Sarah and Amanda both submitted posts on this new Thai restaurant — since they both loved it, we are sharing both their experiences with you!
CONTRIBUTED BY AMANDA NEMETH AND SARAH PHILLIPS
We take a back route to our vets and one day we noticed a new restaurant had just popped up. After looking closer it was a Thai restaurant which is one of our favorite types of cuisine. For those unfamiliar with Thai food it has five specific tastes: spicy, sweet, sour, tart/bitter, or salty, all depending on the meal. Often times you can pick out different flavors and its like a guessing game of freshness if your into herbs and flavors.
After speaking to the owners we found out that Aridoi means delicious in English….and the food speaks for itself.The outside is very warm with glossy orange accents. As you walk in the setting is very simple but with extravagant artwork. Come to find out all of the artwork was painted by one of the employees, which are quite intricate. When looking around you will notice hints of Thai in the decor and of course the smell of “Aridoi”-ness.
The dinner menu contained a pretty extensive selection but of course with the customary favorites. To name a few they had, Som-Tam, Yam-Wun-Sen, Ken-Pet, Pad-Kimao, Lab-Gai, Pad-See-Ew, and Pad-Thai. Each meal is served with rice and soup and is offered at your specific level of heat. The menu somewhat breaks down what each item is but also adds photos for those who need a visual push to go for it. If you go durning lunch your order comes with rice, soup and water or tea.
Our order started off with 3 beers, 3 sodas, and Lab-Gai. We all like everything spicy so we got what we asked for…..it was very spicy. That specific dish is chopped up to very small ingredients and is a salad……two words of description are Spicy Freshness. We also decided on 2 orders of Ken-Pet, which is a red curry chicken dish. With each meal we received a bowl of soup which was simple but a delicious broth. They will follow instructions of spicy so if you like it hot, expect it.
The last dish was Pad-Thai, its Pad-Thai with shrimp but we asked for chicken and they switched it for us. For some reason it wasn’t to our liking, but when we went they had just opened and were working out the quirks. We have hopes to go again and give their Pad Thai another try, hopefully it will taste more traditional. Our total bill was around 5,000 yen.
Overall they have a great selection and it’s nice to see dishes we have never heard of. The staff was very friendly and the food is a definite repeat in our book. After reviewing their website you’ll notice the chef is from Thailand so you know they brought their talent with them.For those of you with children, they do have “baby chairs” as they put it.
I ordered the Pad Thai and my husband ordered the Pad See Ew. We both received soup with our lunch which was mostly a broth with some chives and garlic; simple yet good. Our food arrived shortly after we finished our soup and the portion sizes were generous. The Pad See Ew was very close to what we are used to eating at our favorite Thai place back in America. The Pad Thai didn’t have the same taste but it was good as well. We both had leftovers to take home.
Hours: Monday-Saturday Lunch ONLY; open 11:00-15:00; last serve at 14:30
Price: For lunch they have four options that you can choose from with soup and a drink for 850 yen but you can choose from the dinner menu for 950 yen.
Payment: Yen or Dollars
Address: 19-1 Takahara 4-Chōme, Okinawa City
Google Maps Coordinates: 26.3245301, 127.81990559999997
Directions: From Kadena gate 2, head straight out on 20 for about 3.5 km’s. You’ll pass 330 and continue to follow the road by going down a big hill, at the bottom will be 329, turn right at that light. You will go about 0.6 km’s and pass a Family Mart and Lawson’s on your left, soon after you will come to a light on a street which is 22 by Lucky Pachinko. Turn right at the light, at the next actual street you will come to Aridoi on the corner on your left side.
From Foster Legion Gate, head straight out on 81 for about 3.4 km’s. You’ll pass 330 and continue to follow the road, by going down a big hill, at the bottom will be 329, turn left at that light. You will go about 2.3 km’s and pass OK on your right, then a little ways more McDonald’s next. Soon after at you will come to a light on a street which is 22 by Lucky Pachinko. Turn left at the light, at the next actual street you will come to Aridoi on the corner on your left side.A map also is on their website but it is in japanese.
Parking: There are about 4 parking spots directly in front of their restaurant and 3 on the side.
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