The Place, Service, System:
Beautiful place. Pleasant interior design, not shabby at all. Friendly service could do with some more training. My group of 9 ordered a lot and it seems to me the kitchen couldn't handle it as orders were taking TOO LONG to arrive; rice arrived before the main courses and got cold when they did arrive. Tsk tsk.
Being a foodie, a cook, and a fan of Thai food. ( yes I make my own curry pastes from scratch) it abhorred me how the Tom yum goong looked and tasted. Too pale. Shrimp was overcooked. Weak taste. And I saw chili flakes ( c'mon pastes aren't hard to make). It lacked the red hued oil ( which if paste was used wouldve formed on top of the soup) that would've made the dish more attractive. And there were white specs floating in the soup. I appreciate the use of gAlangal an attempt at making the soup taste more authentic.
The fish cakes were okay, tasted a bit like fish balls (fish balls are a rounded fish cakes here in the Philippines) though but better.
Pad Thai was good. The crispy pata was as good as they come nothing extraordinary.
Wouldnt be the first restaurant I'd recommend here in Davao. But bottom line is it's not a bad restaurant. It's just not that good. Referring to DAVE MATTHEWS song it's in a "Space Between".
Posted a photo of the Tom yum too.