If you’re in the mood for economic Thai food that won’t break your wallet, try Aroii Thai @ Nu Sentral. Because they rarely disappoint!
Aroii Thai in the boat noodle scene offers tasty Thai dishes, quick service, and a cozy ambiance. Despite being always crowded.
And while Thai food in small bowls isn’t a new gourmet fad, it’s a dining concept that lets you sample a variety of dishes all at once. Which we are fans of!
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About Aroii Thai @ Nu Sentral
Aroii Thai @ Nu Sentral opened 8 years ago in 2015. It is the newest and third of all their branches.
But the Nu Sentral branch is the most popular branch. It is more popular than the branches at Paradigm Mall and KL Gateway Mall.
This is because there are many working adults in the vicinity. As well as tourists visiting KL Sentral nearby.
Aroii, which means “delicious” in Thai, offers dishes with a spicy undertone. Their signature Pad Thai noodles being the fieriest of them all!
Given the small bowls, it’s no surprise that a group of 13 colleagues got into the “100 Hall of Fame”. For ordering 100 bowls of Thai food for a feast!
Ease Of Parking At Aroii Thai @ Nu Sentral
There is no other option but to park at KL Sentral. As this is the only available parking lot.
The parking lot is accessible via the ramp near the main entrance of Nu Sentral. Or on the side of Menara 1 Sentral.
And the parking lot is well maintained. But it is usually full on weekends and during lunchtime.
You can pay at a self-service terminal that accepts cash or Touch & Go. The fees are relatively high at RM5 for the first hour. And RM2 for each extra hour.
If you don’t plan to go by car, you can also reach Nu Sentral by taking the MRT, LRT and KTM commuter trains.
Ambiance At Aroii Thai @ Nu Sentral
The Aroii Thai @Nu Sentral has glass panels that allow natural sunlight into the space.
Dark panels frame the glass cladding and complement the mahogany interior. There are pictures of Thai food and Thai culture adorning the walls.
A palm fringed roof at the cashier counter adds a touch of rustic nostalgia. Reminiscent of Thai villages and the straw hats worn by vendors in the floating market.
Tables are close together to maximize capacity. Even so, there is a long line during weekdays and weekends, especially during lunch hours.
The menu gets a revamp every few months to keep regulars coming back for more. But bestsellers like the fried chicken and Pad Thai noodles remain as staples.
Service At Aroii Thai @ Nu Sentral
The service here is prompt and the staff is friendly. Upon identifying the number of guests, the greeter will assign you to your table.
Write your orders on the slips of paper placed on each table and give them to the waiter when you’re finished.
Food comes in batches within 10 minutes of ordering.
Signature Food At Aroii Thai @ Nu Sentral
Deep Fried Wanton Skin is a popular appetizer with thin wanton skin fried to a crisp. Topped with tangy, sweet Thai chili sauce, it’s a light dish that won’t fill you up.
Ease your way to the mains with the Hat Yai Fried Chicken. This features mini drumettes or chicken wings:
The marinade has bold flavors while the meat is juicy on the inside. One serving of Hat Yai Fried Chicken is not enough!
Pad Thai Noodles is another main attraction for those who love spicy food! The heat is intense, and the noodles are not soggy. A touch of lime, roasted peanuts and chives lends texture to this flavorful dish.
To us, Stir Fried Kangkung is a surprising winner. It has nuances of belacan, chili and umami dried shrimp.
Other Dishes At Aroii Thai @ Nu Sentral
Since the Deep-Fried Quails Eggs is a dish that is hard to come by, many diners order it. Flavor-wise, it’s not outstanding. But the dollop of sweet and sour brown sauce over the trio of quail eggs enhances this otherwise bland dish.
As for dishes of subpar standards:
The Deep-Fried Squid Rings were soggy inside and not crispy on the outside either.
Aroii Thai @ Nu Sentral needs to improve its tom noodle soup, as it tasted somewhat bland. It is not as rich as we would like.
And while many rave about the desserts here, we find the Mango Sticky Rice and Thai Tago Pudding mediocre. But they’re enough to meet a craving for something sweet.
Pricing At Aroii Thai @ Nu Sentral
Due to the rising cost of food:
Aroii Thai experimented with their pricing (via a soft landing approach).
They began with maintaining 2 different price points at RM2.89 and RM3.19 for selected items. Such as fried chicken.
But since the higher prices don’t deter the crowds, they now stick to a single price point. Where all items on the menu are at RM3.19.
Even so, the food here is still cheaper than other restaurants in Nu Sentral if you order between 3 and 5 mini dishes.
Aroii Thai’s concept of offering many dishes in tiny bowls is a fun way of dining. It lets you can enjoy a wide variety of Thai dishes.
If you don’t like a dish, don’t fret because the portions are small and there are other dishes to make up for it.
Just don’t expect Michelin-level cooking standards, fancy plating or expensive ingredients here.
What you get is good value for money. On the whole, there are more hits than misses.
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