Here are the 10 best authentic Thai SELECT-awarded restaurants in Manila:
1. MOR THAI: Still the Best Authentic Thai Restaurant in Manila!
2. BENJARONG Vol. III: Best Thai Degustation in Manila! (Is it Worth it?)
3. AZUTHAI: Thai Select Awarding Lunch with Thai Ambassador H.E. Tull Traisorat
4. SAMYAN: Authentic Thai Street Food by Chef Tonn
5. MOO BAAN KRUNG THAI: Authentic Thai Restaurant in Marikina City
6. MANGO TREE MANILA: Authentic Thai SELECT Restaurant in BGC!
7. GREYHOUND CAFE: Authentic Thai SELECT Restaurant in SM Aura
8. NARA THAI MANILA: Authentic Thai SELECT Restaurant in Megamall
9. SIAM THAI BBQ: Mookata Style BBQ and Authentic Thai Street Food in Manila
10. THAI BBQ: Authentic Thai SELECT Restaurants in Vertis North and Pasig
1. MOR THAI
Mor Thai is an authentic Thai restaurant in Manila that specializes in hot pot and home-cooked Thai dishes. The restaurant is owned by Chef Nun and Krisanat Boonsriphaprasong, who are from the same Thai family that brought us Siam Aroi. Mor Thai was originally a hole-in-the-wall restaurant along Jupiter Street, but it has since moved to a larger location at the MET LIVE mall. The restaurant is known for its hot pot dishes, which are served on brass pots (also known as golden hot pot).
MOR THAI 泰国餐厅-地道
📍Second floor, MET LIVE , EDSA Ext. cor.
Macapagal, Metro Park, Bay Area, Pasay City
📞 +63 999 936 1665
♾️ MOR THAI 泰国餐厅-地道
Benjarong Experience Vol. III is the last part of the Thai Degustation trilogy by Chef Watcharaphon “Ja” Yongbanthom. This third iteration is a collaboration with Chef Bo Songvisava and Dylan Jones of the Michelin-starred Bo.lan in Bangkok. It features authentic Thai recipes inspired by Chef Ja’s latest culinary trip back to her roots, with innovative local adaptations.
Vol. III is a more delicious experience than the second version because of the unique recipes that are rooted in authentic Thai culinary stories. The second version was more aesthetically pleasing in terms of the menu and interactive presentations, but it lacked the depth of flavor and cultural authenticity of Vol. III.
📍Ground Floor, Dusit Thani Manila, Ayala Center, Makati
☎️ + 63 (2) 7238 8888, Ext. 8430 or 8838
📞 +63 917 828-6912
AzuThai is an authentic Thai restaurant in Makati that was established in 2008 by Chef J. Gamboa and Malu G. Lindo of the Milky Way family. In 2017, it became one of the first restaurants in the Philippines to be certified by the Royal Thai Government with the Thai SELECT Seal, which recognizes the authenticity of its Thai food and ingredients. AzuThai serves homestyle Thai cuisine prepared by its Thai chefs in an elegant setting that evokes the feeling of dining in a Thai home.
📍MilkyWay Building, 900 Arnaiz Ave.
corner Paseo de Roxas, Makati City
☎ +632 8817-6752, 8813-0671
📞+63 927 136-1306
Samyan serves authentic Thai street food crafted by Chef ThiTid “Tonn” Tassanakajohn, renowned for his excellence at Le Du Bangkok, and rooted in the cherished recipes of Baan Thai’s home-cooked family dishes. The name takes inspiration from an intersection and its adjacent neighborhood in bustling Bangkok, Thailand.
5. MOO BAAN KRUNG THAI
Moo Baan Krung Thai stands as one of the country’s most enduring and authentic Thai restaurants, having been located in Marikina for 38 years. Founded by Beatriz “Betty” Srimata and her Thai husband, Chef Sorn, it began as a modest stall in the public market before blossoming into a cozy Thai restaurant at Marikina’s Liwasang Kalayaan.
MOO BAAN KRUNG THAI
📍 76 L4 Blk5 Liwasang Kalayaan,
Marikina Heights, Marikina City
📩 +63 2 634 9386
♾️ Krung Thai Moo Baan Restaurant
6. MANGO TREE MANILA
Mango Tree Manila is a world-class Thai restaurant franchised by restaurateurs Eric and Emelda Teng. It showcases the best of all four regions of Thailand, and its flagship branch at Bonifacio High Street Central is certified by Thai SELECT Philippines for its authentic ingredients and flavors. A casual fine dining restaurant with the tagline “Thai Cuisine at its Best”, it is headed by a seasoned Thai Chef to maintain its Thai authenticity.
7. GREYHOUND CAFE
Greyhound Cafe is known for its modern take on authentic Thai cuisine, inspired by its fashion roots and Bangkok street food vibes. The flagship SM Aura branch was recently awarded the Thai SELECT Authentic Seal of approval, which means that they use ingredients sourced from Thailand, have a Thai chef in the kitchen, and provide the Royal Thai Brand of hospitality.
8. NARA THAI
Nara Thai, a Bangkok-based restaurant that was voted the city’s best in 2003, has a Manila branch that is certified with a Thai SELECT seal from the Royal Thai embassy. The restaurant’s name is a tribute to one of its founders, Narawadee Srikarnchana. The Philippine franchise was launched in 2018 by Filipina entrepreneur Sheila Romero, and it continues to offer authentic Thai cuisine with time-tested recipes and new innovations..
9. SIAM THAI
Siam Thai is a casual Thai restaurant in Kapitolyo that offers Mookata, a hybrid hotpot and grill. They are the first to bring the Mookata Thai BBQ Grill experience to Manila, and they pay tribute to Thailand’s classic dishes and rich culinary culture. They are also known as a beer garden (inhuman place) and sports bar for their local brews and basketball games.
10. THAI BBQ
Thai BBQ Manila is an American franchise with branches in Los Angeles and Manila. They serve authentic Thai cuisine using high-quality ingredients and offer the biggest portions among all Thai restaurants in the metro. Thai BBQ Vertis North and Thai BBQ Tiendesitas have been awarded the prestigious Thai SELECT recognition by the Ministry of Commerce, the Royal Thai Government.
Thai BBQ Vertis North
📍Level 2 Ayala Malls Vertis North, North Avenue, Quezon City
📱+63 917 111-1990
Thai BBQ Tiendesitas
📍Inside Rico’s Lechon, Level 1 Food Village Bldg. B Tiendesitas, Ortigas East, Pasig City
📞 +632 8234-9996
📱+63 917 895 0000
ABOUT THAI SELECT
The Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, the Royal Thai Government has launched the “Thai SELECT” program to certify and promote authentic Thai cuisine around the world.
It is a seal of approval granted to Thai restaurants (both overseas and local Thai restaurants that serve authentic Thai food) and processed Thai food products.
The objective is to create the recognition of quality Thai restaurants and processed Thai food products as well as to encourage Thai restaurateurs and food producers to raise their quality while maintaining authenticity.