I had a bite this weekend at Tsunami, a little sushi place in a strip mall on Highway 54. It had been written up in the Independent as a great cheap eat. In the event, it was at best okay. Dishes were cheap, true enough, but they were small, and in no way distinguished. Three of us ate for $50 and nobody came away either full or particularly pleased. Waraji remains the king of Triangle sushi.
On the other hand, I had a entirely satisfactory meal at Saigon in the Greensboro this weekend (I had to do some furniture shopping in High Point). The fried soft-shell crabs in spicy tomato sauce were spectacular by any standard, one of the best Asian dishes I've had in North Carolina, entirely worth $16. We never pass Greensboro without stopping at Saigon and we never regret it.
Last week I had a meal at my old favorite Thai Palace. The food was subtle and intelligent, as usual, but the portions are becoming so miniscule and the dishes so expensive that the place has priced itself out of my regular restaurant routine. Four of us ate for a whopping $118 (no alcohol). I would rather spend a little more and I eat much more elegantly and substantially across the street at the Grill at Glenn Lennox.