TAMPA — Most Americans are only familiar with foods from two or three Asian countries, say the owners of Royal Palace Thai. Now they say it's time to discover Philippine, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Mandarin and other Asian cuisines.
Randall Knowles, who runs the S Howard Avenue restaurant with his wife, Tapanee Damrongwatanasuk, are introducing a new small-plates menu called SoHo Hawkers.
"In 16 years of traveling to Thailand, we often ate Asian street food," Knowles said. "Cooked in big woks by 'hawkers,' people who hawk street treats."
Hong Kong noodle soup, Bahn Mi sliders and Thai flatbread made with peanut sauce instead of red sauce were instant hits. Wings are a specialty: five for $5, with 10 sauces, such as green jalapeno and Bangkok Is Burning. Japanese teriyaki bowls come with a choice of chicken, shrimp or mixed vegetables. Definitely save room for mango creme brulee and Indian mango ice cream desserts.
A new bartender handcrafts cocktails to sip on the Deck811 drink area. During happy hour, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., IPA goes for $2.
Royal Palace Thai Restaurant and SoHo Hawkers, 811 S Howard Ave., is open 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit royal palacethai.com or call (813) 258-5893.
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