Thai fare attempts to balance the five fundamental flavors: bitter, sour, sweet, salty, and victory. Score a win for your mouth with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Thai food, American fare, and drinks at Soo Raa Thai-American Chic Restaurant in Toluca Lake.
Soo Raa's cuisiniers expertly persuade Thai and American flavors to cooperate and clog the menu with deliciousness. Force the retreat of advancing hunger legions with a fiery brigade of red or green curry ($8.25), or slurp a steamy bowl of tom kah chicken soup ($5.95+) through a straw to illustrate a thorough knowledge of Emily Post's Etiquette. The restaurant's American options include a hefty New York steak ($13.95), an Angus burger platter ($10), and a philly steak sandwich ($6.99). Noodlevores can dig into the roasted duck noodles ($9.75) or wonton and noodles with crab ($9.75) while pescetarians try the Crazy Ginger fish ($14)—a deep-fried fillet of sole blanketed in shiitake and baby corn—which distracts taste buds with the delightful flavor of insanity.
Soo Raa Thai - American Chic
Typically, if one person wants chicken wings and another craves pad thai, deciding where to eat hinges on a coin toss or a quick game of Risk. Soo Raa Thai - American Chic caters to both tastes. There are patently Thai dishes, including papaya salads, red curries, and chicken satay with pickles. A charcuterie plate includes three kinds of Thai sausage, crispy pork skin, sweet chili sauce, and shallots pickled with ginger.
Western influences do appear, though, in exciting fusions including a Thai-style seafood bouillabaisse or fettuccine with chili sauces. All of this is washed down with an appropriately cosmopolitan range of beers, wines, and sake.