What You'll Get
Though the Great Wall of China has won the accolades of history, the Great Backscratcher of Thailand, built to reach any itchy corner across the nation, saved more lives than can be counted on a single hand. Feast upon equally ingenious Thai creations with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of homemade curries, soups, noodles, and more at Tuk Tuk on Pico Boulevard. Today's deal is not valid toward happy-hour specials.
A host of traditional family recipes populate Tuk Tuk's varied menu, each platter sporting a flavorful blend of dishes culled from fresh produce and vegetables. Inaugurate the evening with the Thai spring rolls ($6) or green-pear salad's colorful combo of mixed greens, nuts, cherry tomatoes, and shrimp tossed in chili lime-juice ($8). The green curry's zesty cast of apple eggplant, Thai basil, and red jalapeños sets the stage for special guest stars chicken ($10), veggies ($10), shrimp ($12), or scallops ($14). Feel free to neighbor house specialty entrées such as the Pan Ped catfish ($11) or Choo Chee salmon ($14) with the equally special Thai iced tea ($3).
Rose-colored walls and pleasant drop-lighting encase diners perched next to rich mahogany tables inside Tuk Tuk's cozy, elegant dining room. The relaxed, casual vibe and warm service makes the eatery a fine destination to enjoy conversation over drinks including the specialty mango mimosa ($7) or hot sake such as the sho chiku bai ($6).
- I got the Green Curry Chicken and asked for it extra spicy. It was great, the closest flavors to Thailand outside of Thailand. – h g., Yelp
- Very friendly, young and pretty female waitresses ushered us to our table. It was a candle-lit. Very good ambience with tiny thai autorikshaw models and pictures on the walls. – t2_thomas, Citysearch
- The best curry I have ever tested might possibly be from Tuk Tuk. Very flavorful!! The vegetable spring rolls and pad thai are good as well. The inside of the restaurant is sooo cute and is a great date place- dark and romantic. – chiuchiu, Citysearch
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 23, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Limit 1 per table. Dine-in only. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers or for happy hour. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Tuk Tuk
For the casual observer passing Tuk Tuk, it might seem as though there has been an accident. The front of a tuk tuk—the Thai term for rickshaw—juts from the front of the building above the awning, as though its wheel has just burst through the wall. But if that observer ventured inside, they would find neither debris nor an apologetic teleporter proclaiming that his calculations were off. Instead they would see diners seated beneath colorful wall art and hanging lamps whose shades resemble curving Möbius strips, or, according to one review from Gayot, snail shells. Then, once the adrenaline faded and reality set in, the investigating observer would be smacked by what was so obvious to everyone else: the aroma of mingling spices.
A compendium of noodle dishes, wok stir-fries, curries, and house specialties, the menu prioritizes the power of complementary ingredients. According to the same Gayot review, chef Aoi Rattanamanee has a particular knack for seasoning grilled dishes: "Chicken is marinated overnight in garlic, cilantro and black pepper, fostering deep flavor." The spicy basil fried rice mixes chili and thai basil within a vegetable medley, and the Crying Tiger beef derives its zest from garlic, galangal root, and soybean sauce. Those in search of proven staples can indulge in pad thai or one of three curry variants, whose ingredients have all simmered in a creamy coconut milk.