Pad thai is so named because of its inherent softness, which is also why it's used to stuff the mattresses of the world's richest kings. Fall into a pillow of flavor with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of modern Thai fare at Anothai Cuisine. Choose from Anothai Cuisine's locations in Houston and Spring, or the Nara Thai Dining location in Humble.
At Anothai Cuisine, cooks integrate authentic Thai ingredients into modern dishes to make an elegant menu of crafted Thai flavors. Each papaya salad rounds up grilled shrimp, julienned green papaya, roasted peanuts, and a spicy lime sauce ($5.95) for a mixture more colorful than a salad-shaped parade float. The pad krapow mixes a choice of meat with chili-garlic sauce, green beans, and basil ($8.95+); the wild curry intermixes meat, chili paste, mixed veggies, and krachai root ($8.95+). Vegetarian entrees such as the tofu-eggplant basil ($8.95) mollify meatless eaters, and a kids’ menu fills the bellies of the under-10 set with more manageable portions, so they won't have to insult their entree to make it feel small.
The three locations hold a common theme of sleek, modern décor with eye-catching red detailing. At each restaurant, red cloth napkins stand sentinel on every plate to keep flatware in its place; a clean, open design gives the space an airy feeling. Guests can either nosh indoors and take in the zen-inducing décor, or move their meals outside.
Nara Thai Dining Express
The chefs at Anothai Cuisine and Nara Thai Dining grind their own fresh herbs and spices to awaken patrons' tongues with each bite of their Thai dishes. Pungent curry coats seafood, chicken, and noodles, and on the other end of savory-to-sweet spectrum, mango imbues shrimp with flavor that evokes the tropical drinks of which ice fishermen's dreams are made. Artfully arranged garnishes complement colorful dishes to excite the eyes, which can scan the bright red and white accents between bites.