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WHERE TO EAT NOT -- WILD PALMS
Sometimes the show is on the plate, but sometimes all you have to do is look around.
BY JONATHAN GOLD AND MICHELLE HUNEVEN
There may be more chaotic restaurants on a Saturday night, but the new Palms Thai is as loud as they come, a tall box of a dining room, the approximate shape and resonance of a speaker cabinet, lined with ranks of long, straight tables, packed shoulder-to-shoulder with Singha beer connoisseurs receding into the distance. The food is first-rate. Bar snacks include crisp-skinned Thai sour sausages served with fried peanuts and raw cabbage and beef jerky, fried to a tooth-wrenching chaw. There is a proper papaya salad, the unripe fruit shredded into crunchy slow, with taut chile heat, sweet-tart citrus dressing and the briny sting of salt-preserved raw crab. And Palm Thai prepares the best version in town of suea rong hai, Northeastern-style barbecued beef. You can request a second menu, which includes most of Palm Thai's best dishes; fiery salads, Isaan-style bar snacks and elaborate soups. Keening on stage at the front of the room on weekends is Kavee Thongpreecha, the Thai Elvis, who reproduces every moan and hiccup of his idol at respectful but nonetheless ear-stretching volume. Thai Elvis and deep-fried fish maw? What more could you ask from a Saturday night? 5900 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, (323) 462-5073. Lunch and dinner seven days 11 a.m.-mid. (until 2:00 a.m. Fri.Sat.) Beer and wine. Takeout. Delivery. Lot parking. MC, V.
PALMS THAI RESTAURANT
5273 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323)462-5073
When I ordered fried catfish salad in Bangkok, I got a tangy green mango salad sprinkled with crunchy golden crumbs. The crumbs were the fried catfish, and the combination with the cool salad was remarkable.
I've found one version of this dish in Los Angeles that compares, at the Palms Thai Restaurant in Hollywood. It's wonderful. And so was everything I had along with it. There was thin-sliced barbecued beef flavored with lime juice and more raw garlic than I've ever seen outside a Korean restaurant. Chicken in green curry was delightfully buried under crisp, extra-large basil leaves.
Whatever is ready first appears first, so what should have been the appetizer arrived well into the meal. This was fried, crumb-coated slices of sourish Thai sausage, for snacking on with roasted peanuts and a wedge of raw cabbage--a perfect accompaniment to Thai beer. But the dinner had actually started with mint noodles: sweet, very spicy, flat rice noodles. (The term "mint" is used loosely here. The herb was actually basil.)
The Palms is a large, airy, vaguely tropical room with long rows of tables set with blue and white china. It fronts a Hollywood mall full of Thai food sources. Behind it is a Thai sweets shop; beyond that, another Thai restaurant and across the parking lot a Thai rice soup place.
It's not a new restaurant, but it has changed management and the menu has been reworked. One new feature is a section titled "the wild things." The wildest it gets is venison, frog, raw clam salad and dishes that are wildly spicy, such as hen in "jungle curry" ("super ultimate hot and spicy").
In Thailand, curries sometimes contain hauntingly aromatic sprigs of fresh green peppercorns. The Palms adds these little branches to deer in a spicy sauce. Although the peppercorns come from a jar, the effect is still nice.
Palms Thai Restaurant
Is this Graceland or what? That's what you might wonder on a weekend night at Palms Thai restaurant in Hollywood. As you spoon up your tom yum goong, you'll hear Elvis singing his immortal hits, in person. The voice is as authentic as can be, and the singer is indeed Elvis--not Presley, but the Thai Elvis, Kavee Thongprecha. As a bonus, you'll be tasting some of the best Thai food in L.A. Palms Thai Restaurant, 5273 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood;
(323) 462-5073. (The Thai Elvis appears weekends. Call for appearance times.)
THE NEW YORK TIMES TRY THE ELVIS
In East Hollywood, a Thai Town is rising. And along the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard between Bronson and Normandie Avenues there is no shortage of Thai Restaurants. But only one has a Thai Elvis impersonator. At Palm's Thai Restaurant 5900 Hollywood Boulevard Suite B. (323)462-5073, locals knock elbows over steaming noodles to tunes courtesy of a man they call the Thai Elvis. He's Kavee Thongpreecha (you can call him Kevin), and he punches in on Wednesday - Sunday nights at 7:30pm. sharp. Culinary nerds will want to head straight to the back of the menu listed under "Wild Things" are peppery, garlicky Frogs Legs and Crispy Fish Maw - Fried air Bladder - Salad. J. Emilio Flores for The New York Times
THAI's BEST DISHES By Jonathan Gold
Wild Boar Curry. At most American nightclubs, you're lucky if the management bothers to rustle up a bowl of stale popcorn to go with your warm beer. But Thai bar snacks, at least as served at Palm Thai Restaurant, are something else: crisp-skinned sour sausages hot from the grill; sizzling beef jerky; deep-fried little quail glazed with salt and pepper; fried frog riding a sea of garlic chips. And as long as you have your game face on, try the red curry of wild boar, tempered with coconut milk, flavored with lime leaves, galangal, ginger and sprigs of fresh, green peppercorns still on the branch, which have less a heat than a strong, perfumed pungency that will leave your mouth numb for hours. 5273 Hollywood Blvd.; (323) 462-5073
The entrance to Thai Town — the six blocks of Hollywood Boulevard between Western and Normandie, according to a 1999 City Council decision — is unofficially marked by an enormous, supine hot dog the size of a submarine resting atop a bright red Thai takeout window. That’s next door to an adult bookstore, which is next to a Peruvian restaurant that is down the street from the eerily empty Gershwin Hotel. Which all somehow makes sense. While much of the Thai cultural and nightlife scenes are concentrated in North Hollywood, Thai Town,which is known around the world, maintains a solid identity while seamlessly melting into the rest of Hollywood. Restless Kruang Tedd partiers bump up against bikinied strippers from Jumbo’s Clown Room; the beautifully garish, second-story Thailand Plaza stage overlooks screaming, fudge-faced children across the street at Sizzler’s. It’s a heavily commercial, walkable, subway-adjacent stretch dense with doughnut shops and Mexican markets and more chile-slicked noodles than any other neighborhood in L.A. And there’s live music of some sort — karaoke, lone singers, entire bands — in nearly every Thai restaurant-bar, on tiny stages dressed with white lights and disco balls. It could very well be the ideal neighborhood for a pub crawl.
PalmsThai.The number of regulars at Palms Thai — and their unbridled devotion to the place — seems to swell every year; and it’s hard to say whether the restaurant’s popularity is due to the dependable food or the kitsch-rich Thai Elvis who has performed on its stage, night after night for five years now, belting out melodious Elvis classics in rhinestone-studded bell-bottoms and long, styled sideburns. Regardless, Palms Thai could be considered ground zero for the growing nightlife scene in Thai Town, a festive restaurant that specializes in bar snacks and the more exotic meats (frog, boar, venison), where parties of eight and 10 and 12 are comprised as often of spirited Thai families as they are of sweaty Hollywood club-goers unwinding over steaming pots of spicy seafood soup. After 15 years in the same location, Palms Thai is scheduled to move up the street on June 1, where there will finally be a full bar and delivery service; and the Thai Elvis — he’ll have a much bigger stage to twist on. 5273 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood. (323)462-5073.New location:5900 Hollywood Blvd.,Suite B, Hollywood.