One of the things I missed, being sick and confined mostly in the house in Valenzuela City for the last six weeks, is exploring the central business districts. I did go to Makati a couple of times, but those were limited to visits to the BPI branch across the building where I used to work, and a visit to my former workplace to get clearance (my resignation took effect on September 27).
I’m supposed to have surgery sometime later this month, but as I continue to feel better and more bored staying at home, I find the perfect excuse to go to Bonifacio Global City, another place I used to frequent when I was a Makati employee. A Lonely Planet title I was waiting for months finally became available at the BGC branch of Fully Booked, so I went there with the idea of getting the book and eating lunch somewhere in the area.
And it’s why I find myself in this corner of Taguig: a casual Thai restaurant in SM Aura. Tamarind has the same owner as Jatujak, though this is more upscale. The restaurant also has a dedicated vegan menu, which is good as I’m watching a low-fat diet to avoid further liver and gallbladder problems.
I start with the Tofu Salad with Chili Sauce, which is what also usually order in Jatujak. Composed of tofu, mung bean sprouts, and crushed peanut drenched in sweet chili sauce, it’s a delicious starter filling enough that it can be a meal unto itself, especially since its meant to feed two people.
For the main course, I bypass my go-to item, which is pad thai, since it is usually served oily. Instead, I opt for the Tofu & Vegetable Green Curry so that I can stockpile on fiber. The dish’s spice level catches me off-guard, though, but I’m not complaining. I love my meal spicy, acidic stomach be darned.
Tamarind: Taste of Thai
5/F, SM Aura Premier, C5 Road Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City