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Arroy Thai - report on takeout

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Arroy Thai - report on takeout

Shannon Clark | May 19, 2004 10:49 PM

This evening I took a chance on Arroy Thai and got takeout from there. I did not have the benefit of Erik M's translation of their Thai menu - so I may have to go back and explore that further.

I ordered:

- Som Tom (Papaya Salas) - ordere it "medium spicy"

- Pad Thai w/ Tofu - again "medium spicy"

- Thai Fried Chicken Wings

- Spicy Beef (though I thought I ordered the pork version, they have both listed as one item on the English menu and I did not check until I was home).

A quick caveat, we ate the food after about 30 minutes of travel, so it was not ideally warm, but was still warmish.

Overall our impression was that the food was good, showed promise, but also had flaws.

Som Tom - as others have noted, was very one note, very fresh, but not very spicy, missing something, probably peanuts and shrimp as well as some fish sauce.

Pad Thai - sure, it is a standard, but also a good dish to judge places on (and this was what my girlfriend wanted tonight). So, we got it. It was tasty, but not very spicy at all (though I was encouraged that they list it on the menu as spicy). Good but missing spice and thicker noodles than we prefer.

Thai Fried Chicken Wings - probably our favorite dish. The chicken by itself was smallish and very, very mild. The sauce was, however, very tasty, nicely spicy and sweet, and really took this dish to exactly the right note. I personally preferred this to the Thai Fried Chicken at Spoon, though it is a matter of taste, they are both very good dishes.

Spicy Beef - this is an interesting dish, probably best when warm, and I think I would prefer it in house, but it was quite tasty. Fresh ginger and lettuce complemented the nicely flavorful beef - very nice.

Overall, definitely a restaurant that I will explore further, especially knowing that they have a Thai menu to explore (which has been translated). However, I think I first want to explore Siam Country down the street.

Shannon

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