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 Sawasdee Thai Restaurant, valid at the Glenwood Avenue and Capital Boulevard locations. Choose between the following options:
- For $9, you get $20 worth of Thai dinner cuisine, valid Sunday–Thursday.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Thai dinner cuisine, valid Friday–Saturday.<p>
Sawasdee Thai Restaurant’s talented chefs craft authentic Thai dishes from their native country inside two elegant and eclectic locations. Dive into dinner plates topped with deep-fried catfish in a pool of spicy chili sauce ($16.99), or tender slices of beef sirloin in sesame oil ($14.99). Pad see ewe chicken ($11.99+) luxuriates in soy sauce, and classic chicken pad thai ($11.99+) appeases palates hungry for stir-fry comfort. Chefs make meat magically disappear with a shake of a wand and precisely angled mirrors as they craft vegetarian entrees such as the green curry tofu ($11.99) made with an array of veggies, tofu, and basil leaves soaked in a green chili curry. Menu items and prices may vary slightly by location.
Swathes of yellow and red weave prominently through the décor in both locations, elegantly adorned with Thai artifacts and artwork. An eclectic collection of furniture runs the gamut from wicker chairs, decorated tabletops, and chairs whose backs sport cut-out circles and squares through which servers attempt to fling cylindrical spring rolls.
Sawasdee Thai Restaurant
If you're a Triangle-dwelling Thai food fan, it's likely that you know about Sawasdee Thai Restaurant—it won Indy Week's Best of the Triangle award for Best Thai Cuisine every year from 2007–2011. In 2013, it picked up another honor from the paper: Best Restaurant with Gluten-Free Options. While the Thai chefs at Sawasdee ground the menu in their homeland's culinary traditions—which means the salt comes from fish sauce, the sweetness from palm sugar, and the pucker from tamarind—they're always looking for ways to make them feel fresh and relevant to local diners. That means things such as creating a separate gluten-free menu so no one has to begin their meal simply hunting for a dish that suits their diet. And an extensive vegetarian section leaves out the fish sauce (and egg, if desired), replacing animal products with mixed greens, tofu, and other botanical elements. Naturally, the heat can be adjusted, too, on a scale that starts at "spicy" and tops out at "make-you-cry."
Sawasdee's chefs also give the ingredients themselves extra scrutiny. Even in seasons when fresh herbs are hard to find, they scour suppliers' shelves to make sure they always have authentic seasonings such as galangal and lemongrass on hand. In meat dishes, all-white-meat chicken, large shrimp, beef sirloin, and pork tenderloin bed down on Thai jasmine rice. And at both Sawasdee locations, designers have shown a similar attention to detail in the decor. On Glenwood, a huge compass rose in the ceiling softly lights the dining room's woodwork and trailing succulents and helps curry-intoxicated diners find their way out the door. The location on Capital is less sleek and more cozy, with red walls, traditional carved screens, and even a patio surrounded by dense greenery on all sides.