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‘Hedonistic as Caligula’ at Le Farfalle; ‘Funky and Bright’ at Thai Palm

What the critics are saying this week

Brian Stetson

Writer Vanessa Wolf declares her big crush on Italian newcomer Le Farfalle in this week’s City Paper. The octopus carpaccio makes for a “veritable work of art,” funghi fritti is “Hedonistic as Caligula,” the sorghum pappardelle comes out “luxuriant and balanced,” and the chicken picatta “may threaten your very sanity, with a turducken-esque take on the Italian-American classic.” In the conclusion, Wolf praises chef Michael Toscano’s restaurant for its “offhandedly chic vibe and near-perfect food.”

Former Pattaya owner Noch Lor opened Thai Palm in North Charleston last year, and this week, Post and Courier critic Hanna Raskin takes a look. She explains, “For eaters who’ve lamented the state of Pattaya since Lor sold it, or were never privy to the fuss surrounding the restaurant, Thai Palm is a fine place to know.” She finds fine examples of the cuisine, including sauces “a notch more complex than their counterparts at lesser Thai restaurants,” a “dignified” chili-garlic sauce, and a “toasty red curry, silky with coconut milk and orange as a pumpkin, is simultaneously funky and bright.” She concludes by urging readers to seek out the “shredded papaya salad, glossed with fish sauce and prickled with salted crab.”

Le Farfalle

15 Beaufain Street, , SC 29401 (843) 212-0920 Visit Website

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