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Saigon Palace Report

johnb | Mar 27, 2005 08:01 PM

Based on the comments by Marty below, and since I'm batching it at the moment, I thought it'd be interesting to drive over and try this place.

It is small (10 tables of varying sizes--about 60 person capacity) and they had nothing for a singleton (all smaller tables occupied), so I was left to do carry out. After insisting on the real menu, I opted, more or less at random, for two items under the Chef's Suggestions list, Oyster and Kidney in XO sauce (R11)(hot) and Deep Fried Bean Curd Stuffed with Minced Shrimp (R13). Upon further consultation with the hostess, I added F9, Crispy Baked Salted Pork Chop. I also tried for "Eel with Japanese Taste" but was informed they were out of eels. Several dishes were pasted out on the printed menu, so it appears the original menu list is being pared down. None of the selected dishes is listed in the carry-out menu. Drive home was about 45 min. or so, so that's how long the food was out of the kitchen when I finally got to it.

The oyster and kidneys was very rich, and a bit spicy but not too. Appeared and tasted like a "normal" Chinese meat and green pepper dish in dark sauce. The bean curd was cubes with the stuffing, fried and served with a light soy/vinegar sauce on the side. The best dish was the pork, in spite of losing its crispyness on the ride home. Small bits, fried, with a spicy salty crust, maybe with a hint of five spice.

On the whole, good and worth further investigation, tho I must confess that this experience at least did not knock my socks off. Full disclosure--I ate at China Star Thursday lunch and Joe's Saturday lunch, both excellent, so it was a tough act to follow.

The hostess said they have been open for about four months.

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