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Thai Palace in Chapel Hill.

Sant | Oct 28, 200210:45 AM

For an area with over a million people, the Triangle has surprisingly few Thai restaurants. Fortunately, one that it does have, Thai Palace, is very good. We have enjoyed eating at this restuarant for 9 years now and it has never disappointed us.

It's located in NC 54 in the Glenwood Shopping Center. It looks non-descript from the outside, but it is nicely decorated inside, with fabric canopied ceilings and chandeliers. But it's the food we really care about, right?

This time we skipped the appetizers, but from previous meals I would recommend their mee krob (crispy rice noodles with baby shrimp in a spicy-sweet chile sauce) and spring-roll wrapped shrimp with a sweet and sour dipping sauce. Their soups, such as coconut milk chicken soup, is very good as well, with lots of ginger and cilantro-- although it's quite expensive for soup. For entrees we got pad thai, beef in panang curry, and battered shrimp in chili sauce. The pad thai was excellent, a big mound of perfectly cooked rice noodles that were not sticky, with scrambled egg, baby shrimp, bean sprouts, and crushed peanuts flavored with lemon juice and sugar. The beef curry was tasty, with a creamy, peanuty taste. The battered shrimp was fried too long, which made them too tough, but the sweet and sour chili sauce was delicious. Only complaint I have is that the food was not spicy enough. Next time I'll ask them to kick up the heat a little. You can tell there is some care put into the foods they prepare. The dishes had garinishes of radish roses and feathers carved from carrots. At around $40 for two including tip, Thai Palace is a good value.

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