Thaipan: A Taste of Authentic Thai in Quezon City

Monday, May 18, 2015
For a while now, I've been missing the spicy and colorful flavors of Thai cuisine, no thanks to the boyfriend's lack of enthusiasm towards Thai food. However, it was very timely when Joy, a fellow blogger, invited me to Thaipan Restaurant for lunch. And of course, I had to say yes!

Thaipan Restaurant Quezon City Review

Located in Scout Dr. Lazcano, Thaipan Restaurant is just a few steps away from Tomas Morato in Quezon City. And typical to restaurants in the area, Thaipan also sits in an old house turned restaurant. While I'm more used to dining in a more commercial setting, I just adore the clean yet homey, eclectic charm of restaurants like Thaipan.

Thaipan Restaurant Quezon City
Thaipan Quezon City

There's an outdoor dining area that I would've loved to be seated in, if only it weren't that hot and humid at day time. However, I think this would be perfect for dinner. It would be great for romantic dates, or even hanging out with friends and colleagues.

Thaipan Restaurant Private Rooms
See the nice wallpaper? Trivia: That's actually directly hand-painted on the wall!
The indoor dining area, on the other hand, houses no more than ten tables. But to be honest, the place looks more spacious than it actually is thanks to all the mirrors around the room. Thaipan Restaurant also has private rooms good for meetings, reunions and even parties.

We were fortunate to have a short chat with one of Thaipan's owners. And it was really nice to learn that Thaipan serves not recreations of Thai food, but actual authentic Thai cuisine. And while I believe we have a good number of authentic Thai restaurants in Metro Manila, it's nice to know there's a place we can get it even in Quezon City. 'Cause hey, if you ask me to name authentic Thai restos, I bet most of them are in either Makati, Taguig, Alabang or Parañaque.

The Meal Starters


We first had a serving of homemade spiced legumes while we wait for the other dishes. And while I didn't have a photo, the legumes were really good!

Mieng Kham (P175)
✓ Mieng Kham (P175)
Anyhow, to start off our meal, we had this serving of traditional Thai appetizer -- shallots, garlic, ginger, peanuts, shrimp and roasted grated coconut on betel leaves, served with sweet palm sugar sauce and chili. I've had this before at Silk Road, and Thaipan's version is as good with its interesting combination of flavors. Savory, spicy and zesty with hints of sweetness and minty-bitterness. This is definitely something anyone new to Thai cuisine should try!

Som Tam Malakaw - Green Papaya Salad (P250)
✓ Som Tam Malakaw - Green Papaya Salad (P250)
One thing that always satisfies me when dining Thai is the cuisine's tasty salad offerings. And I can definitely say the same with Thaipan's green papaya salad. Unlike the usual green mango or pomelo salad, green papaya isn't sour or overly flavored on its own so it beautifully absorbs the sweet and spicy tamarind-lime-fish dressing it's drenched with. It also has crispy pork flakes for added savor and texture. Definitely a salad I can eat all day!

Tom Yum Kung (P190 Single, P380 Sharing)
✓ Tom Yum Kung (P190 Single; P380 Sharing)
For soup, how can we miss the beloved Thai classic? This hot and sour soup with prawns, straw mushrooms, lemon grass, galangal, lime juice, fish sauce, chili peppers, coconut milk and other fragrant herbs is very comforting with every spoonful. Guests can ask the staff for their preferred level of spiciness, although those who love really spicy foods, should go for the max. From what I've read on TripAdvisor, even the spiciest still isn't enough for UK palates.

The Main Entrées


Pla Lad Prik Sam Ros - Fish Tamarind (P320)
Pla Lad Prik Sam Ros - Fish Tamarind (P320)
For our mains, we had this plate of deep-fried fish fillet pieces drizzled with tamarind chili sauce and topped with fried basil leaves. This is a really nice dish, especially for kids or even those trying Thai cuisine for the first time as it's not too alienating. The coating is fried to a crisp, while the fish is cooked to a nice, moist doneness. The fried basil is also addicting, adding not just texture but also a distinct herb flavor with every bite.

