The ability to differentiate between red and green curry is the mark of a good Thai chef and a common tell among children faking colorblindness to skip school. Test your rods and cones with today’s Groupon to Papaya Thai & Asian BBQ in South Norwalk. Choose between the following options:
- For $7, you get $15 worth of Thai fare for lunch.
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Thai fare for dinner.
The gustatory gurus at Papaya Thai & Asian BBQ weave together Thai flavors such as creamy coconut, fruity papaya, and spicy ginger to fill [lunch](http://www.papayathai.com/lunch.html) and [dinner](http://www.papayathai.com/maindish.html) menus with both traditional and modern dishes. Exposed-brick and periwinkle walls soar above evening patrons using Magic 8 Balls to divine whether to savor crispy coconut-encrusted chicken bathed with plum and peanut sauces ($16.95) or barbecued pork chops drizzled with sweet and spicy chili sauce ($15.95) for dinner. Meanwhile, waiters weave their way through the dining room’s foliage bearing the curry sampler’s trio of bowls, filled with shrimp panang, beef massaman, and green-curry chicken ($21.95). Mixologists at the [tiki bar](http://www.papayathai.com/drinks.html) splash together tropical cocktails such as the pachyderm punch ($6.75), named for the elephantine tendency to engage in impromptu boxing matches after drinking too much vodka, ginger brandy, and blue curacao. At lunch, patrons can munch wide rice noodles, asian broccoli, and chicken or veggies as they sip the savory broth from a bowl of Drunken Noodle ($8.95), or let their forks dive into beef or tofu glazed with a plum-tamarind concoction for the cashew himmaparn ($11.95) beneath the soft glimmer of globe lights and glow-in-the-dark yo-yos suspended from the ceiling.
Papaya Thai and Asian BBQ
Whether beneath the thatched roof of the tiki hut or at an intimate table surrounded by bamboo shoots, Papaya Thai and Asian BBQ’s tropical themes pervade the eatery’s confines. The barbecue bar grants diners a front-row seat to watch chefs expertly grill marinated meats and veggies on wooden skewers, wielding the power of fire like Prometheus to cook beef to its tender best state. A variety of Thai tasting plates and main dishes include classics such as pad thai, sizzling chicken in a thai barbecue sauce, and skewered chicken satay. From the tiki bar, bartenders pour tropical drinks such as papaya thai-ritas made with sweet mango and nutty monkeys, an almond-rum-banana concoction the staff delivers to tables by way of swinging through the rafters.
24 Marshall St.
South Norwalk, Connecticut 06854