Crying Tiger

4986 P. Guanzon St. cor. Makati Ave., Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila

Crying Tiger
4.3
4.5 Stars

24 Reviewers

  • 5 stars 12
  • 4 stars 8
  • 3 stars 3
  • 2 stars 0
  • 1 star 1
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Anna D.
5.0 Stars
4

I love Crying Tiger. Cannot vouch for authenticity since I haven’t eaten at a lot of Thai places yet but flavor and price point-wise, CT’s is spot on.

Mee Goreng. Spicy seafood (shrimp and squid) noodles. The first meal I’ve ever tried here and my first love. It’s quite sweet with just the right amount of heat. A squeeze of kalamansi is perfect to balance out the whole dish. Serves two-three people.

Moo Ping. Thai Pork Bbq. I always, always get at least two orders of this. It tastes like normal bbq but the sauce is a real game-changer. Don’t skip on this one!

Chicken Satay. Was very so-so for me. I’d go for the Moo Ping any day.

Pad See Ew. Thai stir fried noodles with chicken. So for the longest time, my staple order here had been the Mee Goreng. That is until someone told me that this dish was better. And yes, by like five times, it was. It is an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Put lots of chili flakes for some heat. I crave for this now probably once every week. Can probably serve two people but I can eat this all on my own lol.

They serve cheap beer, cocktails, and other hard liquor. They also serve wine, I believe. Service and ventilation can use some improvement but otherwise, Crying Tiger is easily one of my go-to places in Poblacion. 4.5/5

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Eboy D.
5.0 Stars
7

Crying Tiger has been the buzz word for Poblacion. Located near the A.Venue Mall, along a small side street. Blink and you might miss this small al fresco Restaurant. It is designed just like the hole in the wall diners found in most South East Asian cities, Crying Tiger is a wonder and a gem in the rough kind of discovery. We were served the following specialties:

Mee Goreng - a nicely done noodle dish, packed with vegetables and meat. Had a bit of Heat but not too spicy.

Pad Thai - served traditionally with fine rice noodles, unlike the ones commonly served with flat noodles. It was savory, and the enveloped the noodle dish nicely. Squeeze some lime for that sour freshness.

Thai Fried Chicken - huge bone-in Chicken pieces Fried to perfection. Had that nice crunch care of the thin yet flavorful potato rice flour.

Chicken Satay - grilled Chicken meat with just the right nutty flavor.

Som Tam (Thai Green Papaya Salad) - refreshing Salad perfect with each bite of the Thai Fried Chicken. Thinly julienned Papaya makes it more appealing to eat. The Salted Egg on top added a nice crumbly, grainy flavor.

MooPing (Thai Pork BBQ) - soft, flavorful pork skewers. Makes me want to ask for white rice.

They open late in the afternoon because the Manila Heat can be punishing. Street parking is available but very limited. Recommended.

Disclaimer: Sponsored dining by Crying Tiger in cooperation with BigDishPH.

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Peanut D.
3.0 Stars

This must be the new hip and happening place in Poblacion! Lots of fashionable young people hanging out at this spot.

Tried to join the cool club and also hit this place up but only for dessert hehe. And I realized, I’m not “cool” enough. Literally lol. Ang init dito mga bes. It was around 10PM when I went here and I came from Tacqueria Seta (just right beside it) where it wasn’t hot at all - so I was expecting for it to be around the same temp. But I guess they don’t have enough ventilation here.

Tried their mango sticky rice and I don’t see what’s so special about it honestly. I guess it’s what you’d expect except the mango slices were sour.

The chairs we sat on were also uncomfortable. But maybe their actual Thai food is good? For now though, their dessert is just okay.

So be prepared to dress up in shorts and a tank top if you’re coming here!

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Camille S.
4.0 Stars
3

I almost got lost finding my way to Crying Tiger. It’s a good thing my friend gave me specific directions on how to get there. It’s a few steps away from Aberdeen Court, try to look for the al fresco area of Crying Tiger so it’s easier for you.

My friends ordered a lot but I only remember three dishes - Thai Basil Chicken (Gai Pad Ka Prao), Char Siu Pork Rice and Thai Stir Fried Noodles with Chicken (Pad See Ew). The basil chicken was good. It was cut into very small pieces, like ground chicken, making it easy to munch on. This is probably one of the notable non-spicy dishes in the Thai cuisine that I’d order always. The char siu pork rice was so-so. The pork was on the chewy side and its sauce has a very overwhelming taste. For the stir fried noodles, it’s now my new go-to Thai dish. I liked how it has more flavor and has thicker noodles than pad thai. I liked how every ingredient (sauce, chicken, noodles) complements each other.
For my drink, I got a glass of Mojito. Crying Tiger’s version is on the minty side and has a light alcohol taste.

