Regal Thai Fare at Just Thai, Bonifacio Global City (BGC, Taguig City)

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Last Monday, Kenny of LifeisKulayful.com invited select bloggers to have a taste of what Thai restaurant, Just Thai, has to offer. The restaurant is located at Burgos Circle in BGC, Taguig, but also has another branch in Molito, Alabang. Since we didn’t have the time to travel to Alabang, we opted to have dinner at Just Thai’s BGC branch instead.

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Ambiance

Rudstin, Shawn and I arrived early for our dinner appointment at 7 PM, so we had quite some time to kill. After being ushered to our table on the second floor, we explored the restaurant and took photos of every nook and cranny of the place, in usual blogger fashion. The restaurant was dimly lit, so I found it quite challenging to take decent photos of the food. But the choice of lighting is a big contributing factor in the ambiance of the place. Other than that, the embellishments lent authenticity to the restaurant. Even in the small details, ie. the napkin holder, Just Thai exuded elegance and class.

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Food While waiting for our other friends to arrive, we ordered Thai Iced Tea and started our evening with their Beef Salad. I was surprised to find out that all the invited bloggers, except for me, are allergic to seafood. It’s a good thing Just Thai had a wide variety of dishes to cater to people who are very selective when it comes to dining (vegetarians and seafood-averse guests).

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Beef Salad (Php 430)

Many people equate Thai food with spice levels over 9000. This means, if you’re not a fan of spicy foods, you will not be forced into eating dinner at a Thai restaurant. It was a good thing that Just Thai asks their customers if they want their dishes regularly spicy, less spicy, or not at all! At least people who are not good at handling spicy dishes can still get to enjoy Thai cuisine. Despite this, we spice-loving people went ahead and asked for their worst spice level. Take for example, the Beef Salad. It was a great mix of onions, cabbages, tomato and cucumber slices, and a hefty mound of spiced ground beef. One of us almost choked to tears, surprised at how spicy it was. It was moderately spicy for me, but if you’re not expecting it, you might become overwhelmed by how spicy the dish is. Apart from that, the beef tasted sweet. There were four of us who shared the salad, but we ordered another round because we liked how well-flavored it was.

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Tom Yum (Php 190)

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Kuia Tiao Nena / Beef Noodle Soup (Php 280)

We had our fill of warm soup after finishing off the salad. I had the Tom Yum, which was both spicy and sour to the taste. Known as a crowd favorite in Thai restaurants, Just Thai takes pride in their soup (and in most, if not all of their dishes) for being prepared with only fresh ingredients imported from Thailand. The boys, on the other hand, could not take one sip of the Tom Yum because it had prawns. They had the Beef Noodle Soup instead.

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Gai Sate / Chicken Sate (Php 290)

The Chicken Sate, which was essentially skewered chicken marinated in curried coconut milk, was undeniably one of my favorites! I am partial to anything curry-flavored, and the Gai Sate really absorbed the flavor of curry. The peanut sauce provided sweetness and a contrasting flavor.

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Squid in Garlic and Pepper (Php 300)

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Chicken in Basil (Php 290)

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Chicken in Cashew (Php 380)

The Squid in Garlic and Pepper made for a really chewy viand, with the thick squid sliced into bite-sized pieces. Between the Chicken in Basil and the Chicken in Cashew, I favored the Chicken in Basil better. Both dishes have the same sauce base, but the Chicken in Cashew had a strong ginger taste coupled with the flavor of cashew nuts. On the other hand, the Chicken in Basil had an herby quality, and the flavor and texture played better with my taste buds.

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Pad Thai (Php 280)

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Bagoong Rice (Php 250)

If you frequent Thai restaurants, you’d know that Pad Thai is a staple in these joints. It’s not only one of Thailand’s national dishes, but also one of their tastiest, too. The Pad Thai consists of stir-fried rice noodles, mixed in with eggs, tamarind juice, chili, peanuts, coriander, and lime. For some reason, I never really liked the Pad Thais I’ve tasted before, until now. Just Thai’s version of the popular noodle dish resulted in a saucy sweet and sour noodle dish. This would be my carb of choice the next time I’m at Just Thai. For people who cannot eat without rice, you might want to try the Bagoong Rice. The sweet pork in the dish coupled with the thin green mango slice and shrimp paste made it so irresistible, even for me who’s not a big rice eater. Unlike other Bagoong Rice, it’s not overwhelmingly salty or flavorful, that it takes the attention away from the main dishes. It complements the viands just perfectly, allowing you to appreciate the flavors of both.

