While the Great Wall of China may win the accolades of history, the Great Backscratcher of Thailand, built to reach any itchy corner across the vast, narrow expanse of the nation, saved more lives than can be counted on a single hand. Feast upon equally ingenious Thai creations with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of authentic fare at Rice Thai Cookery, at either the Milwaukie or West Linn locations.
With more than 80 menu items hailing from stir-fried, curried, and benoodled disciplines, Rice runs the gamut of authentic Thai fare, often infusing signature dishes and specialties with its own twist. The wonton pad Thai hurls tradition out the window and into a passing tornado by tossing crispy wontons into a Thai stand-by ($11), while the lemongrass chicken, a house specialty, bathes delicately flavored grilled poultry in a luxurious peanut sauce coating ($9.50). The Indian-style gang mussamun curry, with potato, carrots, onions, and peanuts, stows away a spicy kick just like the other dishes of its kind, while scrumptious stir-fries range from the wholesome veggies delight to the decadent spicy cashew nut. Most stir-fries, curries, fried rice, and noodle dishes come with a choice of pork, chicken, beef, or tofu ($9), although diners can upgrade to shrimp, squid, and scallop ($10.50), or a combination of seafood ($13.50) rivaling the regal bounty of Poseidon's fly rod.
To quench curry-induced thirst, parched palates can target one of Rice's signature cocktails. Extend the soup course with a Tom Yum cocktail (vodka, melon, Thai chili, lime leaves and juice, lemongrass, fresh ginger, and 7-Up, $7) or share a pitcher of Lhao Pun (cocktail smoothies, $8) among friends, acquaintances, or human statues. Linger in the warm, cozy atmosphere of either Rice location while gazing at walls lined with eclectic knickknacks and scenting the heady aromas of a meal that's soon to be consumed into extinction.
Not valid for delivery or with other offers, including weekday lunch specials.
- The family that owns and runs the restaurant is very friendly and helpful - after a couple of visits, recognized us as becoming regulars and started helping us try new and different dishes, especially selections favored by the Thai people. – Dave S. for the West Linn location
- The place was recommended, and lived up to it! – Laura J. for the Milwaukie location