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What You'll Get
Thai cuisine is intense and complicated, like the reasons your uncle is staying with us for a while. Make room for this Groupon.
$8 for $16 Worth of Thai Cuisine
The dinner menu's chicken-lettuce-wrap appetizer ($6.95) paves the way for shrimp pad thai ($10.50), beef golden curry ($10.50), and spicy mango delight with chicken or tofu ($9.50).
The icy wind howled as the Thai House food cart ambled down the streets of Madison, Wisconsin, sending the spicy aroma of simmering curry and hot soups through the winter air. It was subzero mornings like these that were hardest on Thai natives Somchai and Jiraporn Namarsa. That didn't stop them from working 18-hour days, though, chopping pounds upon pounds of fresh vegetables and meat and rolling hundreds of spring rolls each week for their popular Thai cart in the hopes of saving enough money to send their daughter to medical school.
The Namarsas’ years of hard work paid off—not only did they put their daughter through college, they now own their own restaurant, Thai Topaz, in the sunny town of San Antonio. Within the cheerful, orange-walled eatery, the couple draws inspiration from their years of Thai cooking experience and longtime family recipes to craft a variety of traditional and innovative dishes. They captain a kitchen crew as they fold fresh herbs, spices, and produce into spicy curries, flavorful noodle dishes, and their new grandson's favorite—homemade coconut-mango ice cream.
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About Thai Topaz Medical Center
Thai Topaz has been in business for nearly a decade, but the path it took to get there was much, much longer. Somchai and Jiraporn Namarsa, the husband-and-wife team behind the restaurant, have picked up and moved numerous times, first from Thailand to Tennessee, then Wisconsin, then Texas. This was all in service of one desire: to support their daughter Somjira in her journey to becoming a doctor. Once Somjira was officially Dr. Namarsa, the family finally settled in San Antonio to open Thai Topaz.
Though the owners often call on generations-old recipes for their sauces and entrees, the key to the menu at Thai Topaz is change. As new dishes are discovered, less popular ones are retired. This leads to a dynamic menu that, like letting a crayon-wielding toddler loose on an art museum, strikes a pleasing balance between traditional favorites and original creations. Stand-bys such as pad thai and panang curry share space with unique dishes such as emerald salmon swimming in green curry and fresh avocado. The dessert menu is also respectably large, with treats ranging from sweet sticky rice with mango to homemade coconut ice cream.