What You'll Get
With the recent announcement that Vietnamese food will now be the official food of Vietnam—replacing long-standing title holder, the doughnut hole—globally minded gastronomists are scrambling to partake in the country's cuisine. Get in on the Indochina ingesting with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Vietnamese cuisine and drink at Three Seasons. This Groupon is valid for dinner only, at the Palo Alto location.
The contemporary Vietnamese cuisine on Three Seasons' menu uses both local ingredients and fresh produce from around the world. The satays, such as the five-spiced Malaysian lamb loin ($11), are served with rice noodles and cucumber pickles. Eaters of aquatic creatures train taste targeters on grilled scallops with curry sauce ($11), porcine partakers practice on pork ribs sautéed with tamarind sauce and green onion ($10), and vegetarians crunch crispy tofu ($9). Then a troupe of freshly rolled spring rolls rolls across Three Seasons' handmade stoneware plates. The San Francisco Chronicle recommends catching the Spider Rolls ($11)—part Japanese sushi rolls, part Vietnamese spring rolls, and "an intriguing mix of strong and light flavors." The entree encyclopedia is lengthy, with large plates such as tiger prawns and garlic noodles ($22) and the Shaking Beef ($18), a quarry of beef-tenderloin cubes wok-tossed with green onion and chili-garlic sauce, served with watercress salad. Three Seasons also serves sushi and desserts, including fried banana with creamy coconut sauce and a scoop of coconut ice cream ($8).
Hung Le, Three Seasons' co-owner and executive chef, discovered the importance of organic meal-making as a child in Vietnam, where he watched his mother and his grandmother cook with the freshest local ingredients. He brings that dedication to fresh flavors to the décor in Three Seasons' dining room, which SF Weekly calls "chic, soothing, [and] unpretentious," with bamboo, hardwood tables, velvety barstools, and bright wall sconces. Get your Groupon and enjoy Vietnamese cuisine without having to pay Barnacle Bill to set sail for Saigon.
Dine-in only. Reservation required.
- ...a chic, soothing, unpretentious room jazzed up with wall sconces, well-arranged track lighting, and a small beer and wine bar lit by gorgeous cobalt drop fixtures...The handmade dishware is beautiful, the service friendly and attentive, and, best of all, the delicate fragrance of the good things from Three Seasons' kitchen floats through the place like a warm summer breeze. – Greg Hugunin, SF Weekly
- ...the food is expertly prepared and offers a great range of flavors...The balance of tastes in the green papaya salad...is top-notch, too, with just the right amount of fish sauce combined with chiles and vinegar, as well as lots of poached shrimp and crunchy peanuts. – Robin Davis, San Francisco Chronicle
- The food was excellent and the portions were generous. My wife had the Shaking Beef and I got the Chicken Curry; both were outstanding and we enjoyed them immensely. – OpenTable user who dined on 07/07/2010
- An “innovative” menu of “excellent” “nouveau” Vietnamese vittles sets apart this “hip” duo with an “upscale” vibe… the “beautiful” Palo Alto location boasts “outdoor seating for warmer nights” – Zagat
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 11, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 6 or more. Dine-in only. Valid for listed location only. Dinner only. No cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid during happy hour or with other offers. Reservation required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Three Seasons
Celebrating traditional Vietnamese delicacies and street foods made with fresh, quality ingredients, Three Seasons offers family-style dining, including fish, hearty pho, and an extensive selection of small plates. Co-founder chef Hung Le brings the vision of innovative food presentation to downtown Palo Alto for a thoroughly modern take on classic Vietnamese flavors in an upscale dine space sporting trickling stone fountains and tropical plants. In warm weather, the Three Seasons Beer Garden on the patio features small plates of Asian fusion bites, wines, and local brews.