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Marjorie G.
5.0 Stars
10

Hey kids, today I am going to tell you about the only restaurant I keep coming back to of late. I love it so much, I’ve already been there 5x, each time with a different set of friends. I seem to be on a mission to get all of my friends to try it, in fact I will go there again this coming Friday. I am talking about Crying Tiger (CT), a Thai resto bar in Poblacion, Makati.

I am now a semi vegetarian, a pesco pollo vegetarian specifically. So I eat veggies most of the time and if I have to eat meat I go for fish and chicken. The reason I’m telling you this is because this will change the way I review here on Looloo, which means there will be no pork or beef on this review.

Anyhoo, let’s begin. A new friend took me to Crying Tiger last December. I have been going to this part of Makati for my French class but I never thought of checking out the food scene in Poblacion. My friend swore that the food here is good and cheap. Before this, I am not a fan of Thai food, never really understood people who refer to this cuisine as their favorite. In short I was not excited to eat at CT, but I kept an open mind.

I was instantly converted, after the initial visit I now tell people I love Thai food, even when the only Thai food I love is at CT. There is nothing on their menu that I didn’t like. My most favorite is the signature Thai dish, pad thai. You have an option to order a vegetarian version of it, but the only difference is that the non-vegetarian has egg and shrimp. I have come to love that distinguish burnt taste of this dish. It is quite flavorful and the serving is good enough for 3 persons.

The next noodle dish you shouldn’t miss, especially if you want it hot and spicy is the Mee Goreng. It has more veggies than noodles though, a plate is good for 2pax. It is also a bit saucy and has a surprise sunny side up egg underneath the noodles.

They have satay or skewered meat, my favorite of course is the chicken satay. I think they’re using chicken breast for this, which makes it a healthy option.

Do not forget to order the Asian Calamare as appetizer. It is not breaded like most calamare, nonetheless it was scrumptious. I order this everytime I go back.

Leave room for dessert and order the mango sticky rice. It’s like eating ginataang monggo minus the monggo. It’s one of the most recommended food at CT and sometimes it’s not available so when you get a chance, go ahead and order it.

The place opens at 5:00 p.m., and can get filled quickly so I advise that you call for a reservation.

If I could bring you all there I would 128514. But I do hope that you guys give it a try and do let me know how did you find it.

Food here costs between 100 to 300 pesos. Cheap I tell ya!

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Gaston K.
1.0 Stars

Thai restaurant without bagoong rice, no Tom yum soup. The Tiger steak was tougher than my trail running shoes. Will never come back again.

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Livid G.
4.0 Stars
3

Mee Goreng is spicy noodle goodness with egg and seafood. Chicken satay comes in 5 sticks but the number of pieces per stick can be improved.

Loved the green mango shake :) not too sweet, not too sour. Thai iced tea not so much ehe.

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Sher H.
4.0 Stars
2

Everything in the menu was yummy!! I can't get over mee goreng and green mango shake! 128525 I just have one comment: the staff were not attentive enough to watch out for possible customer concerns. But they are kind, though. 128522

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Anna d.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Chieo O.
5.0 Stars
9

My and my friends were again, hunting for an aftermidnight snack, so we ventured the streets of Makati and found Crying Tiger, Hidden Guanzon hehehehe 128518

I love the vibe of the place with hints of Thai and Vietnam decor.... The flavors of the orientally fused cuisine are also unique.... Actually their foodies are perfect beermatch.... pardon for the red-faced me hehehe12852210084128077🏻

We had a bit of spicy chicken wings, pork slices and the surprising Nam Rolls....you have to go there to know why hehehehe 128518128518128518

They also show viet/thai movies while you dine and drink!127864127864127864

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Reann G.
5.0 Stars
4

Crying tiger is another hole in the wall restaurant that you can find in Makati. They offer really good food!!!

‼️‼️ Vegetarian Mee Goreng (P225) - IT WAS SPICY and I LOVED IT! It was really realy good! I did not regret getting the vegetarian version rather than the seafood one because we also ordered other dishes that were already "meaty". Hehe

‼️‼️ Beef Rendang (P275) | no photo - This one was also good! I love spicy food and this one just hits the spot! It was spicy, flavourful and the meat was cooked just right... It was perfect! I'd probably go back to get myself another plate! This time, it will be all for myself!!!

