If you can survive the tuk-tuk ride to get just one street over from one of the main boulevards then you will be very happy.
We actually took the trip over to Sugar Palm early in the day to scout the location and try and get a reservation. They had just closed for lunch but nice enough to let us in to look around and check the menu. We immediately wanted to make a reservation when we were told they were full. Tables all full at 7, 7:30 & 8pm. They said that there might be openings when those tables left at 9:15/9:30. Well, being New Yorkers, a 9pm dinner time is pretty standard on a weekend night.
As usual, everything was great. Spring rolls, Noodles with chicken, and a Fish Amok. I finally had a cocktail that I enjoyed called a Watermelon Mint. Perfect for this weather. Actually, I had two of them on this evening.
There is a reason why Sugar Palm is in most guide books. The building is beautiful, authentic and very cool. It is only a regular stilt home but it actually felt like you could be in an exotic scene from a James Bond movie; before they went outside to fight it out. Haha.