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 cuisine at Blu Ginger Thai Cafe in Irving.
Blu Ginger Thai Cafe stages a flavorful musical for the senses, starring an ensemble cast of traditional Thai fare composed of fresh spices and ingredients. Build the meal around the dependable Fish Cake Tower, a foundation of deep-fried fish patties reinforced with ruby-red curry, kaffir leaves, and diced green beans ($6.99). The Golden Field fried rice enriches taste buds with its Thai brown sauce ($10.99), and flat rice noodles, basil leaves, broccoli, onion, and other veggies arrange themselves in the shape of pad kee mow before rearranging themselves into an impressive food pyramid ($10.99). Seven steamy noodle soups, such as the seafare-filled Ocean udon, pair up with a choice of seven curries, including the yellow curry with its charms of potatoes, carrots, and onions in a coconut cream sauce ($10.99). A sweet conclusion of ice cream ($3.99) or a crispy banana wrap ($4.99) lets diners sit back and reflect on the meal's choices, coming to peace with the impulsive appetizer orders and hastily blended sauces of youth.
Hanging lamps illuminate feasts at Blu Ginger, while abstract artwork provides food for thought to keep hungry brains from stealing bites of tofu. Patrons have the option of dining outside amidst stone columns, laughing and carrying on beneath the colorful umbrellas.
Blu Ginger Thai Cafe
Most people don't like to admit when they should adjust their attitudes, but the customers at Blu Ginger Thai Cafe welcome "attitude adjustors" with open mouths. These appetizer dishes hope to change a group's day for the better through the likes marinated chicken-satay skewers or a tower of fish patties served with sweet-tangy sauce. This playfulness with names and Thai flavors extends to the rest of the menu, which includes "curious curries" and "slurpers:" over-sized soups such as Cinnamon Bull beef noodle. Other dishes highlight the restaurant's eponymous ingredient. Take the Ginger Bell for example, for which chefs stir fry the root with bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, and carrots.
Whether it's roasted duck or basil fried rice, the chefs can prep the dish to one of four spice levels, from mild to very hot. The only other question is where to devour these Thai flavors—perhaps out on the patio or beneath hanging lamps at a casual table for two, the perfect place to take a full-length mirror for a date.