‼️‼️ Chicken Satay (P160) - This went perfect with the Mee Goreng! And it balanced the spicyness level of both dishes so it made me a very happy piggy!!!

The ambience here is also good, I loved the spot where we got seated because I can have a glimpse of both worlds - inside and outside the restaurant.

The price of the food seemed a little expensive but with the quality of food you'd get... I'd say every penny would be worth it!!

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Jek B.
3.0 Stars

Well, it's the only one of its kind near my place, so it's worth a try. My favorite would be the Thai Omelette, because it reminds me of my mom's omelette, burnt and salty. Pad Thai is good! Beef rendang, a little too fatty for me, but is recommended by others. Perfect place to for some beer after work, if only they closed a lot later.

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Butch G.
4.0 Stars

Had the Pad Thai, thai fried rice, Beef Rendang, Morning Glory in Garlic and the Papaya Salad. They were all good! Can"t complain!

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Elaine O.
4.0 Stars

Southeast Asian street foods at its finest 128512

This place boasts a cool and chill vibe where you can find favourites from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. It is where good food comes in a cheap price just like the restaurants in the busy backpacking streets of Southeast Asia. The food may be street-food-like but it bursts with flavor. I love their Nasi Goreng and Changmai Sausage 128536. This hole in the wall is a great find and can be an alternative to fancy bars 128521.

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Dennis O.
4.0 Stars

Poblacion area of makati is a backpacker haven for foreigner. The place reminds me of KhaoSan Rd. of Bangkok and HoChiMin of Vietnam. Thats why this is the perfect place for a resto like CryingTiger. The vibe of the place is an exact replica of the feel of bangkok or vietnam's food street. Love the interior, very thailand colorful. Got some cool wall painting. The place is very instagrammable.128247

The food here is a mixture of southeast asian streetfood. We tried some of their well known dishes. MeeGoreng (Seafood Noodles), Thai Pork BBQ, Thai Omelette and ChangMai Sausage. Tastewise there was nothing special about their dishes but everything tasted good. The pork bbq reminded me of Bee Cheng Hiang pork jerky. I love it. The ChangMai sausage was not a sausage that you normally see. Try that one for a little intriguing dish. For the drinks I tried their Thai IcedTea tasted good and tasted similar to the lipton milk tea.128522

Overall this is a place that is fun to discover in one of the small street in poblacion. Cool vibe and great place to unwind with some not too pricey southeast asian streetfood. Another great venture by the owner of El Chupacabra.128518128077

Just some gentle reminder no service water so if you want water try buying in some convenience store for budgeting. Bring also some patience because there are only few waiters. There are times getting attention is quite hard when the place is crowded.128521

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Jen L.
4.0 Stars

seriously? wala sila service water? urgh...

buti authentic much ang thai food, buti feeling thailand yung open restobar ambiance nya, buti parang hidden gen ang location nya :)

balik balikan pag may time!

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Eibee B.
5.0 Stars

I loved it.

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Ian P.
4.0 Stars

Had dinner date with the wife and a friend recommended this resto to us.
No problem finding the restaurant care of waze and was fortunate that there was parking available.
The place is the Thai sister of el chupacabra ( they are the owners) open air, no Aircon, cheap eats, ex pats, etc. The menu is styled to be Thai and Malaysian street food.
We ordered...
Seafood me goreng... Delicious
Morning glory... Awesome ( I can eat this on its own(
Thai fried chicken... Loved the sauce
Pork belly w rice... Simple and ordinary
Spring rolls.... Not bad
Malaysian wings... Forgettable
What I like about the place are the price points. It's cheap! Will be back!
Btw... Beware of the boys outside who will assist u in parking. They will try to rip u off at 40 pesos and claim it's the restaurant charging for parking

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Marinel L.
3.0 Stars

I would rate this place 3.5. The morning glory was good but didnt have any meat (I like the version of People's Palace better), the shrimp fried rice was also good but nothing fancy. The sauce of the Thai pork bbq was yummy and unique. The Malaysian wings were just so-so.

I think their menu is limited...and the price is affordable but not cheap (considering that it is a street kitchen with no aircon). The design of the place is cool though and looks like it belongs in Khao San Road.

For great Thai food, nothing beats People's Palace in my opinion.

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Nicole S.
5.0 Stars

Great attempt at Thai street food! Isn't too pricey as well! Nothing over P600, beer is only P45! Malaysian chicken wings are great, so is the Pad Thai with glass noodles, and peppered beef! Will definitely come back! Bring a driver though, parking is really hard!

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