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These Thai Restaurants in Manila Will Spice Up Your Dining Experience

While Thai cuisine has always been a favorite among food enthusiasts worldwide, the popularity of Boys Love (BL) content brought even more excitement and buzz to it. Although the ideal way to enjoy authentic Thai flavors is by traveling to the Land of Smiles, not everyone has the luxury of time and resources to do so. Fortunately, Manila boasts an array of establishments and undiscovered gems where you can indulge in delectable Thai cuisine with your loved ones.

Get ready to spice up your dining experience at these Thai restaurants in the metro.

Crying Tiger

Crying Tiger
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Situated in the lively neighborhood of Poblacion, Crying Tiger is one of the most sought-after Thai food places in Makati. It serves a mouthwatering selection of Thai dishes, including the tangy Asian Grilled Calamari (P265), the chewy Char Siu Pork Plate (P290), and the protein-filled Chicken Satay (P175), among others. If you’re a vegetarian, you’ll love its Vegetarian Mee Goreng (P265), which is a delightful blend of Thai and Malaysian noodles. This spread matches the Thai-style interior, punctuated by dark-hued furniture, colorful accents, and a bold palette.

Location: Crying Tiger, 4986 P. Guanzon, Poblacion, Makati

Mango Tree

Mango Tree
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If you don’t mind splurging, check out one of the upscale restaurants in Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Mango Tree. It is known for its fancy interiors that create a welcoming ambiance for guests. Headed by acclaimed chef Siwat Korsem, the establishment offers delicious Thai food such as Chicken in Pandan (P420), Thai Tapioca Dumplings (P480), Tom Yum Seafood (P580), and Steamed Shrimp in Tom Yum (P700). If you’re a fan of curry, order the famous Green Curry Chicken (P650), which consists of chicken, green curry, pea aubergine, eggplant, and basil.

Location: Mango Tree, 7th Avenue, BGC High Street Central, Taguig

Smile Elephant Thai Restaurant

Best Thai restaurants in Manila 2023
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A prominent player in the Thai food scene in the Philippines, Smile Elephant Thai Restaurant not only serves delicious Thai cuisine, but also offers mouthwatering desserts that will transport you to the streets of Bangkok in no time. One must-try is the Sticky Rice With Mango (P140), which is the restaurant’s version of the staple Thai dessert. You may also indulge in its exotic treat called Thai Taco (P95), crafted using a blend of coconut milk, sugar, and flour.

Location: Smile Elephant Thai Restaurant, 45 West Capitol Drive Brgy. Kapitolyo, Pasig City

Krapow MNL

Krapow MNL
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While Krapow MNL may fly under the radar as a low-key restaurant, its tasty offerings are worth exploring. Nestled in Poblacion, this food spot specializes in traditional Thai fares, such as Tom Yum Noodle Soup (P435), Coconut Galangal Chicken Soup (P395), Khao Pad Tom Yum Goong (P395), Pad Krapow Moo Krob (P385), and more. Refreshing cocktails such as Negroni (P350), Jack and Coke (P280), Bees Knees (P350), and Gin and Tonic (P290) are also on offer to end your meal on a high note.

Location: Krapow MNL, 5648 Don Pedro, Poblacion, Makati

Basil Thai Restaurant

Basil Thai Restaurant
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Embracing the Thai principle of balancing “sweet, spicy, sour, salty, and bitter,” Basil Thai Restaurant ensures that every dish it serves reflects the essence of Thai culture. Bring your family and friends to munch on yummy treats, such as the tangy Thai Chicken BBQ (P525), the spicy Thai Red Shrimp Curry (P585), the citrusy Prawns With Lemongrass and Black Pepper (P615), and more. If that’s not enough, the restaurant has a special Thai Feast - Bagoong Rice (P1,095), ideal for big groups. Of course, you can’t miss the famous Sticky Rice With Mango, which you can order for P190.

Location: Basil Thai Restaurant, Rockwell Powerplant Mall, Makati

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