Thai fare attempts to balance the five fundamental flavors: bitter, sour, sweet, salty, and victory. Score a win for your mouth with this Groupon.
$20 for $40 Worth of Thai Cuisine and Sushi
The menu features spicy beef noodles, a stir-fry of flat rice noodles, lean beef, bell peppers, thai basil, and other veggies ($10.50); Thai barbecue chicken that’s marinated overnight ($13); and fiery shrimp curry, which is a dish that’s traditionally prepared on special occasions ($13.50). Special maki rolls, such as the Super Crunch with smoked salmon, tempura, and masago, round out meals.
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, TN 37919