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Most Thai restaurants here in the Philippines can claim to be excellent in serving delicious-tasting food. But not all Thai restaurants can boast of being a Thai Select restaurant.

As the title suggests, Thai Select is an exclusive recognition given by the Department of International Trade Promotion Ministry of Commerce under the Royal Thai Government. The award certifies the establishment in providing not just the authentic Thai taste of the food but also the outstanding hospitality and atmosphere of the restaurant. To be recognized as such is an honor and these local restaurants have earned merit from official representatives of the Thai Embassy and Thai Trade Center during a special awarding ceremony.

So, if you want to experience the best and the most authentic Thai dishes without visiting Thailand, whether it be a fresh hot plate of Pad Thai or a sweet ending of Sticky Rice with Mango, then visit these restaurants:

 

Benjarong Royal Thai Cuisine

 

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To eat at Benjarong means marking the day as a special occasion since guests are treated to an exclusive and upscale Thai dining experience. Helmed by Chef Watcharaphon “Ja” Yongbanthom, the fine-dining Thai restaurant periodically updates the menu with centuries-old royal Thai dishes that’s been elevated with modern touches. Thai dignitaries and enthusiasts of true Thai cuisine frequent Benjarong not only because is it consistent in serving authentic Thai food but also due to the restaurant’s impeccable service and majestic-like ambiance.

MUST TRIES: The menu is often updated so call to check the latest offerings.

Ground Floor, Dusit Thani Manila, Makati City. For reservations, contact (02) 7238-8888.

Opening hours:
Lunch: 11:30 to 14:30
Dinner: 17:30 to 22:00
Happy Hour: 21:00 to 23:00
Closed on Mondays
Dress code: Smart casual

Nara Thai Cuisine

 

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Since opening in 2018, Nara Thai has consistently delivered outstanding Thai dishes matched with incredible service. It follows in the footsteps of its original branch, which was then voted as the best Thai cuisine restaurant in Bangkok. Named after one of the founders of the restaurant, Nara Thai stays consistent with its flavors by flying in must-have ingredients from Bangkok as well as continually training its chefs with maintaining the authentic flavors Thai dishes are known for. This constancy also effectively translates when they do voluminous orders since Nara Thai also offers catering services for parties and other large gatherings.

MUST TRIES: Yum Phak Khom (Fried Spinach Leaves with Minced Pork & Prawn Chili Lime Dip), Tom Ka Gai (Chicken in Coconut Soup), Moo Krob Tod Kim Jaew (Crispy Pork with Red Sauce)

3/F Fashion Hall SM Mega Mall EDSA For reservations, contact (0967) 236-6658, (0998) 481-3484 (02) 8637-3860. Visit narathaiph.com

  

Azuthai

 

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Azuthai prides itself on serving home-style Thai cuisine in a classy fine-dining environment. The experience is kind of like eating a sumptuous yet comforting dinner at your sophisticated Thai auntie’s house. The restaurant’s executive chef is Thai so authenticity is of the highest caliber in terms of flavor and ingredients. Regarded as one of the most iconic Thai restaurants in the city, an experience in Azuthai is a must for anyone who loves Thai cuisine.

MUST TRIES: Crispy Soft Shell Crab, Crispy Duck Salad, Grilled U.S. Angus Boneless Ribs with Tamarind Sauce 

900 A. Arnaiz Avenue, Corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati, Metro Manila. For more information, visit azuthai.com

 

Thai BBQ

 

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Just as the restaurant name implies, Thai BBQ specializes in incredible barbecue mains fused with delicious Thai flavors as well as other classic dishes. While it’s considered a franchise originating from LA, Thai BBQs flavors are authentically Thai as they can be. The only American thing about the food is the serving sizes. You don’t even have to worry about smelling like you came from a barbecue place. Thai BBQ spoils its guests with spacious seating and chic and modern interiors.

MUST TRIES: Thai BBQ Spareribs, Honey Duck Dinner, Panang Beef Curry

Thai BBQ has three branches: Tiendesitas  (0917) 895-0000, Vertis North (0917) 111-1990, and Glorietta (0917) 111-2121.

Mango Tree Manila

 

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Mango Tree is that stylish restaurant that’s unapologetically cool, chic, and distinctly Thai. Since opening its doors in 2012, the brand has unceasingly earned loyal customers who want to enjoy Thai food in an impressive setting. Their long-listed, well-curated menu includes healthy and true dishes from the four regions of Thailand. While it may be on the pricier side, this urban eatery has never failed to please and provide amazing dishes packed with bold and fiery flavors Thai cuisine has been known for. While the brand has several sub-concepts like Mango Tree Café and Mango Tree Bistro, a visit to the main Mango Tree Branch in BGC is a must.

MUST TRIES:  Nam Tok Nua (Grilled Beef Salad), Panang Curry in Beef Tenderloin, Tom Zab Pork Ribs

For list menu and branches, visit https://linktr.ee/mangotreemanila. Follow Mango Tree in their Facebook page and Instagram

 

Mor Thai

Hidden inside one of the relatively new shopping complexes around the MOA area is Mor Thai, an intimate and unassuming restaurant that has been getting glowing reviews since it opened. Aside from the classic Thai dishes, Mor Thai specializes in different kinds of hot pots and a slew of traditional Thai sweets. What sets it apart from other Thai restaurants is its lowkey charm relying on the authenticity and flair of their delicious Thai offerings.

MUST TRIES: Volcano Shrimps, Fish Maw Soup, Crispy Noodle with Seafood in Gravy Sauce,Grilled Giant Freshwater Prawns

2nd Floor, MET LIVE, EDSA Ext. cor Macapagal Metro Park, Bay Area CBD, Pasay City

Contact details: (0999) 936-1665 or email [email protected]

 

Greyhound Café

 

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There’s a certain kind of thrill when you take your seat at Greyhound Café. The place exudes confidence and excitement—a dining experience here feels like you’re exploring Bangkok on a good night. Brought in by Viva Foods Group, the restaurant promises fiery, modern dishes rooted in authentic Thai flavors. What’s also cool about Greyhound Café is its inviting interiors; whether you’re having a relaxing family lunch or a quick catch-up with friends, Greyhound Café can definitely cater for everyone craving for excellent Thai food. Recently, Greyhound opened its second branch in Mall of Asia in Pasay with further plans to open its next branches in The Podium Mall, Rockwell, Eastwood Mall, and Robinsons Magnolia.

 MUST TRIES: Salmon Sashimi in Spicy Hot Sauce, The Famoous Muay Thai Grilled Chicken, GHC Seafood Spring Rolls

GF, SM Aura Premier, 26th Street, Corner McKinley Pkwy, Taguig. Visit greyhoundcafe.com.ph.

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