Though the Great Wall of China has won the accolades of history, the Great Backscratcher of Thailand, built to reach any itchy corner across the nation, saved more lives than can be counted on a single hand. Feast upon equally ingenious Thai creations with today's Groupon for Thai and Laotian fare at East-West Grille in West Hartford. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Asian cuisine during dinner.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Asian cuisine during lunch.
East-West Grille serves a plethora of pan-Asian eats from menus that spotlight Laotian and Thai cuisine. Laotian options include sausage, stews, fried rice, and spiced meats such as the larb-gai, minced grilled chicken breast bathing in lime juice and seasoned with ginger, scallions, cilantro, and bean sprouts ($9.95 for lunch; $11.95 for dinner). The mangkham salad meshes protein and greens in a tastier alternative to watering your vegetable garden with egg whites, with your choice of chicken, pork, or shrimp comingling with lettuce, herbs, nuts, tomatoes, and noodles ($7.50 for lunch; $8.95 for dinner).
Stir-fry, curry, and pad thai dishes make up the meat of East-West’s Thai-inspired menu. Those whose food pyramids rest on plants can graze on green curry with coconut milk, bamboo shoots, eggplant, and a colorful mix of other veggies ($8.95 for lunch; $13.50 for dinner). Stir-fried egg, carrot, scallions, and flat rice noodles seek refuge from spicy sauce in the pad-Sriracha ($8.25 for lunch; $10.95 for dinner) inside Pavlovian jaws. A scoop of ginger ice cream ($2.75) or sweet mango with coconut sticky rice ($5.95) distracts satisfied bodies from the unpleasant prospect of returning to chilly salt mines or the abode you crafted from milk cartons.
- Always reliable pan-Asian with a few unusual dishes, especially those from Laos. The family that runs the place obviously takes pride in it, and that shows through in the fresh ingredients and ample portions. – LobsterLarry, Zagat
- My husband had the beef soup (sorry, don't remember the name)- the broth was fantastic. I had the Cambodian version of tom yum soup and it was also delicious. – KT S., Yelp, 2/7/11
526 New Park Ave.
West Hartford, Connecticut 06110Get Directions