Many thanks first must go to my guide Ning from Thailand International Tours who introduced this little gem to us. Café de Palm in Salaya, is part of The Palm Resort which is a small quaint resort nestled with the sois surrounding Mahidol University, Phuddamonton, in Nakorn Pathom. After a trip to Wat Laiking, a Thai temple in this area with Thailand International Tours, our tour group stopped by Café de Palm for a spot of lunch.
We had six people in our group, and after a busy day touring we were all famished, therefore ordered a great selection of foods.
First off was a delightful, originally authentic Tom Yum soup which featured all the famous Thai spices - salty, sour, sweet and spicy - this soup provided a pungent and zesty feast of flavours with every mouthful. Next to tell you about was the Laab Chicken Salad, also a classic Thai dish. Chicken can be replaced by beef, pork or even duck. The main ingredient in any ‘Laab’ dish is fresh mint, which I think marries superbly with the chicken.
Thai Spring Rolls are usually vegetarian by variety with clear noodles or vermicelli. These were lovely and fresh tasting spring rolls at Café de Palm. Served with sweet chilli sauce and freshly sliced cucumber. The Vegetable Carving was a fantastic touch and just goes to show the care and attention to the food that Café de Palm takes.
One of our group wasn’t as adventurous and went for a Thai Burger, served with hash browns, but that also looked a very tasty delight. This was served with home grown vegetables and a spicy, tangy chilli sauce.
The Thai Caesar Salad came with romaine lettuce and croutons dressed with parmesan cheese, lemon juice, olive oil, crunchy bacon bits, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. Yummy! Caesar salad is one of my favourite salads and one that I usually request when dining out, but on this occasion was ordered by our Thailand International Tours guide, so I had to watch every mouthful disappear.
The Thai Seafood Spaghetti was rich with spicy flavours and like all great Thai cuisine here at Café de Palm was a treat. It was slightly sweet and quite spicy, harmonizing wonderfully with the shrimp, mussels and clams. Lots of garlic was used, and the black olives were a pleasing touch.
The restaurant is decorated well, with a main feature of a model of the HMS Bounty sitting proudly at one end, and a replica of the Victoria Station Clock and Thai handicrafts which fit nicely with the relaxed atmosphere.
Café de Palm
200/250 Moo 5
Salaya Soi 1
Phuddamonton, Nakorn Pathom
02 441 5367 / 081 753 1384