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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Palms Thai Restaurant - Los Angeles (Hollywood)

Back in September 2008, my brother and his wife, cousin Q, his older brother and his wife, and I dined at Palms Thai Restaurant, home of Thai Elvis.

Don't be cruel. Surely you've heard of Thai Elvis?

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Unfortunately, the acoustics in the restaurant were absolutely retched. I couldn't even tell you what Thai Elvis was crooning that evening. Nonetheless, where else can you get pad Thai with a side of "Love Me Tender"?

We started off with Thai iced tea $2.25.

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Pad Thai with chicken $6.99.

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Pineapple fried rice with chicken, raisins, cashews, eggs, and curry powder $6.99.

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Red curry with coconut milk, bamboo shoots, bell pepper, and basil leaves for $7.25.

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Coconut soup with chicken, galangal, mushrooms, chili paste and fresh chili $10.99. Yup. They did not call this Tom Kha Gai (Thai Galangal and Chicken Soup with Coconut Milk) on the menu but the very whitewashed coconut soup.

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Chicken and broccoli stir-fry $6.99.

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Thai grilled beef with special house sauce $8.99. I have no idea what was in the house sauce but it was soooo good. I kept trying to figure out all the different ingredients. Smoky, spicy. Just so very good.

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Thai Elvis again.

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All the dishes were good, but nothing special, except for that house sauce. I wish the restaurant's acoustics and ambiance were better because it was such a shame that Thai Elvis' singing was lost amongst all the customers' chatter. He really was quite good.

Other Thai restaurants:
Bhan Kanom Thai - Los Angeles (Thai Town)
Noodle World - Alhambra
Thai Purple - Alhambra
Top Thai Restaurant - San Dimas

Palms Thai Restaurant
5900 Hollywood Blvd., Ste. B
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Sunday to Thursday 11 a.m. to midnight
Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

1 year ago today, Khmer classical dance at Koulen Restaurant - Siem Reap, Cambodia.
2 years ago today, lil' sis made star-shaped cupcakes.


  1. I went on a really bad date here four years ago. I actually remember kind of liking the food! Or at least better than my date! ;)

  2. Thai Elvis! Wow! Too bad Youtube is acting up on my computer right now. Food looks quite good even if it is just "average". I haven't had Thai food in months and this makes my mouth water!

  3. I came here once but sadly it was not a Thai Elvis night! :( Boo. I haven't been back since but I want to see him.
    I also remember trying to order wild boar but the waitress told me I don't want that, it's too tought.

  4. I went here with my brother once. It was a lot better than I thought it would be.

    Then again, I'd set my expectations low. Heh.

  5. OMG, every night should be a THAI ELVIS night! That guy should be canonized! I'd like to listen to him while eating my curry or coconut soup!

    Diggin' his white platform heels. :)

  6. I'm craving for some thai food now because of this post. :P

  7. Can't believe you ate here! I have seen Thai Elvis in action. It made me sad because people were mostly ignoring him. :(

  8. "September 2008" ??? Talk about procrastinating! :-)

    I was just here last night. I live a block away and we eat there about 3 or 4 times a week. :-X

    Thai Elvis is usually there on the more popular weeknights (Thurs/Fri/Sat) and they also have a female singer and a male singer who plays acoustic guitar and classics (Beatles, Neil Diamond, etc.)

    I've been a regular for years but haven't tried most of the the dishes you got. My favorite is the ground pork with chilies and holy basil, the green curry with bamboo shoots, and the wonton soup. The Palm Thai Special Noodle is also delish. I'm glad you got to see Elvis!

  9. Have you read Tom Robbins' Villa Incognito? There is a Thai Elvis in that as well!

  10. Diana,
    Some day, I want to read about a GOOD date and good restaurant story! They don't always have to end badly!

    Food was alright. No other Thai restaurant can offer up Thai Elvis!

    Boar is tough, or tougher than regular pork. But they shouldn't offer it if they're discouraging people from ordering it! Yeah, if Thai Elvis hadn't performed, I would've been bummed.

    Same here. Same here. :P

    Perhaps saved for your next trip up?

    Go to Thai Nakorn! Better and closer to you.

    Yeah. :( The acoustics were awful and I could hear the crowd more than Thai Elvis.

    Ha! That's nothing. I've got stuff from 2007!

    I have not! Did you know there is also a Vietnamese Elvis? :)


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