Today’s restaurant review is written by Alesah. My wonderful marketing manager has also been able to secure a fantastic giveaway for the Gourmet Getaways audience. So enjoy the Celadon Thai review, and good luck with the competition at the end of the story.
Celadon Thai- Contemporary Thai Cuisine
I first saw Celadon Thai Restaurant advertised on local TV. I told myself, “Oh, just another Thai Restaurant jumping on the bandwagon…”
Fast forward a few weeks and I found myself going for a routine check-up near Celadon Thai, at a medical centre in Makati, Philippines. Having fasted for 12 hours, you can imagine how loud the borborygmy (my new favourite medical term, lol!) was during and after all the tests had been done. For the benefit of those who are curious, borborygmy is the medical term for stomach rumbling, growling or gurgling. My tummy was doing all those things very LOUDLY!
After the test I decided to go for some predictable Thai food – or so I thought! ! I had been told Celadon was located outside the mall. Thankfully it was less than five minutes of strolling. I didn’t want to prolong my hunger agony so I asked for directions. My tummy rumbling were growing louder and I was getting embarrassed.
I turned to the right seeing a row of restaurants, then to the left with more restaurants in sight! Intuitively, I went right and after just a few steps, Thai decor caught my eye. Finding Celadon Thai wasn’t difficult, it’s located outside the mall, near a main entrance.
For one second, my stomach stopped complaining.
Inside I was greeted by a smiling waiter, but was astonished by his question.
“Do you have a reservation, Ma’am?” I glanced at the time which said “11:30 AM”. Still puzzled, I answered no. The kind gentleman immediately took two chairs and a table from a previous setting and led me to a seat. It all made sense when I looked around. Two tables were occupied. Around six more tables had no occupants but were all labeled “RESERVED”.
That early and all tables expecting guests soon? I was impressed!
Having seen the ad on TV, I already knew I wanted to try the Pad Thai and a few other dishes.
I ordered quickly and meals were promised in 15 minutes, thankfully the time flew.
I was pleased to be able to drink some cold, refreshing, sweet thirst quencher. Pandan was no doubt the perfect choice based on my parameters. What’s great is that this drink doesn’t come sweet. You control the sweetness by doing the honour of pouring sugar syrup served in a separate short glass.
As I waited on my meal, the room filled with people.
Then came my salad. This Mango Apple salad is by far the best salad of its kind I have tasted in my life, I swear! We chose the topping – crispy pork flakes that complemented well with the sweet-sour-spicy salad. I could finish 2 plates in a row of this!
I instantly straightened up when I saw the Pad Thai being brought from the kitchen. Right before my eyes was such a creative presentation of the dish. The noodles were enclosed in a delicate egg net! The waiter then proceeded to mix everything for me.
My first serving of the Mieng Kam was exploratory, explosive and extraordinary. It was my first time to try this dish and I could say that all the flavours introduced by mankind were in my mouth at that moment :). Though a bit overwhelming, I liked the experience!
At this point I finished my Pandan drink and requested some warm water. It’s time to clear the palate and smile. Do you remember Julie’s write-up on my favourite food motto? STRESSED is just DESSERTS spelled backwards! Time for some Thai sweet stuff, yey!
There weren’t too many to choose from, but since I love tapioca and coconut cream, we ordered two variants of the same ingredients – the Tapioca Coco Pearls and the Takhoo Sakhoo. As it takes a while to layer the pearls, water chestnuts and coconut cream in small pandan cups, the menu is specific that Takhoo Sakhoo is served after 15 minutes.
Both desserts tasted very similar. But the good news is – it’s so addicting you won’t mind scooping over and over again! With just the right amount of sweetness, creaminess and crunchiness courtesy of the water chestnuts, I was plain delighted.
Towards the end of the meal I realised I had judged too fast. This Thai restaurant is definitely not mainstream, not simply jumping on the bandwagon, and certainly not predictable.
Thanks to the lovely and generous Julie Carlyle for allowing me to share this gastronomic guest review for my beloved, Gourmet Getaways. Till my next getaway!
Oops, I nearly forgot, for my first post I would like our dear readers to experience the same gustatory delight I had with Celadon. Celadon Contem-porary Thai Cuisine and Gourmet Getaways are giving away not one but TWO gift certificates worth P2,500 (approx. AU $60) each.
Celadon RockwellUnit 145 R1 Level Lopez Drive Rockwell Tel (63) 2 8981305; (63) 9178289115