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  • Post #181 - May 6th, 2018, 5:44 am
    Post #181 - May 6th, 2018, 5:44 am Post #181 - May 6th, 2018, 5:44 am
    stevez wrote:Easily, the best place to see the menu is at the table right before you order.
    Sage advice, though I'd add for ordering ideas this 180-post LTH thread is an excellent resource which I reviewed yesterday before the bride and I accompanied four nieces and nephews, who had been to Thailand, to Aroy for dinner.

    Aroy was firing on all 12-cylinders, from Sai-ua/Issan sausage combo starter to perfect mango w/sticky rice finish. Tom Yam Beef Ball and Tender Soup group consensus highlight though one demure polite niece actually went 'prison style' on Choo Chi ground pork with over easy eggs wrapping an arm around the dish and glowering at anyone who came near.

    A wonderful lingering meal paired w/Cotes du Rhone and sour beer.

    Aroy Thai, Count me a Fan!
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  • Post #182 - May 6th, 2018, 8:09 am
    Post #182 - May 6th, 2018, 8:09 am Post #182 - May 6th, 2018, 8:09 am
    We were there Friday night and had another excellent experience. New-to-us dishes were the stir-fried morning glory pictured upthread and Northern Larb fried rice. The morning glory is posted on the wall as a special, so possibly not found on online menu searches, and described by our server as "water spinach". I rarely find sauteed green veggies in Thai restaurants, a la peapod leaves or other items in Chinese restaurants, and like how it balances some of the heavier dishes. The fried rice had some spice and funk, slivers of offal, plus sausage on the side. We would order both dishes again.
    Edited to add: Just ate the leftover Norther Larb fried rice with a sunnyside up egg, and think it would be worth intentionally saving leftovers or ordering seconds just to duplicate this experience.
  • Post #183 - August 26th, 2018, 10:51 am
    Post #183 - August 26th, 2018, 10:51 am Post #183 - August 26th, 2018, 10:51 am
    Another terrific dinner yesterday. Been too long since our last visit. Had a dish that we didn't remember having before, but maybe it has just been several years, eggplant and basil which was very satisfying. Nice with a 2009 Puffeney Trousseau Les Berangeres (sad to be finishing up the masters wines that remain in the cellar). This dish will now be on our shortlist for return visits.
  • Post #184 - August 26th, 2018, 11:23 am
    Post #184 - August 26th, 2018, 11:23 am Post #184 - August 26th, 2018, 11:23 am
    Last weekend we took well-traveled friends who'd never been to Aroy and we had yet another great meal. Our friends were impressed and we were all pleased. In addition to an array of 'greatest hits (nor noom, Thai wings, grilled pork neck salad, chou chi ground pork curry, northern larb fried rice, som tum Thai),' we also ordered Gaeng Hung Lay, which was a special that night (and may become a permanent addition). It was excellent and featured large, tender chunks of pork belly smothered in a rich, thick and flavorful curry that was balanced perfectly between sweet, funky and spicy. Great stuff all the way around.

    Edit to add: Al, your post reminded me to post about our meal. Aroy is so reliably enjoyable, I almost take it for granted sometimes.

    =R=
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #185 - December 27th, 2018, 6:13 pm
    Post #185 - December 27th, 2018, 6:13 pm Post #185 - December 27th, 2018, 6:13 pm
    Sorry to report a very mediocre meal at Aroy on Christmas Eve. For the most part there was nothing really bad but also nothing really good. We had fried tofu, shu mai, tiger cry, pad se ewe, Thai sausages and crispy catfish, all dishes that have been excellent in the past. Everything was perfectly average except rice that came with the tiger cry. It was a rock hard mass. We tried to break it apart with our forks but were only able to make a bent with the large steak knife that came with the tiger cry. I’ll chalk it up to an off-night but it was disappointing for a place I always considered a sure thing.
  • Post #186 - December 27th, 2018, 8:19 pm
    Post #186 - December 27th, 2018, 8:19 pm Post #186 - December 27th, 2018, 8:19 pm
    cleanplateclub wrote:Sorry to report a very mediocre meal at Aroy on Christmas Eve.


    Bummer, maybe they had their B staff working that night. I was just there a few weeks ago (T and mama were in the house) and had one of the best meals of the year, reminding me that this is one of my top two or three places to eat in Chicago.

    It was just two of us, on the loose from the tamer palates of our better halves– nor noom bamboo cranked up to 11 in the funk department (like one of the 10 minute + jams on Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome where the song structure collapses into a writhing heap of cosmic slop.) Northern larb fried rice was actually a mellow foil for this dish, though the two dishes slyly amplified each other's chili burn. Loved the garnish of totally-on-that-night fatty, aromatic sai ui. Rounding things out was some smutty crisp juicy fried chicken with jaew dipping sauce that sang the chorus of "Flashlight."
  • Post #187 - December 27th, 2018, 10:13 pm
    Post #187 - December 27th, 2018, 10:13 pm Post #187 - December 27th, 2018, 10:13 pm
    The meal we had for the LTH holiday dinner just a few weeks ago was as good if not better than any other meal I've had at Aroy. They really brought it. We all have our less-than-stellar days here and there. Not sure what happened but judging by the holiday dinner (and a couple of other recent experiences there), I'm thinking you just had the unfortunate experience of a rare miss evening.
  • Post #188 - April 26th, 2019, 3:14 pm
    Post #188 - April 26th, 2019, 3:14 pm Post #188 - April 26th, 2019, 3:14 pm
    Mama in the kitchen, T in the FOH and lunch today at Aroy every bit as wonderful as it always is . . .

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    Grilled Pork Neck Salad

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    Som Tum Thai

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    Chinese Broccoli with Crispy Pork

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    Pad Kra Moo

    =R=
    Gardening is a bloodsport --Meghan Kleeman

    Why don't you take these profiteroles and put them up your shi'-ta-holes? --Jemaine & Bret

    There's a horse loose in a hospital --JM

    That don't impress me much --Shania Twain
  • Post #189 - May 5th, 2019, 10:31 am
    Post #189 - May 5th, 2019, 10:31 am Post #189 - May 5th, 2019, 10:31 am
    Haven't been in about 4 months after a period of defaulting to Aroy most of the time when we wanted Thai.

    Another excellent meal, forgot how nice the presentation is. Our favorite entree, again, was eggplant and basil, what a great dish. Spicy ginger chili paste seemed like it needed a bit of a boost. Pad Kee Mao had more green than in the past but it was really great this way, the greens were cooked perfectly. Papaya salad was at about our heat threshold.

    Still my favorite Thai restaurant in Chicago, even after revisiting many of our next tier places the past few months.
  • Post #190 - August 10th, 2019, 1:32 pm
    Post #190 - August 10th, 2019, 1:32 pm Post #190 - August 10th, 2019, 1:32 pm
    ronnie_suburban wrote:Last weekend we took well-traveled friends who'd never been to Aroy and we had yet another great meal. Our friends were impressed and we were all pleased.


    We did the same last night with longtime friends, that surprisingly we've not taken to Aroy.

    Everything was terrific and since our friends ordered some meat dishes, I tasted the really good duck in red curry and the awesome sausage combo, issan and sai ua, which I haven't had in several years. Wow, were those sausages delicious.

    Our friends were thrilled with the new find and T was very attentive and stopped by several times to check in on us.

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