That night, there was a lot of fuss that night about where we were eating, I felt like a hearty steak while my sisters argued that they wanted Japanese food, Omakase specifically. We couldn't, in any way, reach a decision, so I told my mum that it's best if she's the one who made the choice. She said she's heard of a small Thai restaurant in Gilmore which is rather pleasant and authentic. I, for one, was never a big fan of Thai food, but since I can't think of any place in particular where I would want to dine, I agreed.*
|Dad with the lemongrass iced tea.|
|Pad Thai, Pad Thai, Pad Thai!|
Chloe loves Pad Thai.
|Tom Yum with Seafood|
Yellow. Curry. Rice. It was one of those pungent dishes, but sadly, it lacked that pow in flavor.
My mum makes a mean pandan chicken. It's one of the dishes that she's really mastered. But this one that we had was different from mum's version. Not necessarily better, but different, in a good way. It had that whole smokey vibe being grilled and the marinade permeated the chook greatly!
If you know me, you know that I love my bagoong.** I love the saltiness and fishiness (almost) of it. This bagoong rice had a medley of toppings on it, but there wasn't enough bagoong. My vote goes to Bagoong Club's bagoong rice.
My positively favorite dish for that night would be the sassy fish. It's quite the name! It held the perfect balance of flavors, and yet, somehow, the acidity was just radiating in that dish. And the green mangoes.. YUMMO!
|Thai Halo Halo|
|Mangoes with Sticky Rice!|
Overall, I think eating in Thai Dara has opened my eyes to Thai food. I kinda love it now, not kidding! I've been having my fair share of Thai food these days, wait for my Chat Thai post! Chat Thai is like Thai Dara on STEROIDS. YUM! The selection is really extensive as well!:)
Gilmore Avenue Granada St.
* I think it's probably due to the lack of mind-blowing epic Thai food in Manila.
** Cured shrimp paste