Pad thai is so named because of its inherent softness, which is also why it’s used to stuff the mattresses of the world’s richest kings. Fall into a pillow of flavor with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Thai fare at Royal Thai Cuisine in Chesapeake.
Epicurean experts at Royal Thai Cuisine calibrate a menu of curry, stir fry, and noodles with spiciness that pops or disappears according to palate preference. Pineapple-shell halves, usually found as headwear for hula dancers, find a new purpose in cupping the chicken, shrimp, and cashew nuts of kai saparot ($15.95). Diners choose chicken, beef, or pork to bulk up tod katiam ($12.50) seasoned with fresh garlic and coriander leaves, and the pad ped ($12.50) features a choice of meat stir-fried with bamboo shoots in oyster sauce. A culinary craftsman uses bean threads to backstitch lettuce around ground pork and shrimp in the yum woon sen ($7.95), and chili sauce drips over roast duck ($15.95), which electrifies taste buds like a lightning-flavored lollipop and arrives at tables on its own hot plate.
Although Royal Thai Cuisine sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Royal Thai Cuisine
Although crisp tablecloths and wood-paneled walls lend Royal Thai Cuisine's dining room a formal air, an attentive waitstaff and old-style Thai recipes help to keep the atmosphere homey. As guests peruse the menu of fragrant curries, stir-fried chicken, and roasted fish, servers patiently answer questions about specific dishes' ingredients and spice levels, which can be made mild or fiery. For added visual flair, some entrees arrive in a hollowed-out half-pineapple or the arms of a cardboard cutout of Cary Grant.
805 Battlefield Blvd. N
Chesapeake, Virginia 23320Get Directions