There is something about Thai food.
Yes, there is something about it.
There is something about Asian food in general which mesmerizes me like no burger or pasta can. And it doesn’t matter whether it’s Vietnamese, Japanese, Singaporean or Malaysian.. the cuisine of Asia simply rocks.
Thankfully, I had to attend two consecutive presscons at the People’s Palace in Greenbelt to rediscover Thai food again. I’ve heard about this place when it was still in Malate but somehow never got the chance to visit. The whole resto is bathed in funky contemporary design, with the color white predominating, and muscular, orange-clad waiters briskly moving between tables.
Another good thing was the food. It was exquisite. Blame it partly on the fact that I haven’t tasted Thai food for sometime now. First, I got to try the prawn crackers which had a divine-tasting prawn and pork relish that was more like a dip. Anyone who’d try this would surely wonder what the secret recipe is. Then, there’s the never-fail prawn, pomelo and coconut salad which was just the right blend of sourness and sweetness. Not to mention the tender chicken/pork satay with peanut sauce, those herb-infused Vietnamese-style spring rools, (too) crispy catfish with green mango salad and tod maan pla or thai fishcakes with some sort of cucumber relish.
The weird thing is that you’d feel full with just the appetizers alone, and somehow you’d want to give up on the main courses: the crispy lapu-lapu fillets, beef curry and what looked like kang kong with crispy pork and chili.
It goes without saying that People’s Palace offers classic Thai food like tom yum goong, som tam (spicy green papaya salad) and pad thai. There’s also a vegetarian menu, some of which contain absolutely no egg or dairy products. A whole range of juices, smoothies, cocktails and other drinks are whipped up in their chic rectangular bar. Dining here isn’t cheap (probably a minimum of P500) per person but that shouldn’t be a problem if you want to satiate your Thai food fixation once in a while.
For the resto’s address and contact number, see link somewhere here.