We are always on the lookout for new restos popping up near our home, especially in the up and coming area of Kapitolyo, mostly made up of small restaurants like Cab Cafe, Charlie’s, 3 Sisters. During one of our trips in the area, we spotted the facade of Nav Modern Thai Cuisine and got quite intrigued and promised ourselves to check it out once it opens.We finally got a chance to try the place out during one lunch out with Jane,partly because we wanted to order more food and partly to enjoy each others company.
Browsing thru the menu, you could see the usual Thai dishes and some unusual ones. We decided to get a mix of both.
Crab Cakes (P230). I have quite a love of Thai shrimp cakes, see here and here, so I was quite surprised they did not have it on the menu and had crab cakes instead. I felt the taste of the crab cakes a little underwhelming, flat and lacking in flavor.
Son-in-law Eggs (P180). An unusual name, to say the least, but the dish turned out to be the best thing we ordered that day. Deep fried eggs, resulting in an unusually nice texture, then drizzled with a sweet and tangy tamarind sauce. Thinking about makes my mouth water.
Tom Yum Goong (P270). No Thai meal is complete for Irene without ordering this. She finds comfort in the spicy and sour broth as it tickles the taste buds. I’m a bit ambivalent over it, but since we already ordered it, I had a cup. I found the broth just right in terms of the sour and spice elements, a perfect compliment to the rainy weather outside. I was also surprised to see a few large shrimps inside.
Wok Fry Squid (P260) At first glance, this was not what I expected the squid to look like. It kinda looked like chicken to be honest. Taking a piece and biting, I was surprised to find the squid enveloped inside a coating of sorts. The squid was just right and I loved the sweet and spicy sauce.
Green Curry (P240). Chicken and bamboo shoots in a house curry blend. I think this was a mismatch to our Bagoong rice order, as this would be better with white rice to better appreciate the curry. We obviously ordered too much so we had to wrap this up, which made the curry too spicy.
Khao Krok Kapi/Bagoong Club (P225). The rice was good, the way we expected it to taste, nothing fantastic though.
Thai Sticky Rice (P170). We were given this complimentary dessert, along with the other table dining there at the same time. I’m not sure this is the real serving size since we did not order it. The rice was like fried little rice balls.
We’ve long been looking for a nice Thai place near us and Nav is the answer. The serving sizes are generous and of course tasted great. The place was small yet cozy, has free wifi and parking available.
Nav Modern Thai Cuisine