Thursday, March 23, 2006
The Palace is located in Old Town Conyers, which is the oldest part of town. Unlike Covington Square, which has kept much of its traditional look, Old Town Conyers has gone for a more bohemian look, painting the buildings in wild colors. The buildings look almost like a section of Atlanta's Little Five Points, although Old Town Conyers hasn't attracted quite the same crowd.
Thai cuisine is notorious for using very spicy food. Most of the spiced dishes here can be ordered at a mild level. Venture above "mild" at your own risk.
Many of the entrees are heavy on vegetables and seasoning, with the meat almost added as a condiment rather than letting it take center stage. Since the meat does not heavily influence the flavor of such dishes, you can order many items on the menu with your choice of beef, chicken, pork, shrimp, or tofu. There are a few items, though, that are mostly meat in curry sauce. Most of their traditonal items are served alongside a large, ornate aluminum bowl of rice (which is trying unsuccessfully to look like it is actually a silver bowl of rice). Entrees typically cost around $7-8 each.
I don't normally order apetizers, but they have one that is too good to miss. Their chicken satay is excellent. If you're not familiar with satay, it is thin strips of meat served with peanut sauce and a cucumber relish. However, I'm not sure that description does the Thai Palace's chicken satay justice. It's like saying fillet mignon is just dead cow.
One touch that I especially like is the effort they put into garnishes. It's not uncommon to find a carrot transformed into a butterfly or a vegetable flower sitting on your plate.
If there is one downside, this is not a place to eat if you are in a hurry. They take the time in bringing the food out. But unless you have something very urgent on your agenda, it's worth the wait.
914 Commercial St.
I have never been to the Thai restaurant in old town, but have been to the other one in the Kroger shopping center numerous times (This was the first/only one in Conyers several years back). It is a husband/wife team---he cooks, and she runs the front. Apparently he was a hotel manager back in Thailand and decided a change of career was what he needed. He went on to culinary arts school as a middle aged man, and emerged a chef. The food that they offer is as authentic as you could get. Their Pad Thai (national dish of Thailand) is WON-DER-FUL. Chunks of sauted garlic with sai fun noodles done just right. You mentioned that you are not into appatizers, but please try the spring rolls when you have a chance. Far removed from egg rolls. Spring rolls are FRESH--not cooked--ingredients (celophane noodles, basil leaves, bean sprouts, shrimp,shredded carrotts, etc...) all wrapped in rice paper, that you dip in either a sweet/hot mixture, or more importantly in a spicy peanut dipping sauce. Good Good stuff. A must try. And as far as this place goes---NICE PEOPLE!
We're going to check out Thai Palace. Thanks for the recommendation on the chicken satay.