There are those Thai restaurants where lavish teak carving share the dining room aromas music and decor create an alluring sense of Southeast Asia. Rice Thai Cuisine is not one of those restaurants. Rice Thai is the maiden venture of our family, a Palo Alto resident who came to the United States from Thailand honing the skills from our hometown. The restaurant is minimalist and sleek with rich chocolate walls and an interior that’s just this side of austere. But ambience aside, in just over a year Rice Thai has proven itself a welcome addition to the lunch and dinner scene in south Palo Alto. Business folk and others crowd the El Camino Real restaurant for good deals on generous lunch specials. Priced right and served with a small salad, soup and egg roll, the lunch here offers a flavorful midday break. Ambiance is more calm and cozy for some diners who are looking for a nice evening meal.