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.