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Hi, I'm Estan Cabigas, a freelance photographer from the Philippines and available for work and collaboration within the ASEAN region. TenZeroFour is my Architecture and Interiors website and blog.

Something old, something new at Thai Me Up

Thai Me Up is a popular Thai restaurant along Capistrano St., the first in Cagayan de Oro City. It was built in 2009 by two young couples from this city who wanted to open a resto with a garden setting. Much of the area revolves around the huge balete tree which has been transformed into the present garden. This restaurant is the first, the second is at Centrio Mall which I featured here before. While the mall branch has a modern Asian contemporary design, the original space is al fresco and homey.

For the first time visitor, next to the food, it is the interior that makes a statement. It has a high pyramidal ceiling with a beautiful multicolored chandelier. It used to be all Thai cuisine but when they offered Filipino dishes, under Fil Me Up, most of the big Thai decors were placed in the function room.

There are lots of interesting accessories and furniture inside the restaurant. Vintage and modern accents, different kind of chairs, textured tables or some tables with old Filipino comics under a glass top. There are old sewing machines that functions as tables, colored bottles and rectangular, three hued, box lamps above the dining tables.

A few steps from the main dining area is the garden where two traditional huts flank the huge balete tree. These thatched roofed have low lying tables and foam seats for a more intimate dining experience in a garden setting. Like the mall branch, the Thai Me Up main restaurant’s interior was designed by Efren dela Cruz.

A wider view of the restaurant

A wider view of the restaurant

The huge pyramidal ceiling with the chandeliers at the center

The huge pyramidal ceiling with the chandeliers at the center

A section of the restaurant near the entrance

A section of the restaurant near the entrance

Garden huts provide an alternative dining experience with a low lying table and foam seats

Garden huts provide an alternative dining experience with a low lying table and foam seats

View of the main dining area of the restaurant as seen from the garden

View of the main dining area of the restaurant as seen from the garden

Right, vintage furniture among the many interesting stuff at the restaurant; left, main restaurant area with stairs leading to the garden huts

Right, vintage furniture among the many interesting stuff at the restaurant; left, main restaurant area with stairs leading to the garden huts

Slender chairs at the bar counter

Slender chairs at the bar counter

Multicolored chandeliers at the center and a shelf of colored glasses

Multicolored chandeliers at the center and a shelf of colored glasses

The restaurant's washup and comfort room area

The restaurant’s wash up and comfort room area