Wednesday, July 27, 2011

NAV Modern Thai Cuisine

There's a serious shortage of good Thai restaurants in Manila.
I can only count a few ... Thai At Silk (Serendra), People's Palace (Greenbelt), Som's (Rockwell and Mandaluyong), Spices (The Peninsula Manila). These are the ones I go back to whenever I crave for Thai food.
For those who live in the Pasig/Ortigas Center/Mandaluyong area, really good Thai food is now within your reach. NAV Modern Thai Cuisine in Bo. Kapitolyo, Pasig is only a few months old but everytime I drive by, I notice that they're always busy. From outside, it looks a bit compact. I was surprised to find that there's actually an upper/mezzanine level.
I got to try the place out for the first time tonight. Unfortunately, I didn't get to take a photo of the restaurant's facade because it was raining a bit hard.

This is the ground floor

And this is where we positioned ourselves, on the upper level

This set of spices can be found on every table

Wine, too

To start us off on this palatable experience, we had these

Thai Iced Tea

Fresh Pandan with Honey

NAV's Pomelo Salad with Spiked Chicken and Coco Lime Dressing

Son In Law Eggs, deep fried with Tamarind Syrup
Catchy name! This one's a must-try!

Crab Cakes with Homemade Sweet Chili

Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce and Homemade Sweet Chili

Crisped Catfish Salad with Green Mangoes

Our Main Dishes for the evening

Wok Fry Fresh Vegetables with Crispy Noodles

NAV's Bagoong Rice
Approximately Php 280

Wok Fry Squid with Sweet Soy Chili Galangal

Red Curry Pork and Eggplants

Wok Fry Tender Pork with Lemongrass Basil

I honestly have never tasted this in any Thai restaurant before

Bananas, Chocolate Ganache, Roasted Coconut Flakes with Coconut Cream on the side
To say that this was yummy is truly an understatement!
It was so good, I forgot to take note of the price LOL!
But I'm almost sure this doesn't cost more than Php200.00

Some personal notes I made that are worth sharing :

- although some dishes fall in the Appetizer/Starter category, they are actually big enough to be eaten as main course
- the main course servings are very generous, each of them is good for atleast 3 pax if you're not heavy eaters
- if you don't like spicy food at all or if the kids are with you (like mine were), you can request some dishes to not be spicy at all

I made sure to include the prices here to let everyone know that this place is really worth a visit. This is a very classy "hole in the wall", which I'm sure will soon attract nearby residents and corporate people.

NAV Modern Thai Cuisine is at
United St. Bo. Kapitolyo, Pasig
Beside Uncle Moe's and Slice 'n Dice
Open from Sundays to Thursdays 11am to 11pm
Fridays and Saturdays 11am to 12 midnight
Call them at 655 8395 if you wish to inquire or reserve a table


  1. great photos Patty! very appetizing! will venture when the weather clears.

  2. Thanks, Bea! The food is just as good as they look in the photos. Please drop by when you can ha? :)

  3. Nice photos! I've only eaten here once. Great food, excellent service and the prices are affordable.

  4. Sullivan, thank you for the kind words :)

  5. I love Thai food, so even if I live in BF Pque, I'll be sure to try this resto soon. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Trisha, thanks! I guarantee it will be worth the trip :)

  7. went there last night. food was great! your blog really helped. it really whetted my appetite. just a friendly/constructive suggestion if you could relay to the owner of the resto. the alley leading to the cr (common) scared one of my friends. accdg to my friend, it's dark going there (suggest bright lighting/more lights) and they should remove the statue near the cr (which makes the area leading to the cr scarier).

  8. Ronnie, happy to be of help! I'm not sure if the restrooms are NAV's or the building's (since they're situated outside of the resto). But rest assured, your comment/s will be relayed.