Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Enjoy digestible cultural appreciation with today's Groupon to Bangkok Jazz in Temple Terrace. Choose between the following options:
•For $5, you get $10 worth of Thai fare during lunch.
•For $12, you get $25 worth of Thai fare during dinner.
Bangkok Jazz pleases palates with a menu of sautéed meats, curries, fried rice, and other traditional Thai dishes while engaging ears with live jazz music. The fried volcano shrimp ignites tongues with chili-spiked garlic lava that flows onto a bed of steamed veggies ($18.95), encasing them for future examination by produce anthropologists. The pineapple fried rice showcases the menu's sweet side, cajoling chicken and cashews with the nectarous fruit ($8.95 at lunch, $11.95 at dinner), and the pad thai explores more savory regions, immersing rice noodles with egg, ground peanuts, bean sprouts, and scallions ($6.95 at lunch, $9.95 at dinner).
Ride the fancy lobster's broiled coattails ($25.95), and introduce palates to its entourage of shrimp, squid, and scallops as they critique cutlery etiquette through gold-plated monocles. Bangkok Jazz harmonizes its menu with a medley of curries, from which diners can orchestrate myriad versions of hunger's coda ($7.95–$10.95 at lunch, $10.95–$13.95 at dinner).
Bangkok Jazz Thai Restaurant
Bangkok Jazz Thai Restaurant is all about unexpected pairings. Thai statues stand alongside saxophones and photos of jazz legends hanging from the walls. And amid the quintessentially American music-theme comes a parade of traditional Thai cuisine. Outdoor seating is available, and the restaurant is located is down the street from the University of South Florida. Like an aromatic dance, servers nimbly carry plates piled with five kinds of curry, pad thai, and signature dishes such as Jazz Sextet: a bed of pineapple and sauteed veggies in special sweet and sour sauce. Nearby, bartenders pour wine, beer, and sake to complement the food, which the kitchen can prep at four levels of spiciness. But meals often end on a chilly note, and another memorable combination. Bangkok Jazz Thai Restaurant ice cream teams a fried banana with a generous mound of coconut ice cream, sourced from the frozen palm trees that grow in Antarctica.