3. Benjarong, Manila
Chef Ja and her team craft Thai classics at Benjarong in the heart of Manila.
Dusit Thani Manila
Benjarong may be a type of Thai porcelain that translates as "five colors" but it's also the name of a Manila restaurant where chef Watcharapon Yongbanthom -- also known as "Chef Ja" -- crafts genuine flavors from her homeland.
She and her team can be seen at work in the open kitchen producing dishes such as see krong moo krob wan -- crispy ribs with Sriracha cabbage -- or more familiar classics such as the stir-fried noodle, peanut and bean sprout dish, pad Thai.
A 28-seat bar provides a vantage point for people watching, cocktails and signature Thai drinks, while the combination of Thai cuisine with renowned Filipino hospitality looks set to keep Manileños coming back for more.
Benjarong, Ground Floor, Dusit Thani Manila, Ayala Centre, 1223 Makati City Metro Manila, Philippines; +63 (02) 238 8888