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 $7, you get $15 worth of Thai fare and drinks at Bangkok Palace Thai Restaurant.
At Bangkok Palace, senses are treated to a menu of curries, seafood, noodles, and soups that toughen meal decision-making with their sweet and spicy aromas. Earn belly halos by beginning with an order of Angel Wings, a serving of boneless chicken wings stuffed with ground chicken and jelly noodles in a sweet cucumber sauce ($10.95). Six curries battle to fulfill spice quotas, including the pineapple-duck curry ($15.95), and 11 veggie dishes placate strictly herbivorous palates with options such as sweet-and-sour vegetables ($9.95). Spicy fried fish in a sweet garlic-and-chili sauce ($15.95) sends taste buds swimming only to have them backstroke into meal-time refreshments including chilled Heineken ($3.95) and warm sake ($4), which fuel belly pistons for second edible rounds.
Bangkok Palace Thai Restaurant
Owners Tom and Alin Prom source fruits and vegetables for their Thai and Laotian dishes from farmers' markets and harvest fresh lemongrass and galangal from the Alin's sister's local garden. The fresh ingredients come together in elaborate salads, curries, and meat dishes with the option of vegetarian substitutions. After flavor, presentation is paramount: papaya salad piles upward in a delicate tower, and pineapple fried rice arrives in a hollowed pineapple or in the midst of a pineapple bush. Floral arrangements, Southeast Asian artwork, and golden tablecloths complement the colors of vibrant lunch and dinner entrees.
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