Basil

Rainy nights call for Thai food! The spice and flavor which made this cuisine famous would surely heat up and cheer up gloomy nights. This new restaurant in MOA did just that after we finished our dinner here. It was a weekday, and as I said, a rainy one at that, and the place was practically empty. I liked its modern vibe, with a smattering of Thai elements, but still has some Filipino aura to it. Maybe it’s the wood, or the plain and obvious hospitality and warmth of the staff. Whatever it was, it was a great dining experience.

Their servings were huge (hence price was not cheap) so we couldn’t order a lot. We settled for our favorites, his green curry chicken, and my pad thai. We washed it down with basil lemon shake and Thai iced tea.

Green Chicken Curry

Pad Thai

Lime Basil Shake and Thai Iced Tea

Mango Tree Bistro

Mico was working on Christmas day, and we sort of joined him at the mall where they were showing one of the local movies. Come lunchtime, we tagged along at the restaurant where he and the local artists and crew were dining. On the outside, it seemed like a hip restaurant with its dark, monochromatic interiors and edgy vibe. But my impression didn’t last. It took them a while to attend to us, and our food took forever to arrive. The last dish didn’t even make to our table. We had to cancel it since we’ve already finished everything else on the table, and it still wasn’t ready. The poor service may be due to the movie personalities dining in, however, that’s not an excuse since we too were customers. I forgave them since it was Christmas, but I would not dine here again. Food’s just plain okay, and peso value was not worth it.

What we had:

Salmon sticks
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Pad thai (that I already mixed before I took the photo)
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Salmon spaghetti
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Chicken fried rice
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Soi

“Not all Thai foods are spicy.”

So goes the slogan of Soi. The restaurant specializing in Thai cuisine has been around for a while now but there is a newly opened branch at the Mall of Asia, which we got to try. The problem with only the two of us (hubby and I) eating out is that we could not order so many dishes even if we want to try a lot because it’s just so much waste if we couldn’t finish. That leaves us with only a few to satisfy our gustatory cravings.

Soi is actually very good. As we are not that into spicy food, but wanted to veer away from the usual Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, Continental and Italian, we chose the lesser evils (hehe). Sometimes I feel some hesitation delving into Thai since it looks so vegetarian and healthy that it may not be flavorful. But I was pleasantly surprised about how wonderful the food turned out! There was that just right hotness, saltiness and sweetness. I don’t normally like cloying, sugary taste in entrees. For me, sweet should be reserved for desserts or after-dinner coffee or tea.

Anyway, we’ll come back for more at Soi. It just whet my appetite for other Asian dishes.

Cute centerpiece


Eggplant with Tofu


Chicken in green curry


Pad Thai