Green Chicken Curry (P328)
Green Chicken Curry (P328)
There's a choice between green or yellow for the Thai chicken curry at Thaipan. We had it green as it's the more distinctly Thai between the two. It's made with a blend of fresh green chilies and herbs that give it its color, along with lemongrass, coriander root, and kaffir leaves that give it a lighter, more refreshing taste compared to Indian curry. The chicken and eggplant pieces in this dish, on the other hand, might just seem like sidekicks, but definitely help the overall flavor of the curry stand out. Personally, I wish the curry was spicier, although like with other dishes at Thaipan, one can ask for his/her preferred spiciness level.

See Khrong Moo Yaang - Cinnamon Pork Ribs (P375)
✓ See Khrong Moo Yaang - Cinnamon Pork Ribs (P375)
We also had this Thai-style pork ribs which are first marinated in cinnamon and lemon, and then barbecued to a beautiful smokey and glossy goodness. Unlike Western pork ribs, these babies are more on the sweet side with an earthy and aromatic note. Every bite also gives off not only an explosion of sweet, comforting flavors, but also of tender succulence that will surely make carb-lovers mindlessly grab for more rice to go with the pork. I know, I did!


The Noodle and Rice


Pad Thai (P320)
✓ Pad Thai (P320)
If you'll have to order only a few dishes at Thaipan, another item you must include in your list is this traditional Thai noodle dish made with springy rice noodles, tamarind, lemon juice, fish sauce, eggs, beansprouts, shrimps and peanuts, then encased in a beautiful egg net. The textures are addicting enough, but the harmony of sweet, savory, tangy and spicy (if you mixed in the chili) is simply heavenly! Writing about this now is already making me crave!

Khao Phad Kai/Moo - Thai-Style Fried Rice with Chicken/Pork (P285)
Khao Phad Kai/Moo - Thai-Style Fried Rice with Chicken/Pork (P285)
For people who can't live without rice, there's Thaipan's fried rice done Thai-style. Cooked with either chicken or pork, this fried rice also comes with a fried egg and a spicy fish sauce on the side. To be honest, I feel like this fried rice can already stand alone. Even without any viands, I'd be more than happy to enjoy this on its own. However, despite its savory flavor, every spoonful is not too overwhelming so it also pairs well with our mains.

The Dessert and Drinks


Takoh Sakhoo (P198)
✓ Takoh Sakhoo (P198)
For dessert, we had my favorite takoh sakhoo or steamed cakes of tapioca pearls with coconut custard and red water chestnuts in pandan leaf cups. These treats never fail to make me ooh and ahh in delight! I just love how it's soft, creamy and not overly sweet. The red ruby on top is also a bonus! I always feel like I can finish a whole order by myself. But for this trip, I left the other four pieces (a serving comes with five) for my table-mates. Teehee! 。^‿^。

Lemongrass Juice (P85) and Pandan Juice (P85)
✓ Lemongrass Juice (P85) and ✓ Pandan Juice (P85)
Although I would've loved to order my favorite Thai iced (milk) tea, I went with these two refreshing drinks instead, since it was pretty hot that day. And I couldn't be happier! Both the lemongrass and pandan juices were great thirst-quenchers! They were freshly brewed and not overly sweetened. But although I love both, I think the pandan juice is more perfect to pair with the meal, while the lemongrass juice is great for cleansing the palate.

THE VERDICT

I've been missing my Thai fix for a while now, and this visit to Thaipan has definitely reminded me why I love this cuisine so much. A medley of colors and a combination of sweet, savory, tangy, spicy and more. And while I still haven't personally visited Thailand, for me, this is as close to authentic Thai cuisine as I can get (for now). Everything from the meal starters, to mains, to desserts were more than satisfactory. And with a really nice and refreshing, modern yet homey ambiance, a set of courteous, prompt and friendly staff, and reasonable price tags to boot, I honestly don't see any reasons why I would't come back! ✧(。•̀ᴗ-)b

Taste 4/5
Ambiance - 4/5
Service - 4/5
Price - 4/5
Overall Value - 4/5


Thaipan Restaurant, Quezon City
120 Scout Dr. Lazcano St. (near Tomas Morato)
Sacred Heart, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines
(02) 587-6486
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32 comments:

  1. the photography is amazing, and the hand painted wall decor looks awesome. its the little things that make an experience

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  2. The dining area is impressive but sadly I am not for spicy food. Thai food looks delicious always. A moderate spiciness in any kind of food is great.

