From what I know, Just Thai has 3 branches in Metro Manila -- Burgos Circle in The Fort, Molito Lifestyle Center in Alabang, and Prism Plaza in Mall of Asia. And while the Burgos Circle branch may have a more Thai-inspired interior based on blog posts I've seen, the one in Prism Plaza which looks simpler but still as elegant, better fits my liking.
With only a few tables in the restaurant, Just Thai offers a cozy and intimate space perfect for those like me who prefers a more serene dining environment. There were Thai accents here and there, but the most notable pieces for me are the iridescent hanging lamps and the big mirrors. I like the curtain dividers too as they provide added privacy. However, what really made me felt at ease in Just Thai is not just their interior but the relaxing ranat ek (traditional Thai xylophone) music that turned my zen mode on.
As for the food, we first started off with Tom Yum which is a hot bowl of the famous hot and sour Thai prawn soup with lemon grass, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, chili peppers, coconut milk and fragrant herbs. We had our Tom Yum with just mild spiciness since the beau might not be up for a really hot start. But frankly, this soup is still pretty spicy with just the right amount of tartness and refreshing cilantro notes.
|✓ Tom Yum - Hot and Sour Thai Soup (P190)|
Next, we had a serving of Tod Man Pla which are Thai fish cakes served with a sweet and nutty cucumber sauce. While I'm not a big fan of either fish or shrimp cakes in general, I have to admit that I quite liked these fried treats. They were moist, savory and succulent, perfect with the accompanying dipping sauce. If I have to note though, I think this dish tastes more Filipino than I expected, making it a nice viand to pair with rice.
|Tod Man Pla - Fish Cakes (P290)|
I always go for the Yam Pla Duk Foo (Catfish with Green Mango Salad) or the Yam Som O (Pomelo Salad) whenever I dine in Thai restaurants. So to deviate from my usual inclination, we had the Yam Neua which is a salad with seared marinated beef pieces, onions, cucumbers and tomatoes served atop a bowl of crispy lettuce leaves. While I still love my refreshing Thai salad dishes, this is definitely a good option for something savory with a slight kick of spice. It also comes with an extra serving of the sweet dressing.
|✓ Yam Neua - Beef Salad (P350)|
For carbs, we had the Khao Krok Kopi, a plate of bagoong rice served with some sweet ground pork, dried shrimps, scrambled eggs, green mango strips and some chili on the side. Being a big bagoong lover, I found the rice in itself a little too subtle in the bagoong department. However, eating the rice with everything else makes it a whole lot better.
|Khao Krok Kopi - Bagoong Rice (P250)|
As viand to our rice, we had the Gai Ob Bai Toey which to simply put is a dish of pandan-wrapped chicken. We tried eating the chicken just by itself, and for some reason, we found it a little weird-tasting. It was juicy, succulent and savory, but it also had something different in it that I can't seem to pinpoint. And no, it wasn't just the pandan note. However, dipping the chicken in one of the two sauces makes every bite more palatable, especially in the sweet dark soy-sesame sauce.
|Gai Ob Bai Toey - Pandan-Wrapped Chicken (P290)|
Although the other viand left me with a mixed feeling, the Pad Kapron Talay which is mixed seafood in a basil-coconut cream sauce, was definitely a great redeeming dish. A serving has a good number of mussels, prawns, fish fillet and even fish cakes in the creamy, herby and refreshing sauce that I oh-so-love. The dish also comes with some crisp-fried basil leaves good for munching or to pair with the whole ensemble. Yum!
|✓ Pad Kapron Talay - Mixed Seafood in Basil (P280)|
It's probably a sin to miss ordering Pad Thai when in a Thai restaurant. So although both the beau and I were already feeling full, we still tried out this famous Thai rice noodle dish served with eggs, tamarind juice, beansprouts, chili, peanuts, coriander and lime. While I generally find the flavor and texture of this Pad Thai satisfactory, the overwhelming amount of beansprouts threw me off, being a non-beansprout fan. The beau on the other hand, seemed to have really enjoyed every forkful as he's crazy for beansprouts.
|Pad Thai (P280)|
To cap off our meal, we had the Khao Niaow Ma Muang, a Thai dessert made up of sticky rice topped with sweet mango slices then served with coconut sauce. I've always loved our local suman with ripe mangoes, but I think I prefer this Thai rendition more. The sticky rice I believe is cooked in coconut milk, and eating a spoonful with the sweet ripe mango slices is just heavenly, more so when you add a dollop of the coconut sauce.
|✓ Khao Niaow Ma Muang - Mango with Sticky Rice (P260)|
|Thai Iced Tea (P80) and ✓ Hot Thai Coffee (P120)|
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Like most Thai restaurants in Metro Manila, I feel like Just Thai had somehow adjusted their flavors to suit the Filipino palate. And while I personally like my Thai food the more exotic and unconventional it tastes, I'll always keep Just Thai in mind should I crave for a good bowl of Tom Yum, as well as a serving of Mixed Seafood in Basil, and a cup of hot Thai coffee (which I really, really liked). I also have to note the excellent service we received at Just Thai Prism Plaza. Our server was very friendly, courteous, prompt and alert -- refilling our glasses with water even if they're not even half empty.
Taste - 3.5/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4.5/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4.5/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4/5
Just Thai, Prism Plaza,
4/L Prism Plaza, Two E-Com Bldg.,
Bayshore Ave. Cor. Harbor Dr., Mall of Asia Complex
Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines
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