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This gem of the Old Town Shopping Center has quite possibly some of the best corn patties this city can offer. The fritters are crisp and not greasy. The accompanying cucumber sauce is tangy and sweet with thinly sliced red onions offering a fine crunch. Other top choices, served by traditionally attired servers, include the classic pad Thai, chicken satay and "spicy noodles" (a savory selection with flat noodles, chicken and basil). Mongolian beef was a surprise hit in the none-too-Thai department. Royal Thai's atmosphere is energetic but homey, and the option of sitting on the patio is a rarity for city Thai joints. Royal Thai has been and probably always will be a favorite among the Central and East Dallas lot.
A friend of mine once said of Royal Thai, "Oh, THAT place is good." From someone who was born and raised in Thailand and who once claimed she would never eat Thai food if she didn't make it, her statement was as high as praise gets. She has a point, though. Ask someone who has ever been to Thailand, and more often than not they will tell you it's difficult to come back to the States and eat Americanized Thai food. This isn't the case for all Asian cuisines, and it puts Thai food in its own... More »
You can make an argument for Asian Mint, of course, but Royal Thai takes its regal title seriously. And it's not easy to depose a king when they turn out perfectly balanced pad Thai. Look beyond the world's go-to Thai noodle dish, and you'll find odd, fierce and refreshing combinations like pla goong, full of lemongrass, mint and burning peppers. There's even Texas-pleasing cuts of flank steak. Service is solid, the cooking consistent and the restaurant well-deserving of its longevity. More »
Royal Thai, a great place for lunch or dinner, combines a full menu of fresh, elegant Thai dishes with rich décor and flawless service. Most of the time the uniformed waiters here write nothing down when you order and forget nothing when they serve. Pad Thai, the universal favorite, is perfect, with spices blended to just the right savor. Spicy noodle is another treat--wok-tossed flat noodles with ground chicken breast, tomatoes, onions, jalapeño peppers and basil leaves.... More »
Like other cuisines--Italian and Chinese creep to mind--unearthing good Thai can be confounding. It can be listless. It can be sloppy. It can be uninspiring. Royal Thai shakes up the ennui, not only with fresh cuisine, but with its Thai elegance and sophisticated staging that includes a wine list fraught with clear thinking (acid lush whites and reds along with the usual Chard-Cab brigade). Tom kha gai, a soup of galangal, coconut milk, chicken, mushrooms, lemongrass, kaffir lime... More »
The lunch crowds here tell you all you need to know about the food. Expect a 10- to 20-minute wait during peak lunch hours, but go ahead and put your name in. It's worth it. Just tell the boss you had a flat on the way back from lunch (or come back for dinner). We like our curry dishes and pad Thai fiery, and Royal Thai can turn up the heat--but only if we ask for it--while preserving the many layers of flavors that make Thai distinctive. Tulip dumplings stuffed with shrimp and pork and... More »
To celebrate Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, available this week, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in n... More »
There are several criteria I use when judging a restaurant, but I don't use all of them all the time. Food, setting, service, atmosphere, and wine selection are all important but not necessarily equally important. Sometimes one thing is more... More »
Royal Thai, a great place for lunch or dinner, combines a full menu of fresh, elegant Thai dishes with rich décor and flawless service. Most of the time the uniformed waiters here write nothing down when you order and forget nothing when they serve. Pad Thai, the universal favorite, is perfect, with spices blended to just the right savor. Spicy noodle is another treat—wok-tossed flat noodles with ground chicken breast, tomatoes, onions, jalapeño peppers and basil leaves. You may run into a wait for lunch, but Royal Thai provides for that with a comfortable waiting area and bar. Still, it's best to call ahead.
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