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265 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE (Penn Ave.) Send to Phone
Thai food takes another up-tick at this intimate, well-presented establishment with a modern décor.

Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Thai Palate Restaurant Review

: This tiny spot, with a modern décor and a richly textured rock wall both at the bar and in the dining room, is intimate and relaxing. Lunch specials are a serious deal, with dishes priced at less than $9, and most less than $7. At dinner, the menu becomes more extensive, with good appetizers, such as the crunchy green papaya salad with shrimp. The green papaya is shredded to order, so it remains crisp yet juicy, while the shrimp are sill warm, attesting to their having been cooked à la minute. Thai-style "jerked" beef comes with a Thai chili dipping sauce that, while hot, doesn't reach four-alarm levels, so the heat is well integrated into the flavors. An appetizer portion of cold noodles with peanut sauce and sesame seeds is enough for a lunch main dish. Intriguing crispy salmon rolls are cigarette-width, to be dipped into a mayonnaise-based sauce sparked with onion, ginger, garlic and orange. Vegetarians will enjoy the myriad options. Dishes are presented with artfully cut and arranged vegetables. The chef's specials can hit higher prices, but at modest levels, one dines very well. While this wine list isn't great, it's a major leg up on what one often finds in Asian restaurants, and continues to improve. Bonny Doon's Pacific Rim Riesling is a good choice with this food.


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