With the recent announcement that Vietnamese food will now be the official food of Vietnam—replacing long-standing title holder, the donut 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 dinner and drinks at the Three Seasons location in Palo Alto.
The contemporary Vietnamese cuisine on Three Seasons' dinner menu uses both local ingredients and fresh produce from around the world. The satays, such as the five-spiced Malaysian lamb loin ($12), 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 ($13), and vegetarians crunch crispy tofu ($10). A troupe of freshly rolled spring rolls rolls across Three Seasons' handmade stoneware plates. The San Francisco Chronicle recommends catching the Spider Rolls ($10)—part Japanese sushi roll, part Vietnamese spring roll, and "an intriguing mix of strong and light flavors." The entree encyclopedia is lengthy, with large plates such as tiger prawns and garlic noodles ($26) and the Shaking Beef ($21), 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 his 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.
Zagat gives the food at Three Seasons in Palo Alto a 21 out of 30 rating. More than 300 Yelpers give Three Seasons a three-star average and OpenTable reviewers give the restaurant an overall rating of 3.5 stars. Eight Citysearchers give Three Seasons in Palo Alto an average of 4.5 stars:
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.