Royal Krua Thai Finally Opens in SM Seaside City Cebu

A fourth branch of the string of Royal Krua Thai chain of restaurants opens today at SM Seaside City Cebu. Under a new management since January 2016, the restaurant continues to give you the authentic Thai dining experience which you have enjoyed since 2000.


The new owners, Dr. Lemyel Yap and Dr. Yvette Ethel Mondano-Yap both love Royal Krua Thai and been frequent visitors for years. Every chance they get to visit Cebu, they never fail to eat at the SM City Cebu branch because they can’t get enough of Thai food especially in Royal Krua Thai. “When we learned that the restaurant was up for sale, we grabbed the opportunity to buy it because we love the restaurant so much and we believe in Royal Krua Thai which remained to be a go-to Thai place for so many years now,” added Dr. Mondano-Yap, a nephrologist in one of the premiere hospitals in Cebu.

The couple now manages the Royal Krua Thai branches in BTC, in SM City Cebu, the Mae Krua restaurant in Ramos and now the newly-opened Royal Krua Thai in SM Seaside City Cebu.

With their hands full on their medical practice, family and their business, they managed to oversee the restaurants personally with the help of their efficient and loyal crew who’s been with the restaurants for years. They believe that a new management doesn’t need to have an overhaul of new staff and crew so they kept the old employees since they’re already a family to them.



Compared to other branches, the SM Seaside still has the authentic Thai vibe going in a modern twist as you stepped in the restaurant with its Thai wall decors and interior. They have ample tables and comfortable chairs conducive for an enjoyable dining experience.

They also have a function room that can accommodate twenty (20) people for private occasions. Best part is, one can enjoy the room for an unlimited use! So you can have fun in your intimate party with family and friends without having to worry about the limited time.

Plans of opening another branch this time in Ayala Center Cebu is underway with their other plans for Royal Krua Thai. “Having the restaurant in malls is a strategic thing to do since most people are going to the malls to unwind with their family and friends. So we’ll go where there people are,” explained Dr. Mondano-Yap. 

True enough, Royal Krua Thai has established a good following over the years. In fact 70% of it are repeat customers or the loyal ones. Dr. Lemyel and Yvette Yap are aso looking forward to cater to the new market, as well. So this new year with another blessing to be grateful for, they are more motivated to serve all their customers with the same authentic and exquisite Thai dining experience.

Royal Krua Thai, a gastronomic travel to a taste of Thailand right in the comfort walls of Cebu City.

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