Thai Palace
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Thai Palace Reviews

Thai Palace offers traditional dishes with a twist

- jmorreale@bradenton.com

Bradenton Herald
Published: Thursday, November 5, 2009

Why are we reviewing this restaurant?:
Thai cuisine is one of my favorites.

What’s on the menu?:
The large menu includes several appetizers including deep-fried duck strips ($6.95), fresh spring rolls wrapped in rice paper ($5.95 for two) and crab rangoon, wonton wrappers stuffed with Krab meat, cheese and curry ($6.95). Authentic Thai entrees come with your choice of chicken, pork or tofu ($6.95 lunch, $9.95 dinner); beef, shrimp, squid or scallops ($7.95 lunch, $10.95 dinner) or a seafood combination of shrimp, squid and scallops ($8.95 lunch, $11.95 dinner). Entrees range from the traditional Panang, Red, Green or Massaman curries and various stir-fries to noodle dishes and soups. Fried rice dishes and vegetarian entrees round out the menu.

The dessert offerings include Thai Palace ice cream — crunchy banana coins on homemade coconut ice cream ($4.50) and Thai Palace Banana — Sticky rice, coconut meat and banana wrapped in an egg roll skin, then deep fried and topped with honey and sesame ($4.50). Wow.

What did we eat?:
We started with an order of steamed dumplings ($6.95) while we perused the menu. The dumplings arrived quickly and were steaming hot. They were the open-faced type (shao mai) filled with spices, ground shrimp, pork and water chestnut. The filling was a little more dense than most I’ve had, almost like a meatball. But the flavors shined through.

The dumplings were accompanied by a wonderful house ginger dipping sauce, a little thicker than a soy sauce, studded with fresh green onion.

For my main dish I ordered shrimp Pad Thai (one of Thailand’s national dishes) for $10.95 and my husband ordered Pad Kew Mow (drunken noodles) with tofu ($9.95). Both came with a choice of soup or salad, we chose the salad.

The salad consisted of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and shaved carrots topped with a peanut dressing, which was a little too sweet for my taste. I would’ve preferred a little more ginger or vinegar in the dressing to cut the sweetness of the peanut butter.

Carl also wanted to try the soup, so he ordered beef noodle soup for $9.95. I wondered why the soup was so expensive, but figured it out a short while later when the giant bowl of soup arrived. It’s a fragrant steaming bowl filled with tons of udon noodles, bean sprouts, carrots, cabbage, broccoli and onion in a clear beef broth. Steamed beef balls and beef strips topped the soup.

He was so overwhelmed by the size of the soup, he only sampled his Pad Kew Mow before requesting a “to go” box. Before being boxed up, I tasted the Pad Kew Mow and decided this might be my new favorite Thai dish. Wide rice noodles sauteed with crispy tofu squares, basil, green beans, celery, red bell peppers, carrots and snow peas with hints of lime, garlic, fish sauce and oyster sauce. The basil is the star of this dish in both fragrance and flavor.

My Pad Thai was a generous portion of thin rice noodles sauteed with shrimp, eggs, fish sauce, bean sprouts, scallions and ground peanuts. Everything was fresh, but I thought the noodles were a little too oily. That didn’t stop me from finishing it.

Do they serve alcohol?:
Yes, they have a selection of sake and wines.

How was the service?:
Our waitress was very attentive and we didn’t have to wait for anything. I love the attention to detail at Thai Palace. It’s the little touches like edible flower garnishes that make for a good dining experience. Carl ordered an iced tea, which arrived with a artfully carved lemon wedge. It was so cute with little ears that he took it home with him.

How was the décor/cleanliness?:
The restaurant is heavily decorated in Asian red and golds and it works. There is a lot to look at.

Is the restaurant family friendly?:
There is no kids’ menu.

What was our verdict?:
Traditional flavors, great service and attention to detail make this restaurant a winner. 

             
            Beef Noodle Soup                                     Pad Kee Mow                                             Pad Thai

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Dishes that curry favor:

By ABBY WEINGARTEN Correspondent

Herald Tribune
Published: Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thai Palace

4756 Cortez Road W., Bradenton, 761-9100.

One word: amazing. This adjective precedes the peanut curry dish on the menu at Thai Palace, which is a combination of coconut milk and curry paste on a pillow of broccoli and sprinkled with scallion bits. The authentic dish lives up to its title, and the yellow and red curry dishes here are equally memorable. If you want soup with your meal, this is the locale for the hot and sour vegetable-based "Tom Yum Goong."



                                    
                                                            
                        Tom Yum Shrimp                                   Amazing Peanut Curry      

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Business Hours: 
Mon.-Fri. :  Lunch   11:00 am. -  2:30 pm., Dinner  4:30 pm. - 9:30 pm.
Sat. :  Lunch   Noon - 3:00 pm.,  Dinner   4:30 pm. - 9:30 pm.
Sun. :  Noon - 9:00 pm. (only dinner menu)




 

Thai Palace
| 4756 Cortez Rd., West| Bradenton, FL 34210
Take Out/ Catering (941) 761-9100 thaipalacebradenton@hotmail.com

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