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    1. Luckily, there are a lot of Thai restaurants like Thaipan which can actually adjust the spiciness level to guests' preference. ;)

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  3. The food looks delicious. I love Thai food and by the sound of it, the restaurant is a must try.

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  4. Nice place with great food, makes me feel so hungry and want to eat right away!~ Nice shoot on the environment and food!

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  5. The place seems nice and the foods look dely. Sad to say, I am not into spicy foods. For sweets only lang ako.

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  6. I have been curious about these new places in the Scout area, so thank you for introducing this one! Everything looks good and reasonably priced. I think we will be visiting this one soon.

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    1. Hope you enjoy your visit to Thaipan as much as I did! ;)

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  7. I love all the photos of your food! They look so professional and yummy! I have heard of Thaipan, perhaps from other blogger, but perhaps because I love Thai food alot!

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  8. I'm glad that there are more and more restaurants now - more dining options for us. I am a huge fan of Thai food and everything that you've shared with us looks good. I wish that Thaipan has a branch somewhere in the South :)

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  9. The food looks really delicious however, I'm not a fan of Thai cuisines mainly because I'm allergic to spicy food (weird noh?). This is great restaurant for those who love Thai cuisines or those who wants to try them. :)

    Mind me asking, what camera do you use for your photos? You've got talent in photography! :)

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    1. Maybe you're allergic to peppers? I used to love spicy foods, but later found out that I'm allergic to most types of peppers. >.<

      Anyway, thank you for your kind words! I'm using a Canon EOS 550D with EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens. :)

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  10. I just love looking at the photos! haha Why am I reading food posts now? Is this a sign, I will be eating a lot soon? haha I can't wait to try their Tom Yum. :D

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  11. It is so difficult to find restaurants that offer authentic cuisines. Glad you found this one. The ambience looks amazing :)

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  12. It's very near our office. I will try to drop by this week to try their authentic thai cuisine.

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    1. Hope you enjoy their food as much as I did, Karen! :)

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  13. Not really a big fan of Thai cuisine or anything that has curry and coconut milk, my tummy kinda rejects them and it's not pretty. Haha. The green papaya salad looks really refreshing, savory and spicy. Sticking to that, the Pad Thai, Fish Tamarind and Pork Ribs when I do swing by Thaipan Restaurant. Awesome shots as usual.

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  14. I can't get over how nice your photos are!! Also, would love to try this as I'm a huuuge fan of Thai food! :D

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  15. I love Thai food and there was a great restaurant that I used to go to in Manhattan that was amazing. I'm sure this is even better since it's the real thing.

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  16. I always love thai food. The Som Tam and Green Curry really look so delicious. Did you try their tom yum soup?

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    1. Yup, I did! It's on the post above -- Tom Yum Kung. :) Really good!

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  17. Love the way you have captured the food ! I am fan of Green chicken curry and your phad thai looks great.

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  18. I have my Physical Therapy session at Dr. Lazcano. I should try this out on my next visit.

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  19. The food looks delicious, but what caught my attention was the outdoor dining area. It seems cozy, especially when you dine there at night.

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  20. I love that painted wall! the outdoor is nice, too but I can imagine the heat in this hot weather. That would be a bad idea. Love the photos, Sumi!

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  21. Mmmm! The decor looks good, the food looks great! Sounds like it tasted as good too!

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  22. The outdoor dining area looks heavenly and the pictures you took of the food is so fab! Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience dining at Thaipan. I love Thai food!!

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  23. I had no idea Thaipan was so pretty inside! I always thought thai joints are just for family affairs but since this one looks great, it really could be a date place. Yummy food is the bonus!

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  24. I always see this Restaurant when I go to Tomas Morato. I want to try this one. Maybe this coming weekend. I hope it really is good as you say because I am drooling with all the foods you posted. Haha

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  25. I like the food, the presentation and the ambiance. A place worth to experience!

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