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Vientiane Palace Restaurant II
Ranked #708 of 1,065 Restaurants in Madison
Cuisines: Thai
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Reviewed 11 August 2016

was in town for a conference and ended up here with a few others for lunch. We were all a bit disappointed. I had mixed vegetables with shrimp. The shrimp was VERY good, and the veggies were cooked just right, but the sauce was bad --even had clumps of flour or corn starch in it = NOT good. someone else got the papaya salad and said it usually has peanuts on top but this time it didn't. she had it #2 out of 3 for spicy and she said it was HOT. Someone else had pho and said it was OK, but it came with everything already in it, not with the spices on the side to add as you wish. So, no one felt it was bad. We ate our food. We BARELY made it back in time (we had one hour, and walked here). So, not quick and not great.

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Thank Jeanette E
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

I lived in Madison for 8 years until 2002, and Vientiane Palace was one of my favorite restaurants. I was very happy to see that it was still around one my first trip back to the city in 13 years. Nothing much has changed. It's not a fancy place. In fact, it's kind of dark. But the food is still very tasty - I had the whole fried basil with chicken. I hope it will still be there when I return again.

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Thank Ingo H
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Reviewed 21 January 2016

I've driven by this place dozens of times and had always wanted to stop and try it. Well, today was that day and I'm sorry to say that it was a waste of my money. I would not recommend this place at all.

I ordered the spicy plate from the lunch menu and got a dish that was very displeasing to look at and tasted just as bad. I was essentially served a very large onion that had been sliced and sauteed in a nasty colored brown sauce. There was also about 6-8 tiny pieces of tofu (smaller than a cashew), 4-6 tiny pieces of eggplant, a couple of stalks of basil and some bamboo shoots. Oh and did I mention A LOT of onions.

I asked for spicy and indeed the dish was spicy.

My husband got the curried squash and his dish was just as disappointing. There were more pieces of squash but again very little tofu. The sauce was the same nasty brown color but it did have a little bit different taste. He asked for 1/2 of a star (so very, very not spicy) and his dish was spicy - probably more like 3 out of 5 star.

Other reviews have addressed the service issue. Yes, the service leaves much to be desired but really it is the terrible food that ensures that I won't go back.

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Thank Cynthia R
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Reviewed 8 January 2016

We have been eating in this restaurant from 1998 I guess.. One of the best fried rice and red curry on our Town. Great taste and flavor. Chief chef cooks best.

Thank JPRABAK
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Reviewed 27 November 2014

The food is good but the inside of the restaurant smells and is ugly. The waitress may or may not be able to talk to you. Food is good, but take it to go.

Thank dawnomj
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