Throughout history, the ocean has supplied man with a venue for water-wing trials, teary-eyed sand fights, and sea-turtle heckling. Enjoy a more dignified Neptunian bounty with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $24 worth of Thai fare, sushi, and drinks at Chiang Mai Thai & Sushi Bar in Clearwater.
The culinary creators at Chiang Mai Thai & Sushi Bar artfully twist a variety of sushi rolls and curate a menu of traditional Thai dishes. The hot pepper and basil with beef or pork ($10.99) and Siam tofu ($14.99) are both doused in house-made chili sauce, which warms tongues with a gentle flame beneath the restaurant's potted bamboo and hanging art. The Fancy Duck dish ($18.99) arrives tableside with a posse of cashews and veggies while dinners admire dishes elegantly presented on indigo flatware, ornate wooden trays, and the backs of sleeping butlers. Cool glasses of Singha beer ($4.99 each) complement rolls from the sushi menu, such as the Dancing Dragon ($13.99), a duo of shrimp tempura and imitation crab that sashays among cucumber and scallions to a smattering of masago applause.
Chiang Mai Thai & Sushi Bar’s vast expanses of polished wood walls and ornately decorated high-backed booths transport diners to another land without the hassle of sneaking into a pilot's luggage.