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Thai Villa in Cary

Sant | Dec 29, 200310:38 AM

Had heard and read good things about Thai Villa so we decided to give it a try last Saturday. It's located in a nondescript, older strip mall off Buck Jones Rd. The ambiance inside was okay but not as nice as Thai Palace in Chapel Hill.

I ordered a thai ice coffee and the wife had a thai iced tea: both were strong and sweet, like we like it. For apps, I had bean thread sheets with chicken and shrimp, in a chili lime dressing. It was quite spicy and tastey. The only complaint was that it had too much raw onion-- definitely not a first date dish. My wife had a house salad with a warm peanut dressing. What made the salad good was that it came with fried tofu that was wonderfully crunchy on the outside and soft and warm on the inside.

For dinner, we had mussels in a sweet and sour chili sauce and chicken and noodles in red curry. The mussels were delicious, although I would have been happy with less sauce. The noodle dish was quite tastey, the noodles being soft and delicate (not crazy about al dente noodles like the Italians like to prepare it). It's a great value too because it came in a huge bowl-- leftovers made for a great lunch the next day.

For dessert we had warm taro root custard with sweet sticky rice. It was okay but I don't think desserts are a forte of the thai cuisine.

We spent $50 bucks for everything, which I thought was fair. If given a choice, I would still pick Thai Palace over Thai Villa, but if Chapel Hill isn't convenient for you fellow Trianglers, Thai Villa fills in quite nicely.

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