Peanut oil is a traditional ingredient in Thai cuisine and not the product of dinosaurs throwing their peanut shells on the ground for millennia as commonly thought. Fuel up sans fossils with today’s Groupon: for $44, you get a three-course prix fixe dinner for two (up to a $92 total value) at Laut. Choose between the following options:
- Redeemable Sunday–Thursday
- Redeemable Friday or Saturday<p>
For the complete prix fixe menu, click here. The three-course prix fixe dinner includes the following:
- Two appetizers (up to a $9 value each)
- Two entrees (up to a $30 value each)
- Two desserts (up to a $7 value each)<p>
Michelin-starred and lauded by the New York Times in 2009 as “some of the best Malaysian food in Manhattan,” Laut earns acclaim by serving tamarind duck, shrimp pad see ew, and other southeast-Asian delicacies inside a warmly lit dining area with exposed brick walls. Eaters can devour forkfuls of the papaya salad’s spicy vinaigrette-clad veggies before exfoliating taste buds with bites of crispy pancake, chicken, and curry sauce from the roti canai appetizer. Spices abound in the chili crab’s bowl of egg, garlic, ginger, and tomato sauce, and they season the dry-simmered beef of the rendang entree, which is sprinkled with lemongrass, lime leaves, and grated coconut. To conclude, mochi ice cream and other dessert plates sate sweet teeth or slide into automobile CD players to pinpoint the nearest dentist.
Our customers loved this deal last year, earning Laut a spot on Groupon’s Best of 2011 list.
“Some New York restaurants hide behind unmarked entrances and velvet ropes. Laut hides behind its menu: a pan-Asian thicket of sushi, Thai soups and Chinese noodles,” said Julia Moskin of the New York Times. While the menu might be robust enough to provide shelter during hide-and-seek, the restaurant doesn't sacrifice quality for quantity, as the Asian fusion cuisine has garnered a Michelin star.
The food owes its authentic flavor to the owners, Malaysian natives Kathy Wong and Michael Bong, whose generations-old Malaysian recipes sing a culinary siren song to both city natives and tourists. The couple's kitchen staff only works with fresh ingredients, which go into the restaurant's signature sauces and flavor-infusions, including sweet chili sauce, tamarind dressing, and coconut rice. The eatery also houses a sushi bar, where the chefs do more rolling than an inner tube dropped from the top of Mount Everest. Its ample options and welcoming dining room make Laut “well worth a visit,” says Moskin. Laut is the parent restaurant to Pasar Malam in Williamsburg, Brooklyn also featured on Groupon.