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Review: Aroy Dee Thai in Takapuna

Aroy Dee in Takapuna is very delicious by name and by nature.

For that’s exactly what “Aroy Dee” means in Thai and no two words describes its food better – except maybe “yum yum”, “authentic Thai” or “cheap lunch”.

Indeed, the latter sums up the Takapuna’s lunch-time offering perfectly. For just $10 you can have your pick of the restaurant’s many excellent mains – besides seafood or duck dishes, which cost an additional $3.

It could well be the best lunch deal in Takapuna. You certainly can’t do much better but you could do a lot worse. The food is quick to come out, authentic, well-proportioned and delightfully tasty.

The Praram Song – crispy chicken stir-fried in a delectable satay peanut sauce with vegetables and rice – is highly recommended. The chicken is actually crispy, the sauce is moreish and the veg is just about perfect.

The service is swift and the restaurant is calm and unfussy, giving off a nice Thai atmosphere but without bashing you over the head with it.

Aroy Dee’s menu is well-appointed, with all the usual suspects – including Pad Thai and green curry – all present and accounted for alongside a number of speciality dishes such as barbecue duck served on a sizzling platter with vegetables.

It’s a BYO, too – which is always a nice bonus. The restaurant charges a $5 corkage fee per bottle, which is waived when you order one of the Takapuna restaurant’s banquet meals.

The banquet for six includes a mixed entrée and six main courses for $36 per head; the banquet for four consists of a mixed entrée and four main courses for $32 per person.

Aroy Dee has been serving wonderful Thai cuisine at The Promenade since 1996. That's a lifetime in these uncertain times, so you know it must be good.

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  1. 10 The Promenade, Takapuna Beach, North Shore City, Auckland

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