Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Thai Aroy

Miss food hunter used to live around the corner from Thai Aroy and we visited once when they first opened doors several years ago. We remembered the dinner to be good. Since Thai was on the cards, we thought this may be a good opportumity to return for a sunday lunch with the family.

This is a suburban restaurant and the space is pretty small. We happen to be the only diners for lunch and wonder, could this be the reason why most Thai restaurants only open for dinner service?? The menu was bright & colourful with each page decorated with pictures of their dishes. Service was basic, we had bottled water and also complimentary shrimp crackers brought to us by our waitress who understands little english. And therefore, queries on the menu items may prove futile.

Onto the shared dishes, we had...

Pra Goong- A warm Prawn salad with lemongrass, mint leaves with a special chilli paste sauce. The plump prawns were cooked just right and there it was, the perfect combination of sweet, sour and spice in their chilli sauce that really lifted the dish!

We chose beef for the Pineapple Curry which is made of a red curry paste, coconut milk, pineapples, capsicums and kaffir lime leaves.  The pineapple adds a fair amount of sweetness to the curry and for those not use to spice will probably prefer a curry of this nature but as it stands most of us are quite used to heat.  So the sweetness was a bit of a disapointment for us.

As for the Yellow Curry, chicken was the choice in this mild coconut curry of potatoes, tomatoes, onions, topped with fried onions. This curry was a little lacking in spice for our liking though we could taste it, I wonder if perhaps they have nulled the heat to accommodate those who cant handle the typical fire of real thai food.... A cucumber salad was meant to be served alongside this dish but that did not make it to the table.

Classic Sweet and Sour pork with pineapples, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.  Sweet and sour pork is really a chinese dish that has become transnational so to speak.  The standard here is pretty comparable to most other good chinese restaurants.

The chicken in Basil Leaves was stir fried with green beans and capsicum in a spicy Thai sauce. Unfortunately, this dish didn't make the mark. The chicken was dry and and the distinct flavours and fragance of basil were lacking.

Thai iced tea with milk to cool the spice
Thai Aroy didn't quite live up to the standards we experienced before. As we were the only table we wonder what could be the reason behind their imprecisions? Nevertheless, Thai Aroy serves up decent fare at by far the most reasonable prices we have seen (mains start at $12 with seafood at about $15). On our first visit, we ordered the Jungle Curry and the Yum beef salad which were both spectacular and for that we will consider Thai Aroy again!

Thai Aroy
Shop 4, 172 Clarence road
Opens monday to wednesday 430pm to 10pm
           thursday to sunday 1130am to 10pm

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