Pad thai is so named because of its inherent softness, which is also why it is used to stuff the mattresses of the world's richest kings. Fall into a pillow of flavor with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Thai fusion fare at Lime Leaf Thai Cuisine, in Hendersonville.
Within a two-story space, decorated by an array of antique décor, Lime Leaf Thai Cuisine hosts a plethora of distinctive Thai fusion eats inspired by a blend of culinary traditions. Starters, such as the pork and vegetable dumplings ($5.50), loosen up rusty jaw hinges, readying mouths for chewing or attempts to cram entire fists inside them. Then, plumb the depths of the extensive seafood menu, to yield deep-sea delicacies such as the emerald shrimp, which seasons grilled whole crustaceans with fresh garlic, onions, carrots, and broccoli ($15.95). Curry dishes allow diners to choose foundations, such as tofu ($9.95), beef ($10.95), or a seafood combo ($15.95), upon which to build dishes of gang massaman with potatoes, ground peanut, onions, cashews, and pineapples, delivering a kick as spicy as a paprika-coated kangaroo. Meanwhile, the lime-leaf grilled chicken, topped with peanut sauce and sidled up next to mixed vegetables ($11.95), inspires stomach owners to switch off their vacancy signs.
Lime Leaf Thai Cuisine
At Lime Leaf Thai Cuisine, husband-and-wife owners David Cheng and Kanas Lam meld Thai and Asian fusion flavors to fashion lunch and dinner menus brimming with curries, noodles, and rice dishes. They infuse the lineup with six different types of curries, including red curry, gang pa, or panang neur, accompanied by tasty submersibles of pork, chicken, or beef. To sate cravings for Vietnamese flavors, they serve up bowls of pho in rich broth, simmering with delectable bites of seafood or beef. And their hibachi-style red snapper communicates with taste buds through a series of mouthwatering sizzles and Morse code fin flips.
Lime Leaf Thai Cuisine reserves Friday nights for live music in its chic lounge, which occupies the upper level of a two-story space complete with an on-site wine cellar and a private party room.