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Palo Alto CA: Tamarine

For our lunch meeting, Kimberly, Ben and I retired to Tamarine on University Avenue. It is a Vietnamese restaurant but many of the dishes remind me of Thai. We started with the lychee-orange salad and the Tamarine taste platter. The salad was a little disappointing---the pistachios in the salad didn't really pop out. Overall, the tastes in the platter were pretty subtle. But these sorts of dishes are very refreshing without being heavy. I had the Madras chili tofu. Once again, the flavors were subdued. This time, the dish wasn't as hot as I expected. Everything was very well executed but I do wish the flavors, particularly the more unusual ones, stood out more. Tamarine on Urbanspoon

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