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 Thai fare and drinks at Bangkok Thai Bistro.
Bangkok Thai Bistro integrates an abundance of authentic Thai dishes into a menu ranging from traditional starters to wok-fried meals resting on beds of rice. Fresh spring rolls ($6) and papaya salads ($8) coax out hibernating taste buds with rich flavors and eye-popping presentations, and stuffed chicken wings pack boneless bites with ground pork and bean thread to delight meat admirers ($8).
Conscientious wok cooks can whip up entrees to each patron's request, such as beef-filled bean sauce with ginger, mushroom, and scallions ($6.95, lunch; $10, dinner) or tofu garnished with soybean chili sauce, eggplant, and other veggies ($5.95, lunch; $9, dinner). Cups of tom yum shrimp, a hot and sour broth enhanced with lemongrass and lime juice, entertain tables with captivating cameos ($6), and specialty main courses elicit studio-audience applause with the curry-seasoned chu chee salmon ($14). Diners simmer over spicy creations in Bangkok Thai Bistro's dining room against clean white walls and bamboo-inspired flooring while steam emits from their silhouettes and their noses whistle to alert servers when they're ready to be poured.
540 University Ave.
San Diego, California 92103