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 $9, you get $20 worth of Thai cuisine at Surin of Thailand on Kingston Pike.
Surin restaurants specialize in a culturally collaborative blend of authentic Thai dishes and fresh Japanese sushi. Chefs trained in the art of curry blending and sushi rolling construct everything on the menus. Begin treks through Thailand with crab angel wontons ($4), or dive into traditional entrees such as chicken curry ($10.50) and ka proud lamb chops, marinated in Thai herbs and spicy basil-mushroom sauce ($18). Japanese journeys include 21 different sushi rolls such as the flash-fried kaboom maki, stuffed with shrimp tempura, cucumber, and cream cheese ($13). At lunch, diners can appease appetites with bountiful lunch specials ($7).
Surin of Thailand
A huge statue of Buddha watches over the dining room at Surin of Thailand, although his peaceful gaze is subverted by complex curries, spicy stir-fried noodle dishes, and flavorful barbecue-chicken entrees a day in the making. Half chickens are marinated in Thai barbecue sauce overnight before being slowly roasted and grilled, then they’re plated with scoops of shrimp fried rice and reminders to chew each bite thoroughly, not matter who’s threatening to steal the flavorful dark meat.
Surin measures its dishes' spiciness on a three-pepper scale, where one is "spicy" and three is "Thai hot." Though most dishes fall between nonspicy and hot, a few earn their trio of peppers, including a medley of mussels, scallops, and shrimp with spicy basil sauce.
Another Buddha—actually, just a head—guards the sushi bar, where nigiri, sashimi, and creative maki rolls are born. Under the two Buddhas' protection, diners settle into leather seats or tuck into booths backed by ferns and foliage. Outside the stone-walled eatery, a patio seasons dishes with sunlight and refreshing breezes.
6213 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919