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Eating @ ... Aroy Thai


With a nearby car park in busy Victoria Street secured, the Cityscape team heads into Aroy Thai on a grey afternoon to find several tables full of people already enjoyably munching away. We park up with a table in the quiet, relaxed environment and eye up the menu of traditional Thai classics including curries, noodle dishes and soups – there’s a good range on offer on the $12 lunch menu.

We kick off with hot, crunchy spring rolls, fish cakes and chicken satay sticks, with a creamy peanut sauce that positively screams out for the slight impropriety of at-table finger-licking. A choice of rice or egg noodles is offered with each dish; important for connoisseurs of classic noodle dishes such as Pad Thai, which at Aroy can unusually also be ordered with a delicious crispy pork, and the Drunken Noodles, brim-full of generous servings of juicy chicken and coated in delectable spicy sauce.

Levels of heat can also be custom ordered, with a Chicken Larb salad set to “hot” packing a good kick, sending us towards the drinks menu for something from the wine list and some of Thailand’s favourite beers, Singha and Chang.

There are sounds of satisfaction from around the table as the dishes hit the spot; this is a lunch that won’t leave you hungry by afternoon teatime – great value at just $12! It’s a well fuelled up crew that heads back out into Victoria Street, ready for an afternoon’s work, but also sort of wishing we could stick around for longer!

Aroy Thai
60 Victoria Street
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Guest 22 January 2018