Aroi Pub Resto
by Kevin Cain
Located in Soi Sukhumvit 89 you will find Peter De Kegel's smart new dining experience Aroi Pub Resto. Aroi Restaurant is one of the new breed of quality eateries popping up on the Dark Side bringing the once unfashionable area right to the front of cutting edge Pattaya cuisine.
Perhaps better known by regulars and locals for it's fantastic daily buffets there is much more to this gem of a restaurant than first meets the eye. However, we must start somewhere and the weekly buffets are as good a place as any. Starting on a Wednesday with an International Buffet,Thursday’s is Mediterranean, Friday Mussels and Brochettes, Saturday Beef Night and Sunday A Roast Buffet of Chicken / Spare Ribs. These amazing buffets start at 259 baht and are exceptional value for money.
The al a carte menu is modern and very extensive. Offering snacks such as sandwiches and baguettes with a plethora of starters starting from as little as 90 baht for garlic bread up to scampi with special Aroi sauce. Also there is a wide choice of soups and salads before reaching the main course selections. Here again the choice is comprehensive with meats, fish, pasta, pizza and a full Thai menu.
Aroi is also open to bespoke dishes and has recently started a connoisseurs club offering the best seasonable produce and imported meats and delicacies. Recent dishes have included; Argentinian Beef, Rabbit, Wild Pigeon and many more diverse and delicious creations.
Desserts are hand made daily so really there is no point in naming what is available, simply see what is on offer when you visit and select something fresh and stacked full of calories. Recent desserts have included Belgium Chocolate Mousse, Rhubarb Pie, Creme Brulee and Puff Pastry flavoured with Star Anise.
To go with all this fabulous food Aroi offers an extensive Belgium beer selection. Some of the beers are quite unique to Aroi; Kasteel, Palm Royale, Carolus, Rodenbach, Kwak, Triple Karmeliet, Duvel and Monk’s Stout. Peter will even advise you what beer suits certain food types similar to that of a wine sommelier.
Fine dining really goes hand in hand with fine wine and Aroi does not disappoint in this department either. Their wine cellar offers bottles from 1,000 baht right up to 12,000 baht for that special occasion. There are sixty different types to choose from and for the more modest budget, wine can also be purchased by the glass or half litre carafe.
Aroi is open from Tuesday to Sunday from noon till kitchen close at 9:45pm. The atmosphere is informal but with smart / casual the norm for most patrons. The décor is modern and stylish and Aroi also has a pool table for guests who have just popped in for a drink and a snack. Watch out for the impressive chandelier which is humerous and typical of the whole place.
Aroi is about fun, casual dining with some superb dishes to choose from. It offers some spectacular food at very reasonable prices as well as the old favourites and standards. It is worth venturing over to the Dark Side if for nothing else but to visit this new and vibrant gem.
Look them up on their FB page or contact them 082 459 5733