If variety is the spice of life, then to-do lists are the cans of cream-of-mushroom soup that make each day taste like a disappointing casserole. Electrify your existence with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Thai dinner fare at I-Thai Restaurant & Bar in Vienna.
I-Thai Restaurant & Bar cooks up a colorful and savory menu of traditional Thai dishes that beguile taste buds with fruity embraces and chili-pepper kisses. Diners can dip their toes into savory waters with chicken satay ($5.95) or fresh mussels steamed with lemongrass and basil ($6.95). Signature entrees include the crispy soft-shell crab accessorized by one of three sauces ($17.95) and the Crying Tiger ($15.95), a marinated flank steak spilling spicy fish-sauce tears over its unrequited love for the Ringling Brothers. I-Thai Restaurant woos vegetarians with options such as bangkok asparagus ($10.95) and ginger ginger ($9.95), a soiree of onions, scallions, and black mushrooms in a tasty bean sauce. The restaurant labels all spicy dishes according to a four-tiered heat index designed by retired meteorologists, and the culinary craftsmen also incorporate sweet fruit to temper the tongue-tingling properties of dishes including mango curry ($9.95) and papaya salad ($4.95).
Side Street & Sushi Bar by I-Thai
Chefs at Side Street & Sushi Bar by I-Thai lean on the sweetness of shredded mango, the distinctive aromas of kefir lime leaves, and the bright greens, yellows, and reds of spicy thai chili pastes. Inside the dining area, natural light streams in through the windows, flitting through the steam that rises from marinated cornish game hen grilled with spicy sour herb sauce and deep-fried duck crowned with chili sauce and basil leaves. The simple black-and-white interior contrasts sharply with the colorful food, letting green papaya and crimson peppers shine.