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Dining | One Night in Bangkok Experience in Makati - Sen Lek Thai Noodle

One need not buy an airplane ticket to have a taste of thai noodles.  There is one located in Makati Square called Sen Lek which is near or by far tastes like noodles sold in Thailand.

We found this restaurant by chance as they were located at the second floor of the mall.  The floor which is rarely visited by mall goers.  What we found in this restaurant is a gem of thai food which is a rare find in the metro.

This writer is no fan of spicy foods so when you mention thai dishes, I always ask, is it spicy?  During my visit in Bangkok years back, I noticed there were two choices in their dishes, spicy or sweet.  Nothing in between (or maybe I was not aware of it).  For Sen Lek however, everything starts with no hot spice unless you ask for it as per our experience.

Now for this branch, its a fast food restaurant.  Order your dish at the counter, pay up then wait for your name to be called.  Simple.

I ordered the mixed special noodle for Php100.  They said its a mix of noodles, fat and thin, had slices of beef, wanton and chicken.  Now that's a smorgaboard of flavors in one bowl but nevertheless we took the plunge anyway.

Service.  After I paid for my order, it took around 15 minutes to finally call my name.  Actually prep time is fast, it is just that there were many people ahead of me who ordered thus the wait.  For a small shop, yet with lots of people, 15 minutes is fast service.  

Taste.  I was skeptical at first with the taste if truly it was thai.  I see Filipino cooks and servers behind the counter so how my order will fare with my memory of bangkok?  Although the motifs around the shop were thai, the colors coordination, the spoonfuls of crushed peanuts, they even have the pictures of the royal couple of Thailand, I gave them the benefit of the doubt that they will taste like thai noodles.  In the end, yes, it did taste like thai noodles.  From the soup, to the peanuts, to the noodles.  It had a tinge of thai flavor to which I was glad.  It wasn't that truly authentic but nevertheless I was reminded of Bangkok and this was fine by me.  I guess they tweaked the flavors somehow to satisfy the Filipino palates.  I can't blame them if they did, but the dish served me was just fine.

Price wise.  For Php100 I can't complain.  I had a big bowl of noodles and other thai stuff.  It was fair for the price.  If I eat with no rice, noodles won't suffice.  So I should be getting two bowls to satisfy me.  If you are an average diner, one bowl will suit you well.

If you would like to try something new, and maybe rest your palate from the usual chinese or japanese ramen that looms over Makati, then something Thai will do the trick for you.  Try our Sen Lek Thai Noodles in Makati Square.  They do have other branches when I researched more about them.  They are also located at the Mall of Asia, Don Bosco Paranaque, Forum Robinsons, FTI, Harrison Plaza and Higher Ground Food Station.

For more information about them, visit their Facebook page herein.

Sen Lek Thai Noodle Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato