CHECK IT OUT: Thai Resa on NS Amoranto St., Quezon City
A new place for fresh and hearty Thai food.
NS Amoranto (formerly Retiro) corner Iriga St., Quezon City
Tel No. 254-9474
Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily
(SPOT.ph) The choice to eat Thai food is to choose to overwhelm your senses. Your skin tingles as the heat of the food rushes through your body while your sense of taste becomes overwhelmed by the explosion of strong flavors that punch you right in the guts, and you are left a happy (albeit sweaty) eater.
To say that this is what Thai Resa offers is a bit of an understatement. Found a few blocks away from Lourdes Church in La Loma, it's surprising to find that this little magenta eatery serves such good eats. Husband-and-wife owners Willie and Theresa Yu have mastered the art of authentic Thai cuisine, and we were lucky enough to experience it as it should be-at a fair price, in a casual environment. The restaurant is small, but charmingly so. Ceiling fans and bright lights keep the place comfortable, and remind you that restaurants in Thailand that serve the same food have the same hole-in-the-wall feel.
To offset the heat, Thai Milk Tea (P30) is the way to go. Sweet and cold, the tea is brewed in-store. Then, there is their must-try dish, the Catfish with Green Mango Salad (P130). Tangy green mango is tossed with a special sauce and topped with crispy, fried catfish flakes. As all their menu items are good for two, so you can only imagine how much food was on our table.
For the main course, we sampled the Squid with Basil (P130) alongside their Thai Fried Rice (P130). We thought the squid might be gummy, but this was surprisingly easy to eat! Swimming in fresh basil sauce, it was perfectly paired with the fried rice, loaded with chicken, tomatoes and onions.
But, of course, we have to save the best dishes for last. Placed on our table was a gigantic bowl of Tom Yum (P130), a classic Thai seafood soup. Made with homegrown herbs, the soup smelled fragrant and sweet and tasted even better. The soup itself is loaded with pieces of fresh shrimp, as it was meant to be made. With a sour kick and a pleasant spiciness, the Tom Yum soup was our favorite of the night. Last, but definitely not the least, on our list was their serving of Chicken Red Curry (P120). Another winning dish of the night, we hear that it's made with the store's own blend of Thai powders and spices, with creamy coconut milk to balance the flavors. Served with eggplant and moist chicken, we wished we could have had more!