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 to Sawatdee and Zushiya in Maple Grove. Choose from the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Thai cuisine or sushi for dinner.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Thai cuisine or sushi for lunch.
- For $50, you get $100 worth of catering services.<p>
Patrons at Sawatdee and Zushiya’s shared space can lavish their taste buds with authentic Thai tastes from Sawatdee’s menu or fresh sushi from Zushiya’s menu. Eaters at Sawatdee can dust off gullets by ordering in falsetto or by sampling a Thai appetizer, such as Suppen’s fresh spring rolls ($6) packed inside a non-deep-fried capsule and drizzled with house-made sweet-peanut sauce. Servers can steer the peanut-sprinkled pad thai ($11–$13) tableside for a mild main course, though palates can add zest to any dish with the tabletop spice tray’s trio of dried or sautéed red chilies and vinegar-marinated jalapeños. Alternatively, inside Zushiya, chopstick-wielding eaters can pluck pieces of crispy vegetable tempura ($7) or chef’s specialty rolls ($7–$20) to guitar riffs or haunting new-age theremin solos during frequent live-music sets.
Additionally, the cooks at both restaurants help bulk up festive feasts with a catering menu. Sawatdee can spice up office parties or alien abduction anniversary celebrations with several Thai tastes, such as chicken or pork satay ($25 for 25 pieces), silver-thread noodle salad ($34.75 for 5–6 people), and pad thai ($49.75 for 5–6 people), and the Zushiya Boat ($100 for 64 pieces) sates sushi-hungry stomachs with a culinary crew of nigiri, sashimi, philly, spicy-tuna, Number Nine, and Zushiya rolls.
Sawatdee & Zushiya
Successful restaurateur Supenn Harrison made her first foray into the restaurant business more than 30 years ago, when she bought a burger joint in the Twin Cities. For Supenn, slinging patties wasn't enough to satisfy her love of the culinary arts; the Thailand native and former teacher quickly traded deep fryers for woks and opened her first Thai restaurant.
She eventually launched the first Sawatdee in 1983 in an abandoned warehouse, transforming the unlikely setting into something you might see in the heart of Bangkok, with gold-leaf ceilings and traditional artwork. Now, Supenn owns seven Sawatdee restaurants throughout Minnesota and has expanded the menu to include sushi dishes. Besides sharing her culinary skills through hands-on cooking classes, Supenn has disseminated her authentic Thai fare by catering birthday celebrations, family reunions, and the Rolling Stones' anti-retirement party.