According to most restaurant critics, the perfect Thai meal is served on a plate, which rests on a table with legs. Try some authentic Thai cuisine the way it was meant to be served with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $60 worth of realer-than-reality curries, noodles, drinks, and more from Bangkok Balcony in Squirrel Hill.
The authentic menu features dishes that heap on the spice without overwhelming the subtle interplay of textures and flavors for which the culinary culture of Thailand is known. Although there are many dishes designed to set palates ablaze, Bangkok Balcony also offers a multitude of milder bites. Ignite the meal with an appetizer of mussels and fresh basil in hot garlic sauce ($9) or a more-sweet-than-sassy steamed pork-and-shrimp dumpling ($8). Season your stomach with curried plates such as pineapple curry with your choice of meat, green peas, and coconut milk ($14) or an oodle of see-you noodles with broccoli and egg ($13). Stick to the ground level of the food chain with one of many vegetarian delights, such as the tofu platter with deep-fried tofu stir-fried with carrots, broccoli, and onions in a roasted curry paste ($14).
Replete with a flame-temple color scheme, golden relief-carved walls, and a hop-to-it staff, Bangkok Balcony transports diners to a time when Thailand was known as Siam—where the men commuted to work on flying elephants and the women ruled the jungles from thrones made of living scarlet monkeys.
- Don't miss the tom kha (coconut soup) or massaman curry. – ShannaD, Urbanspoon
- Great service - very friendly. We had our 6 month old daughter with is [sic] and it was no problem - servers oohed and awed over her! – Jim Gianoglio, Urbanspoon
- Treat yourself to a Thai iced tea when you're there; you won't regret it! – Krisykatt, TripAdvisor