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Penang v. Thai Palace (Chapel Hill)

ncpearl Feb 13, 2007 06:50 AM

Reading the thread on Thai food in Chapel Hill/Durham got me thinking about take out options. It seems to be the consensus on this board that the service at Penang is pretty awful, but if you're looking for take out would you recommend Thai Palace over Penang? As another option, does Merlion do take out?

  1. peetoteeto Feb 13, 2007 06:54 AM

    Merlion does indeed offer take out, and they would by far be my choice between the three.

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    1. re: peetoteeto
      bbqme Feb 13, 2007 11:03 AM

      I like Merlion too but to be accurate they are a Singaporean restaurant, not Thai.

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      californialoving Feb 13, 2007 08:44 AM

      I've never been to Merlion so I can't speak on that...but I think Thai Palace is by far better...Penang is not even real asian food. It's over-salted and way overpriced for what you get. I think Thai Palace is decent and a much better option.

      1. FuzzyT Feb 13, 2007 11:07 AM

        Far and away more than simply "bad service", Panang features service that is simultaneously aggressive, dismissive, unapologetic, disrespectful and slow. I've had a decent plate of food there (spicy squid), but it was a lot to put up with to get it. If you absolutely have to give them a try, then go when there are not more than three other parties being served. That would seem to be about their limit.

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          sabarrett Feb 13, 2007 12:40 PM

          I think they're both bleecch. Maybe I was spoiled by living on the west coast for too long, but imho the only really good Thai restaurant in the Triangle is Sawasdee. Merlion is good (we live in Southern Village so eat there quite a bit), but, as someone else mentioned, it's Singaporean not true-and-true Thai.

          1. LulusMom Feb 13, 2007 01:54 PM

            Haven't tried the Thai place yet (soon, soon!) but I would never again eat at Penang. Greasy, bland, just basically yucky food and, as pointed out earlier, rude, dismissive service. Merlion would be a much better choice (but again, it isn't Thai).

            1. statolith Feb 13, 2007 02:26 PM

              I dig the food at Penang, but I'm a sucker for the American-version-of-Malaysian thing. Of course, I too have noticed how horrible the service is, but if I lived nearer I'd certainly get take out from there regularly.

              1. FuzzyT Feb 17, 2007 02:52 PM

                sabarrett, have you tried Thai House in Raleigh? They've been good to me there.

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