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Pla Rad Prik (Crispy Fillet of Tilapia) Php 395

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Mixed Seafood in Basil (Php 280)

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Grilled Pork in Tamarind Sauce (Php 290)

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Chicken Pandan (Php 290)

One of my favorites was the Crispy Fillet of Tilapia. It’s not the first time I’ve seen it, since most Thai restaurants also include it in their menu. However, I enjoyed eating the bite-sized bread-battered and fried slices of the Tilapia fillet. The Mixed Seafood in Basil packed in prawns, mussels and squid into a creamy and flavorful sauce base. The Chicken Pandan proved to be another crowd favorite. Served wrapped with pandan leaves, the pandan-flavored chicken made a good choice of viand. I did prefer the sweet and sour sauce over the tamarind-flavored one, because the sweet and sour sauce complemented the chicken better. Lastly, the Grilled Pork, more popularly known to us Filipinos as the Liempo, was welcomed warmly because of its familiar flavor matched with the delciious Thai tamarind sauce. The tamarind sauce makes everything interesting. I wonder what other dishes can be paired with it?

Tha Kho (Coconut Pudding) Php 140

Sticky Rice and Mango (Php 260)

The reason why I love Thai desserts so much is because it’s not overwhelmingly sweet nor covered with sugar for you to enjoy it. Just Thai’s creamy Coconut Pudding is akin to the Pinoy Maja Blanca, and even has corn pieces in it. It was the first dessert we attacked, because we couldn’t bear to destroy the beautiful plating of the Sticky Rice and Mango. Just look at how much effort was put into putting together and shaping mango slices just so that it would look like a rose in full bloom. Gah, it’s not only attractive, it was delicious, too. The Sticky Rice and Mango happens to be ym favorite Thai dessert, and most Thai restaurants have it. This, however, was the first time I’ve seen it served so artistically, I literally hesitated on eating it. The sticky rice has been smothered with countless sesame seeds to provide additional texture to the rice, and was sweetened by the coconut sauce served separately. That way, you get to control how sweet you want your dessert to be.

(Left) Thai Iced Tea – Php 80; (Right) Lemongrass Juice (Php 80)

For the drinks, I had the Thai Iced Tea for my first thirst quencher, and the Lemongrass Juice for my second glass of drinks. Thai Iced Tea usually has a peculiar orange in color because of the food coloring they include in the mix. And it doesn’t taste liked Iced Tea at all! Milk tea fans would be delighted to know that the Thai Iced Tea tastes a lot like milk tea. As for the Lemongrass Juice, it was a refreshing choice of beverage and suited my taste buds better after I’ve had so much to eat.

We stayed until 11 in the evening and found most customers lounged and enjoyed the ambiance enough to stay long after finishing their meal. It was a great place to dine and bond. Not to mention, the staff was very helpful with our requests (requests such as group photos from time to time, among other favors) which made our experience all the more relaxing.

Price Range: Php 400-700/meal

I had a wonderful dining experience at Just Thai, and I would recommend you try it for yourselves, especially if you’re a big fan of Thai food! There are so many more dishes I’m keen on trying, so I’m going to come back with my non-Thai food-loving friends. Just Thai is a great restaurant for those who are still in the dark about how wonderfully delicious Thai fare is, because the great food and awe-inspiring ambiance makes it easy to convert them into Thai fans without much struggle.-HANA

Just Thai – BGC Branch
Forbestown, Burgos Circle, The Fort, Taguig City
Open from Mon – Sun: 11 AM – 10 PM
Contact No: 403-8718 | E-mail: thai.fort@gmail.com
*Just Thai has two other branches: Prism Plaza, TwoE-Com Center, Manila Bay (near MOA), and the other at Molito Lifestyle Center, Alabang
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