The invite was from BAI YOK restaurant in Tomas Morato Quezon City.To be honest,I never heard of the restaurant before.It newly opened a few months ago and we came to sample how "authentic"the food is in this Thai restaurant.
BAI YOK Thai Restaurant Tomas Morato
We all get attracted to the interiors like a moth gets attracted to the lamp.Interiors set restaurants apart from each other if all else is even.It also establishes a particular brand's mark.Being talked about is a big deal in marketing.Bai Yok has the Thai feel interior but one would rather feel it's lacking (bitin) in that aspect.Other than the giant buddha picture on one side of the wall,the food presentations and the touch of Thai accent on the restaurants logo,there's nothing much Thai about it.
We got the chance to talk to the owner of the restaurant and raised that concern as if it is everything in a restaurant.That's when we learned that they have just opened a few months ago but are actually planning to move to the 2nd floor of the restaurant next to it to maximize space.Such is the explanation for the conservative interior.
my favorite!--- Yam Pla Duk Fu (Thai Crispy Fish with Green Mango Salad)
I am not sure if they want to capitalize on this affordability but I was really surprised at how low the prices of food are.I have this habit of "price tagging" food based on taste and the quality of food they serve in Bai Yok given the serving sizes is really cheap.I wouldn't mind paying and additional 20 or 30 pesos for most of the food we tried.
As AUTHENTIC as it could get
Every restaurant want's its food to be as authentic as possible.The owner of Bai Yok admitted to us that they are continuously improving their menu to get close to that authentic thai taste.Here's what we tried---
Pad Thai -- 200php
Pia Tord ---140php
Tom Yam Kung--230php
Khao Pad Kra Pi (bagoong rice)--145php (small)
Yam Pla Duk Fu (Thai Crispy Fish with Green Mango Salad)-- 200php
Thai Milk Tea--85php
Tom Yam Kung
Ampalaya Shake and Tamarind Shake
It was John who first made a sip of Tamarind shake and he instantly like it.I would like to directly quote what he said ...... "This one should be your selling point, something unique, something extraordinary. This one alone can make your restaurant great"
I also tried it of course and I was surprised at how Bai Yok is able to perfect the mix of a cold drink with the right sweetness and a kick of sourness.It was something I never tasted before.I am sure adults and kids alike will love it.Ampalaya shake was also a surprise,just the right spirit of ampalaya in a cold drink and you will hardly notice the bitter taste.These two drinks will definitely make Bai Yok a by word,not just for Thai Food but for these drinks.Never miss em!
Tamarind Shake --110php
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