that, it was surprisingly good!

JUST THAI. No-spice Tom Yum.
JUST THAI. No-spice Tom Yum.
JUST THAI. Super spiced Tom Yum.
JUST THAI. Super spiced Tom Yum.


Pad Thai. Next to Tom Yum, it’s the Pad Thai that we are always excited whenever we go to a Thai themed restaurant or in hotel buffet stations. For Just Thai’s version, we’ll give it a perfect score of 5. All the right amount and level of flavors are mixed perfectly of their Pad Thai. Serving is good for 2-3 persons to share. Mind you. Just Thai’s Pad Thai is not a so-so.

PAD THAI. Noodles is perfectly cooked and mixed with right ingredients.
PAD THAI. Noodles is perfectly cooked and mixed with right ingredients.


All the food that were served to us has genuine taste and far from being just a copy-cat or trying hard to be one of the Thai restaurants in town. We had a good conversation that night during the gathering which means that the food were awesomely good!

Other food dishes served during the food tasting bloggers night were:

Poh Piah Tod Php 260.

POH PIAH TOD. Thai Fried Spring Rolls.
POH PIAH TOD. Thai Fried Spring Rolls.

Yum Pla Dool Foo Salad Php 300 – A mixed of crispy Catfish flakes with Green Mango.

Yum Pla Dook Foo.
Yum Pla Dook Foo.

Khai Luuk Khoei Php 170 – Crispy hard boiled egg with sweet-spicy tamarind sauce.

Khai Luuk Khoei.
Khai Luuk Khoei.

Som Tam Php 210 –  Green Papaya Salad.

Som Tam.
Som Tam.

Ghaeng Phet Php 430 – Beef in Red Curry.

Gai Ob Bai Toey  Php 290 – Pandan Chicken.

Khao Krok Kapi  Php 250Bagoong Rice.

Crab-meat Fried Rice Php 220.

Gaeng Leuang  Php 260 – Vegetable and Tofu in Yellow Curry.

Bplah Pla Muek Krati  Php 300 – Squid in Garlic and Pepper.

Pad Thai Php 280.

Moo Sam Chan Yang Php 290 – Grilled pork with Tamarind sauce.

Pad Pak Boong Php 190 – Kangkong with bagoong.

Soup:

Tom Kha Gai Php 190 –  Chicken soup.

Tom Yum Php 190 – Hot and Sour soup.

Dessert:

Tha Kho Php 140 – Maja Blanca type of dessert.

Tha Kho.
Tha Kho.

Khao Niaow Ma Muang Php 260 – Fresh Mango on top of Sticky Rice .

Khao Niaow Ma Muang.
Khao Niaow Ma Muang.

Just Thai in Burgos Circle is located at Forbestown Strip inside Bonifacio Global City and just a 15- 20 minute ride from Makati City. We can say that Just Thai has a great ambiance with good pricing and great selections of menu. The food tasting event was even more special because we were joined by 1994 Bb. Pilipinas-International Alma Concepcion who was with her son, Kobe. Our meal were blessed by Alma through a simple and short prayer that she delivered.

Beauty queen and actress Alma Concepcion together with son, Kobe.
Beauty queen and actress Alma Concepcion together with son, Kobe.

By the way, Just Thai also has the best Thai Iced Tea (Php 80), Thai Brewed Coffee (Php 120), and Tamarind Juice (Php 80).

Just Thai also has a branch in Molito in Alabang.

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