Though 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 $10, you get $20 worth of authentic cuisine and drinks at Sawatdee in St. Paul. This Groupon is only valid at the St. Paul location and may not be used for happy-hour items or other specials.
With fresh, locally grown ingredients and an authentic approach to Thai fare, Sawatdee has satisfied the denizens of St. Paul for three decades. Culinary explorers can traverse a terrain of succulent curries and savory stir-fried dishes, any of which can be spiced to order using the menu's handy five-pepper scale. Start with a slew of spring rolls, fried or fresh, with beef, vegetable, or chicken-and-shrimp fillings ($5.75–$6.25) and an order of Paradise Wings, succulent, de-boned chicken wings stuffed with silver-thread noodles, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and pork ($6.75). The Sawatdee roast-duck curry indulges tenderly sliced waterfowl in a coconut-milk and red-curry bubble bath ($13.95), and the walleye-pike filet, deep-fried with curry sauce or poached with ginger and black-bean sauce ($13.95), sends endemic Northwoods edibles through the Thai telepod. Irrigate a full belly with a Thai iced coffee ($4.50) or an offering from the well-stocked bar, such as the Sawatdee Ginger martini ($9).
The recently redecorated upstairs dining room creates a chic, urban backdrop replete with modern art and a steely gray Buddha, and the sunny back room showcases a pleasing panoply of tropical plants. Sawatdee's hip, contemporary vibe and passion for authentic Thai flavor make it a much-preferred alternative to directing an all-poodle revival of The King and I.
Sawatdee St. Paul
Blending traditional recipes with cosmopolitan decor, Sawatdee St. Paul introduces diners to familiar dishes of pad thai and pad see ew, as well as authentic meals of whole roast duck and yellow curry pattaya crab. Guests enjoy Sawatdee's smorgasbord of southeast Asian delicacies spiced to preference; chefs promise to prepare nearly any dish at spice levels ranging from the intense heat of an erupting island volcano to the comparably tolerable mildness of a baby's tantrum.
A ring of blue neon light blazes behind the full bar, which dispenses tropical caipirinhas and thai chili bloody marys.
486 Robert St.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101Get Directions