GOURMET HOUSE (787 Hope Street, Providence 401-831-3400) is Apsara Palace dressed up and serving wine and beer. Popular. Shrimp Nime Chow a/k/a fresh rolls - rice noodles, sprouts, lettuce, Thai mint and basil in a translucent rice wrap with peanut dipping sauce - are usually in my order but we let the manager choose a second appetizer, Hae Kainge, a fried bean curd wrap with cilantro and green onions. Hae Kainge is an ugly sight on the plate but take a bite and looks won't matter. Like many area restaurants, Gourmet House covers a few bases, offering much Thai but including other Southeast Asian dishes and lots of Chinese. Along with a Thai curry we chose Bejing duck which was completely different from the expected (pork-bun style puffy pancakes for one thing) and a success.
Another good choice in the upper Hope neighborhood.