Having really close good friends is truly one of the great gifts we have in life, which is why I can still vividly remember the first time I had gone out with two of my best friends, Rhona and Shiela. It was at Oody’s, and it was a night that the three of us had one of our bonding sessions. So, when we recently got the chance to go out the other week, we decided to reminisce at Oody’s, order our favorite pandan juice and chat the night away.
The drinks are really the highlight for me at Oody’s Thai Rice, Noodles ‘N Bar even though the food they serve are good as well. And I cannot forget to mention the wonderful ambiance that they have created for their diners. Well lit during the day and candle light during late nights. Good for dates too & social gatherings. The bottomless drinks are definitely a bonus considering how tasty they are.
While we wait for our orders, free snacks were given to us, fried kropeck and spicy nuts! I loved the kropeck a lot but yeah it was a bit salty and that explains why it was more delicious than a normal one. It won’t take as much time waiting because they serve food in a considerable amount of time. Plus, the bottomless drink will really keep you occupied, it’s that good, I promise!
Here are the dishes we ordered:
- Tom Yam Gung – Shrimp (Php 298)
As I had expected, Oody’s version of Tom Yum soup was good. It’s similar to other restaurants, I believe the recipe is more or less the same. Somewhat like a hot and sour soup cooked with lots of herbs and spices. I always choose to have prawns go along with the Tom Yum since I really believe it’s the best ingredient for it.
- Fried Chicken with Lemongrass (Php 188)
A very unique dish. It’s basically just fried chicken chopped into smaller pieces, fried with lemongrass until crispy. If dipped with Oody’s chili sauce, oh so yummy! This is definitely a very unconventional way to have fried chicken. The reason it really is so good is definitely because of the lemon flavor that is infused into the chicken. It was like having some lemon herb chicken. I think this dish could be a bit refined, but maybe just maybe the style of cooking contributes to overall theme of our meal. In any case, this dish still tasted very delicious.
- Pad Thai Shrimp (Php 240)
If you’re in a Thai restaurant and you’re craving for noodles then there’s only one menu item to order, Pad Thai. Oody’s version was full of ingredients and we loved it. Rice noodles with prawns, bean sprouts, egg and chopped peanuts. Tasty and truly satisfying. It was amazing how some dishes really exceeded expectations in terms of presentation and style, and their Pad Thai was really one of those dishes. If their lemongrass chicken was needing more refinement, their Pad Thai definitely made up for it. And yet, the most important part of a Thai restaurant for many people is their Pad Thai, and with Oody’s, they definitely did not disappoint.
- Crabmeat Fried Rice (Php 198)
The presentation and the picture doesn’t give the dish justice. As the rice was just heavenly, though it doesn’t look as delish as intended to be, but if you took a spoonful of it, you would feel that it was one of the tastier fried dishes you’ve ever tried. If you are a regular reader of HeaRty’s Haven, then you would definitely know that fried rice is one of those dishes that I never try to pass up. It’s a dish that I truly love to eat, and sometimes for many restaurants it is the reason I go back. If there is a dish that I would go back to Oody’s for, then maybe it is this dish.
However simple it might be, that’s just the beauty of how simple dishes, when cooked right, cooked to perfection, with the right ingredients, can really pull up a meal. The crabmeat that was added to this fried rice was something that I wouldn’t have thought of, but I am so glad they added on to it. The seasoning was just right, but there was one thing. I wish they had given me more of a portion hahaha :p
- Pandan Juice (Php 75)
I believe I’ve raved much about this during the start of this post. I tell you, the BEST selection of drinks ever in a restaurant! I always go back to Oody’s solely because of their drinks, the food’s just a bonus. They offer pandan juice, pandan iced tea and lemon grass juice. If you don’t have any idea what they taste like, you can ask for a sampler as illustrated above. For me, their pandan juice is the best. I believe I downed like 5 glasses of pandan juice that night. And I still cannot get enough of it!
We noticed one unique thing with Oody’s. Their table top is made of plastic. We really thought that this was a genius idea! No more worries about glass breaking, and cleaning is just a breeze too! Thinking out of the box really paid off in this case. Maintaining a restaurant is a hard task and they were able to think of one thing that could lessen the work and stress.
Anyway, had a great time! Oody’s even though it’s a Thai restaurant is still a major drinks haven for me! 🙂
Oody’s Thai Rice, Noodles ‘N Bar
2nd Level, Greenbelt 3, Ayala Center, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines