I first saw Thai-pan when we ate at Bagoong Club, it is the restaurant beside it. I had noticed it before because of its interesting decor, garden like outdoor setting and mostly clean and white colors. One thing or another and we have not been back to try. A couple of months ago, I spotted a deal on Pakyaw, a group deal site, that offered a 40% discount. I immediately bought 2 coupons for me and Irene, Lauren would not be going with us since she’s not fond of Thai cuisine.
The decor had a relaxing vibe outdoors, with its predominantly white furnishings partnered with large mirrors and greenery all around.
Since it was lunch time, we wanted no part of sitting outdoors in our weather. We opted for their air conditioned dining area and were led up a small flight of stairs to our table. We immediately saw the semblance of a converted old house with many of its features they kept and just added little design touches to compliment the. The doors to the function rooms as well as the toilet were large painted wooden doors, that will remind you of the yesteryears.
Let’s move on to the food, we selected a couple of dishes starting with Tod Man Kung (P290). I love shrimp cakes, as evidenced by me ordering them every time I eat at Thai restaurants. The pieces were crispy but still juicy and tender inside. This one ranks up there with my favorites.
If I have my shrimp cakes, Irene has to have Tom Yum Kung (P130/per person). Thai-pan’s soups are per person servings only. The soup was packed with flavor in every sip we had, creamy soup with strong lemongrass flavors, just as it should be. Irene loved this a lot.
We were quite intrigued with See Khrong Moo Yang (P245), described in the menu as cinnamon and lemon marinated pork ribs. The ribs were fragrant, you could smell the slight char from the barbecue with traces of cinnamon. Taking a bite into the meat, a bit tender but still with some bite, the cinnamon is really evident in the bite and surprisingly matched the roasted meat very well. The citrus taste was quite faint though and I would have loved to have more of it.
We also got an order of Pad Thai (P310), nicely presented in a net made of eggs, which surprisingly held the noodles well. I mixed it up with a squeeze of lime and added some peanuts before getting some on our plates. This was very very good, the noodles were well cooked and it had ample shrimp and pork mixed in. The taste was just right, since we specified it to be less spicy.
We washed our orders down with Thai Iced Tea, strong and milky. We love Thai Iced tea as this drink saved our taste buds countless times during our trips to Thailand. We loved it so much, we bought some instant stuff from the supermarket to bring home. This one definitely did not taste instant.
For dessert, we had Ta Koh Sakhoo (P160). We ordered this earlier due to its 20 min preparation time. Its a traditional pandan and coconut milk dessert that topped with a piece of red ruby (water chestnut). The dessert was served hot, each square cup held together daintily by pandan. I scooped out a piece and liked it a lot, creamy coconut milk with bits of tapioca mixed in. I can’t quite remember if I’ve ever had this dessert before but from now on its been added to my must order at Thai restaurants.
Overall Thai-pan’s food was wonderful but the servings were quite small for the prices. Flavors felt authentic, and they did not scrimp on ingredients . The ambiance was cozy and relaxing while service was quite good. The only thing holding me back from visiting more often is probably the price more than its location, which is a little ways away from us.
120 Sct. Dr. Lazcano St., Tomas Morato