Wednesday, June 10, 2009

U.P.'s Thai Canteen has resurfaced at Ortigas Home Depot

Today was a good day! I had lunch with my college friend Ella, who's a lawyer by profession but a writer at heart. To make our lunch extra special we decided to have a bite at Khao Pad (formerly known as "U.P's Thai Canteen", which recently resurfaced at the Ortigas Home Depot).

Rewind to the past
During our college days at the School of Economics, we and our friends used to walk over to the IC (International Center) and have good yet cheap Thai food. Budget wasn't necessarily a constraint to eating authentic Thai food.

Then when I was taking my post grad studies, U.P.'s Thai Canteen moved to Balara as a hole-in- wall type of eatery. It was later ejected to give way to a road widening project.

Fast forward to the present
"Mommy" as she is fondly called by U.P. students, was there though a tad bit thinner than the way I remembered her to be. I ordered the Phad Thai while Ella ordered the mixed seafood and rice. The portions can be shared by two if you're not a big eater. We decided to sit at the second floor. The interiors are slightly better than the eateries at the "shopping center" at U.P. so don't expect much in terms of ambiance. But the food is yummy taking into account the cost. I spent P150 for the noodles and a softdrink.

Good food + good company = HAPPY DAY

If you're coming from
Megamall, take Julio Vargas and you'll see the Ortigas Home Depot on your left. Once you see the Starbucks on your left take the first available U-turn slot and turn right at the gate in front of Starbucks. Just go straight - you'll see small restos and watch out for "Khao Pad".


  1. Hello :) I'd like to correct a detailwith regard to your blog:
    * We are located at Ortigas Home Depot, along Julia Vargas Avenue

    Thank you so much and we hope to see you at Khao Pad again :)

  2. Oh thank you Carmela for the correction :-)