There are three things I check out first when I arrive in any of my travel destination: where to eat, where to have a massage, and what to see, in that order. Thus, when I found myself in Cagayan de Oro this month for work, I immediately set out to find good places to eat.
While I have never written about restaurants before in this travel blog—I have a separate food blog—I can’t stop myself from writing about Siam Thai Cuisine of the Krua Thai chain, in my opinion the best Thai restaurant in the Philippines! It only opened in Cagayan de Oro in 2010, but it also has two other branches in Cebu City.
I had eaten in a lot of Thai restaurants in Manila, but I never found one that could match the excellence of Siam Thai Cuisine—the interior of the restaurant is bright and clean, the serving of each dish is big enough for 2-3 persons, the food presentation good, and the taste especially is excellent. The spices they use seem fresh, and we couldn’t find fault with any of the food we ordered. It seems that they have a very good Thai cook (maybe even a chef); the other Thai restaurants pale in comparison. I warn you though; when they say it’s spicy, it’s really spicy!
My boyfriend K and I ate there four days out of the five we stayed in Cagayan. We sampled several items, and we couldn’t say anything bad about any of them. The waiters were very well trained too. On our second time to eat there, they already acknowledged us, knowing beforehand what drinks we would order. It can really make a customer feel valued.
Budget is about mid-range. For every meal, we usually had one fried rice (good for two, P85), one salad (~P150), one main dish (~P250-350), and two drinks. Our bill was usually around P700-800; good enough, considering the quality of the dishes and the fact that we always gave them two thumbs up after every meal.
I loved the glass noodle salad (so spicy it made my tongue numb!), som tam salad (papaya salad), the spicy seafood salad, the tom yum goong soup, and the various seafood dishes we ordered. You basically can’t order wrong in Siam Thai, and we loved it that we could choose anything there and be completely satisfied!
So if you’re ever in Cagayan de Oro City, never miss out to eat in Siam Thai Cuisine even just once. It’s located in Limketkai Mall in the Rosario Arcade.
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There are a lot of amazing restaurant in Cagayan de Oro that offers delicious Thai Cuisine and other delicacies. Thai Me up serves great Thai foods.Bigby’s Cafe and Restaurant offers mouth watering baby backrib. Redtail Shrimps & More serves best sea foods ever.
Try Jatujak at SM Megmall or MOA 🙂
No wonder the name sounds familiar, we recently dined in the same restaurant in Iloilo last week. I was able to tolerate some of the dishes but the others were really colds-inducing-spicy! 🙂
im not a fan of Thai food, but these seems delicioso!
Definitely, if I go to CDO, I will go to this place. Thanks for letting us know about this.
@ Traveling Morion: Thai food is not really fattening. They are not heavy on cream and sugary foods. Plus all the spices speed up the metabolism. That’s why majority of Thai women are slim!
@ Tsinoy Foodies: Yup, this resto is really a treat!
I’m convinced with your gorgeous photos! I will definitely note this down!
huhuhu the foods looks yummy, nagdadalawang isip n tlaga aq sa diet na to! hope mapunthan q din to sa CDO when i go their this quarter,,, thai cuisine is realy good,,, i remember during our 6 days stay in bangladesh thai food lng kinakain nmin( kc indi namin masikmura ang bangla foods jejeje)
@ Sionee / Michelle: Yes, you’d love it!
@ Redamethyst: Go go go 🙂
@ Clint: Thanks!
I haven’t been to CDO, but the restaurants look good. I love seafoods too! Nice entry you got here. 🙂
haven’t tried thai cuisine, but these pictures looks so delicious. I might try thai dishes in the future.
Thanks for the info I need this!
Shucks that tom yum looks sooooo good! My mouth is watering just by looking at the photos! I can almost imagine tasting it! Hehehe Craving na ito! Never been to CDO but you’ve convinced me to drop by this place if ever I go there! 😀
where to eat is the first question whenever i’m in a place new to me. I wish to visit CDO soon..thanks for this post! 🙂
@ Joy: Yup, this place is certainly worth it!
@ Tatess: I want to learn how to cook it too, although my problem here is that the ingredients are not readily available.
@ Dennis: Unfortunately they don’t have a branch here in Manila. Too bad 🙁
@ Michi! Yup!
hindi ko pa natry ang thai cuisine but because of your post, i would love to try their food. =)
thai food is one of my favorite cuisine.the last time I ate thai food in the Philippines was at Suko Thai in Mega mall years back.Qatar and KSA has thai resto that i used to visit.Now that i am in the US at the middle of nowhere,I just cook when ever I crave for it.
meron kayang branch to sa manila? mukahgn masarap and the budget is not that high 0_o
it’s good to know that there are a lot of good restaurants to dine-in in any part of our country nowadays, if ever i will have the chance to go there, i surely will try it 🙂
@ Ed: I hope it wasn’t damaged during the storm. It’s really a treat to eat there!
sayang di ko toh naabutan. next time! pero mas excited ako for an upcoming trip to BKK. thanks for sharing this info. at least may one restaurant akong pwedeng daanan when i get back to CDO! 😀
@ Ding: Isn’t Bigby’s a fastfood restaurant? LOL When you eat at Siam Thai, you’ll find out what the difference is between a fastfood and a “real” restaurant, aside from the price hehe
meron na akong pamalit sa Bigby’s! thanks for sharing…
@ Mervz: Sinabi mo pa!
tataba ako lalo dyan… hehehe! sarap ng food! 🙂
@ BPS: We went to Camiguin from CDO but unfortunately we didn’t get to go to the hot springs (or massage) in Ardent. I dived that day instead and he snorkeled in the White Island 🙂 They don’t have a meal good for one ata, but I’m not sure.
Pareho tayo, laging massage ang hanap per out of town trip! Have you tried yung massage sa Ardent in Camiguin? The masseuse named Liza is very good.
I must try this place, sana may meals sila na good for 1. Parang bento style. 🙂
@ Gael: Yup. That’s not really our table though. I just used him as props hehe. Do go there if you’re in CDO. I swear, the best talaga sya.
naks! si boyfie ba yun? heheh yun tlga napansin ko eh. sarap ng food naman jan., sana makarating ako sa CDO soon. hehe
@ Willie: Thai food is VERY delicious. I had it everyday in Cagayan de Oro and I loved it!
@ Air: Done!
@ Claire: It was really the best Thai resto I’ve been to. Too bad they’re not in Manila yet.
My gosh, I could eat here everyday and love every moment of it 🙂 Now craving for tom yum goong!
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The foods look very delicious. Thai foods looks very tempting.
@ Eileen! Miss your boundless energy too! Hope we could travel again soon!
@ Gino: I don’t eat much meat nowadays. Why is it called chicken proven?
street food ang tirada ko sa CDO. Sarap ng chicken proven nila.
It’s been such a long time since I lingered around in CDO!
Although my fave thai resto has to be the homey Ning’s Thai in los banos (more for the comfort food level than authenticity – not that id know what authentic thai food really tastes like)
I miss you na! you and your temporary hold up of just-served food for photos! 😀