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 authentic Thai fare at SukhoThai. This Groupon is valid at both the Uptown and Marigny locations.
SukhoThai's menu merges Indian and Chinese flavors that first came together when ancient merchants stopped along the Silk Road and fused outside cuisines with indigenous Thai spices. Fresh components collide like high-velocity Lego blocks in the pineapple seafood curry shrimp—a seafood-and-curry appetite assailant combined with bell peppers, broccoli, and basil ($15.95). Chili sauce gurgles up around volcano softshell crab ($23.95), a pair of softshells served over steamed cabbage with broccoli and carrots. As chefs prepare the curry and chili entrees, fish sizzles like raincoats made of alka-seltzer upon contact with homemade lime-garlic sauce, as whole snapper or redfish is garnished with sliced limi, fresh chilies, and fresh garlic ($18.95).
Named among the Top 100 Restaurants in The Times-Picayune's New Orleans Dining Guide, SukhoThai's Marigny restaurant showcases a sunny-yellow exterior studded with crimson doors, and the Uptown location beckons to passersby with swaying palm trees. Inside the Uptown eatery, brick walls surround booths, and hanging lamps and exposed beams soar overhead, creating a cozy atmosphere for diners to tear into platters or gifts celebrating overturned traffic-court convictions.
The chefs at SukhoThai evoke the streets and kitchens of Thailand with balanced dishes that spotlight fresh and exotic ingredients. In addition to bowls of sinuous egg and rice noodles, they craft panang curry filled with strips of pan-fried duck breast, fresh coconut milk, and kaffir lime leaves. Waterfall beef mingles with chiles, roasted rice powder, and mint, and the steamed fish of the day swims in garlicky lime or whiskey ginger sauce. SukhoThai also rotates seasonal specials—including a recent collection inspired by Bangkok street food—through their menu on a regular basis.