Thai curry comes in many colors, each of which represents one aspect of the nation’s landscape: green for its lush jungles, yellow for its sandy beaches, and red for the volcanoes from which farmers harvest its hot sauce. Turn your palate into a multicolored map with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $32 worth of Thai fare at Siam Society on Northeast Alberta Street.
House-made curries and sauces pepper the menu at Siam Society, an upscale Thai restaurant that tempers the heat of traditional rice and noodle dishes with hand-squeezed juices and signature cocktails. The sexy beef saunters from the wok to the table in a seductive negligee of coconut and thai chilies ($14.95), and the curry lamb shank similarly tantalizes taste buds with cucumbers, pickled jalapeños, and jasmine rice ($19.95). Chefs combine rice noodles, bean sprouts, and roasted peanuts with a house-made sauce to fashion the pad thai ($10.95), named for its dual ability to fill the restaurant’s plates and plushy seat cushions. Mussels, prawns, calamari, and scallops dive into a bath of red palm oil and coconut milk on the mixed seafood platter ($21.95), which diners can pair with signature cocktails infused with muddled fruit and hand-squeezed juices ($8).
Converted from the historic 1920 Alberta substation, the restaurant nestles under a tiled roof accented by arched windows and doors. Inside, billowy fabrics part to reveal a sleek, wooden bar, windows looking out onto an outdoor garden patio, and waiters playing games of hide-and-seek between their shifts.
2703 NE Alberta St.
Portland, Oregon 97211