Established just a few years ago, Thaipan quickly became a favorite amongst foodies in the Quezon City area. Among its many fans are couples who swear by its authentic food and picture-perfect look.
Beautiful and Quiet Ambiance
Aside from the “Thai” syllable in its signage, there's very little in Thaipan that hints of its being a Thai restaurant. Thaipan's clean, fresh, and non-cookie cutter look was designed by the famous Almario sisters who are also part owners of the restaurant.
From the outside, the house-turned-resto nestled along Scout Dr. Lazacano street is all white and vines; it looks more like a garden cafe than a place where you can have mean Thai curries.
Inside the property is no different: more whites, vines, and black accents can be found in the al fresco area. This space is particularly popular for couples. If you want to have dinner here, better call ahead to reserve a spot.
Upstairs is a dining space that's a bit more formal and can accommodate larger parties. A favorite venue for birthdays, meetings, and reunions, Thaipan can all in all sit 150 guests.
Impressive Thai Food Selection
Thaipan's menu is curated by Corazon Padiernos-- a hands-on entrepreneur and globe-trotting culinary enthusiast who has been to the best restaurants all over the world. She may not carry a formal culinary degree but this woman is a hardcore foodie with a more important asset: a discerning and well-trained palate. Together with trained chefs, Cora came up with a Thai menu that's authentic and inventive at the same time.
Couples dining at Thaipan need not spend a lot. Since almost every item in the revamped menu is good for sharing, a filling four-course dinner here would cost around P500 per head. Although the wait staff is knowledgeable and is capable of pairing suggestions, you might want to note of these suggested courses:
Thai Shrimp Cake
Start your meal with Thai Shrimp Cake or Tod Man Kung (P310) served with sweet-chili sauce. The deep-fried flat cakes are crunchy on the outside and juicy in the inside. One plate of this dish is enough to excite two tummies.
As in any great Thai restaurant, you must not miss Thaipan's Tom Yum Talay (Sharing P285; Single P145).
Tom Yum Talay
Its broth has the right balance of sour (kaffir lime leaves) and spicy (chili peppers) called for by this popular lemongrass-based dish. It's also good to note that there's ample serving of fish, shrimps, and mussels in a for-sharing bowl.
If your date can't handle heat, order Thaipan's Pomelo Salad with Chicken or Yam Som O (P315) in place of the Tom Yum. A bestseller, the pomelo salad has impressed many palates with its fresh and sweet pomelo chunks, shredded chicken, and plentiful garlic flakes.
Pomelo Salad with Chicken
Main course can be in the form of Chicken in Yellow Curry (P320) or Cinnamon Pork Ribs/ See Khrong Moo Yaang (P289). The yellow curry is very thick yet only mildly spicy (heat meter: 1 out of 5).
Chicken in Yellow Curry
But if you'd rather pair your Kaffir Fried Rice (P185) with something sweeter, get the cinnamon and lemon-flavored, nicely charred ribs.
Kaffir Fried Rice
Cinnamon Pork Ribs
Sticky rice and mangoes are available for dessert but if you want to try something else, order Thaipan's Banana Fritters in Caramel Sauce (P198) which is made of crispy fried plantains, and paired with homemade coconut ice cream.
Banana Fritters in Caramel Sauce
Located at 120 Sct. Dr. Lazcano, Thaipan is just less than a hundred meters away from Tomas Morato. Although it doesn't have its own parking space, Thaipan has reserved side street parking slots for customers with cars.
If your criteria of a great date place include beautiful ambiance, impressive food, and accessible location, then reserve a table at this QC restaurant. Here, you and your date can experience what Thai food really is (a balanced mix of sour, spicy, salty, and umami) in a serene and fresh setting.