Lemongrass lends citrus flavor to Thai dishes and an odd color to the shoes of any children who play rugby in its fields. Sample traditional tastes without ruining sports attire with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Thai cuisine at Cee Fine Thai Dining in Fairfax, Virginia.
Cee Fine Thai Dining's servers top white tablecloths with red, yellow, and green curries ($10–$12) infused with coconut milk and a menu of Thai favorites. The pad thai's sautéed noodles ensnare bean sprouts, ground peanuts, and chicken or shrimp ($9–$14), marinated sesame beef sizzles on a hot plate ($15), and the tofu with basil sits quietly amid herb leaves and chili pepper ($9–$11). Patio seating allows al fresco dining during warm weather and the construction of well-appointed snow forts in colder months.
Cee Fine Thai Dining
At Cee Fine Thai Dining, chefs assemble stunningly arranged plates of authentic Thai fare, separating meals and sauces for an interactive dining experience, or arranging disparate components in an artful stack to create a new twist on a familiar dish. This culinary runway show honors Thailand's cooking traditions at every turn, earning kudos from the Washington Post for serving "food that tastes as good as it looks." Flavors such as sweet yellow pineapple complement the spicy red sauce of a roasted-duck curry, and tableside clay pots throw aromatic steam diners’ way to announce a mélange of shrimp, mussels, and rice. Whether enjoyed on the patio or amid the dining room's ripe orange walls, luscious desserts including key-lime pie conclude meals on a tropical note. The restaurant also hosts live music, wine tastings, and cooking classes, helping diners liberate inner chefs and pent-up running men.