The ability to easily differentiate between red and green curry is the mark of a good Thai chef and a healthy child faking colorblindness to skip school. Test your rods and cones with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of traditional Thai fare for lunch or dinner at Burapa Thai's Arlington or Leesburg location.
Burapa Thai’s Arlington and Leesburg kitchens craft MSG-free meals from traditional spices and authentic Thai recipes. Instead of donning a giant Hot Pocket, guests can warm up with the broccoli sunshine ($10–$10.50 for dinner), which can be customized with beef, chicken, or pork and one of three spiciness levels, or the lava catfish’s eruption of chili paste ($15–$15.95). Classic pad thai ($10–$14 for dinner) comes with bean sprouts and crushed peanuts, while duck curry ($14.95–$17 for dinner) waddles toward tables from a pond of red coconut curry. In addition to Thai dishes, the Arlington location serves a Japanese menu brimming with teriyakis ($14–$18) and more than 30 types of sushi, carefully rolled so fillings don’t get colicky ($4–$9 for two pieces of nigiri; $4–$12 for one maki roll).
Lined with comfy booths, abstract tile work, and rich wood paneling, the Arlington location invites diners to relax with a cocktail (not included in today’s deal) as they peruse the menu. Guests can also admire fresh-cut flowers or sniff colorful paintings of water blossoms.
At Burapa Thai's two locations in Arlington and Leesburg, the dishes on the menu tantalize with a fragrant cocktail of spices. The aromas of marinated beef mingle with those of honey, Thai herbs, and garlic, and crispy duck crackles sharply beneath sauce and basil leaves. Waiters pass through the dining room toting plates that highlight seafood and shrimp as well as lard na, a type of wide rice noodle. With steam from curries melding coconut, shrimp, and eggplant, chefs behind Burapa's sushi bar roll up eel and salmon held together by seaweed like Robinson Crusoe’s flat-screen TV. Amid the Arlington location’s booths, abstract tile work, and rich wood paneling, guests admire fresh-cut flowers.