Thai food attempts to balance the five fundamental flavors: hot, sour, sweet, salty, and victory. Score a win for your mouth with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Thai lunch fare at Orchid Garden.
Family owned and operated, Orchid Garden causes fresh Thai dishes to magically materialize in a pale-green dining room festooned with potted plants, pictures of exotic orchids, and a mighty army of garden gnomes guarding the lunch buffet against improper tong usage ($9.95). Every weekday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., curious connoisseurs can graze from a smorgasbord of more than 30 dishes, with seafood featured on Fridays. Orchid's set menu preps the palates of more decisive diners with appetizers, such as Thai-beef or pork jerky and sticky rice, before lighting off edible fireworks in the form of noodles and curries, as well as a sizable selection of Chinese dishes such as mongolian beef, sesame chicken, and stir-fried vegetables with tofu ($9.95–$10.95 on average). Combination plates, served with steamed rice and spring rolls, take tongues on a gastronomical voyage of traditional Thai dishes such as ba lad prig—fresh whole fish deep fried and topped with red curry sauce, lemon leaves, basil, garlic, and hot peppers—or pad preaw whan—beef, chicken, or pork served with cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes, pineapples, onions, and a tangy sweet-and-sour sauce.
Growing up in the Udon Thani province of Thailand, the owners of Orchid Garden learned to love two things: cooking and the province's famed orchids. So when they opened their family restaurant using the recipes they learned in Udon Thani, they decided to name it Orchid Garden. There, they specialize in spicy Thai curries and stir-fried noodles, which they toss with a choice of meat, seafood, veggies, or tofu, using only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients. Their signature dish is the ba lad prig, a whole fish that is marinated and deep fried before being spiced with lemon leaves, Thai basil, garlic, and hot peppers. On weekdays, 30 of their dishes can be found on the lunch buffet. But the selections rotate every day, like the tires of someone who commutes from Seattle to Boston for work. They don't limit their menu to just Thai items, however. They also serve up classic Chinese dishes as well as beer and wine from around the world.