Soi Thai Restaurant
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Soi Thai Restaurant: A Taste of Thailand in the Philippines

Correct me if I’m wrong: When we go out to have lunch or dinner with friends, we always ask the golden question “San tayo kakain?” And most of the time, we would answer “Okay lang ako kahit saan” so you’ll end up more confused on where to eat. Lol.

This is how me and my friends ended at Soi, a Thai-inspired restaurant. In Thailand, Soi is a side-street that’s branching off a major street. (1) So maybe the food they serve are those that are typically found in sois—authentic food that’s inexpensive. Well, we’re about to find out.

Soi Thai Restaurant Menu

They feature a wide range of Thai food, from pad thai, tom yum, seafood curry, satay, and more. None of us has experienced traveling to Thailand yet (but we have a scheduled Indochina trip that will cover BKK soon) so we’re kind of unsure of what to expect in Thai cuisine aside from it being spicy.

Here’s some photos of their menu.

tom yam

Pad thai

Soi specialties

What We Ordered

Aside from our overall feedback, we’ll also be rating the dish based on stars. This is just based on our dining experience and will be different to yours. Here’s a quick run through of the possible ratings:

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1. Egg Noodles with Roasted Pork & Wanton

Egg Noodles with Roasted Pork & Wanton

Feedback: I liked it because it’s full of flavor. It reminded me of an upgraded wonton noodle soup from Chowking because it has pork and more vegetables. The taste is somehow the same, however, Soi’s a little bit more salty. Serving’s good up to 5, with one small bowl each.

Our Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

2. Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Pad Thai

Feedback: Pad Thai is probably the most popular Thai food, so we opted to try it out. It looks beautifully wrapped with its garnish on the side as seen on the menu. For the taste, it was good, but nothing extraordinary. Not too sweet and not spicy. I’m curious on how this really tastes like in Thailand.

Our Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

3. Pork Satay

Pork Satay

Feedback: All of us agreed that Soi’s Pork Satay is worth ordering. It’s not your ordinary pork barbeque. It’s infused with different spices that makes it taste uniquely Thailand. Sauce included was not spicy. Overall, we enjoyed this dish.

Our Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

4. Fried Spring Roll

Thai Spring Rolls

Feedback: The spring roll tastes good and can be compared to our local lumpiang shanghai. There’s nothing special in the flavor but yeah, we didn’t expect anything extraordinary when we ordered this one. But what I liked here the most is the dip which was sweet.

Our Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

5. Seafood in Yellow Curry

Soi curry

*Our photo wasn’t captured apparently so I’m posting the menu instead. Seafood curry’s on the upper left corner of the menu. This was the last dish that was served.*

Feedback: The presentation looks pretty much the same in the menu except we thought that the serving would be bigger. The dish was alright. The curry taste is not as strong as what I have expected. But if they made it more flavorful, I would know that it’s a Thai dish I’m eating.

Our Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

6. Vegetarian Fried Rice

Thai Vegetable Fried Rice

Feedback: Since we didn’t order any vegetable dishes, we decided to get the vegetarian fried rice to balance it out with the rest of the food. It was good and I prefer it to other rice dishes with strong flavors such as bagoong or salted fish.

Our Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

FOOD – Overall Rating : ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

Other Things You Need to Know About Soi

Soi Thai Restaurant SM Fairview

1. Service

They were kind enough to give us nuts to munch on while we’re waiting for our food. We got the food we ordered after 30 minutes which was acceptable because there were so many customers that time (Mother’s Day).

But we’ll appreciate it more if they will let us know the status of our order instead of us making a follow-up. If all restaurants do this, I think the whole dining experience would be better.

Our Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

2. Ambience

The interior design of the restaurant (we visited the branch in SM Fairview) gave us Thailand vibes and the music was in Thai too. The missing star is because of the wobbly table. But I think it’s a curse on most restaurants LOL.

Our Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

3. Cost

Adding a 5% service charge, our total bill was P1,602.30. Since we were a group of 5, we paid P320.46 each.

“Nabusog ka ba sa P320?” Umm, it was enough to fill in the space in my stomach. Lol. But not to the point that I was so full. Still had the space for some dessert.

Our Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

4. Branches and Store Hours

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5. Social Media

You can follow them on their social media accounts:

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Soi Thai Restaurant: Our Final Verdict

Overall Feedback: Soi Thai Restaurant did a good job in letting us experience a glimpse of Thai cuisine. We just hoped that the flavors were more authentic (ex. more spicy, stronger curry taste) to make us say that “Yes, this is Thailand”.
Overall Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

If you’re craving for Thai food, or you’re just curious about this cuisine, we recommend that you visit Soi Thai Restaurant. Yes, there were condiments like fish sauce and chili flakes so we can adjust the taste according to our own preference but we hope that the dishes served were good as they are. If there’s a need to add condiments, it shouldn’t be much.

You can order the same food that we got but we strongly suggest that you explore the menu and taste other dishes too. Please be reminded that our feedback might be different with yours so we’d appreciate if you’ll leave us a comment below about your Soi dining experience.

I'm an online freelancer who has a passion for hiking, traveling, and photography. Cham believes that having an adventurous life makes our soul happy and fulfilled. She travels with her super-old Nikon D3100 and her new baby boy, GoPro Hero 7 Black.

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