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Jan 6, 2012 05:25 PM

Anyone tried Palm Sugar Thai in Davis Square?

Hounds- any reviews forthcoming? I stopped by today and grabbed a menu, which came with a coupon for 1/2 off a second entree. No real changes to the inside-- perhaps same paint colors even. I was hoping they'd wipe the slate clean a little from Joey's thai (and Pulse). The menu has all the standards-- moderate price point (for Thai), portion size remains to be seen to decide if it's as good a value as Rod Dee. We'll try it soon but someone must have already been...

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  1. We did our research tonight. Ordered take-out: drunken noodle (I was asked to specify meat and chose chicken, which is slightly odd since in my experience drunken noodle or crazy noodle usually has both chicken and shrimp as default), pad kra pao and som tum salad. Food was ready promptly and the place empty at 6pm Saturday. When we got home, the "pad kra pao" was strips of white meat chicken in a lot of watery sauce with a few veggies. In my experience, this dish is always made with ground meat. I called and apparently there was some confusion because although I asked if they had that dish, I guess they really don't (it was not on the menu, it's just one of my standards for evaluating Thai establishments). They offered to give me another dish of my choice, so I went back and got a tofu red curry and free thai iced tea.

    The drunken noodle was good but nothing special. The chicken dish we hadn't wanted was pretty unremarkable. The som tum salad was the standout- lots of chili heat, good acidity. I can't speak to the curry because it's in the fridge untouched since we were too hungry to go back and get it til after eating.

    It's an easy location for us for takeout, and I'd definitely have that som tum salad again but I think they need to step up their game a little given their prices. Every single dish is more expensive than at Rod Dee (som tum- $8.95 vs $6.90; tofu curry- $11.95 vs $10) by about $2 and portion size is similar. At this price level, that's 20% more and I don't think it's warranted.

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    1. re: Parsnipity

      oh wow. i would be really disappointed if i ordered pad kra pao and received strips of chicken in a watery sauce

    2. I feel out of touch. Where in Davis Square is it?

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        1. re: pollystyrene

          Oh, right --- it was Asian fusion before that.

          1. re: somervilleoldtimer

            Actually, just plain Thai before Pulse, I believe. "Joey's Thai."

            1. re: Parsnipity

              Okay, maybe I'm confused. is it outside of Davis on the way to Porter, i.e. next to where Carberry's used to be?

              1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                That's the spot. It was Joey's Thai before it became Pulse.