AROI @ 4th FLOOR (delivered all across delhi NCR by home chef sirattiya bora)

In a NUtshell

Well, it has now become impossible for us (since the last 1 year) to like Thai food in india. Quite a few restaurants we used to quite like earlier, now seem to be serving OK ish food, ever since we have eaten the food cooked by sirattiya bora, a Thai culinary & visual artist married to an indian visual artist, Anirban Bora. The home delivered food eaten 3 hours after it was dispatched was just awesome.

Address & other details: AROI

Meal for 2: ₹2500+delivery (this week no delivery charges)

Cuisine type : vegetarian & non vegetarian

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I rate all the food items & then give a final overall rating which is a simple average of the individual item ratings. What the ratings stand for: 5 = Excellent, 4 = Very Good, 3 = Good, 2 = Fair, 1 = Disaster

Short description- in case u r in a hurry

We met Anirban & Sirattia socially & got invited to their house a year back, along with some other friends. Little did we know that what seemed like a session of ‘long chats & some home food’ would turn out to be a ‘kid in Disneyland’ experience for our taste buds. The experience was truely priceless. The flavors of the food were real, the textures amazing & of course I am still salivating as I remember the taste. After our first meal, we were in awe of Sirattiya’s culinary art.

The challenge was that so far, no one could just taste this food whenever they wanted, except if they personally knew the Boras. We heard about the GOOD NEWS few weeks back that they have started small batch home deliveries on weekends all over delhi NCR.

That surely sounded interesting as many friends Whom we had mentioned this earlier wanted to eat this too. So now there was an opportunity.

I have heard that the food curated by sirattiya at a restaurant pop up in kolkata was half as good of how she cooks at home. I was disappointed to hear that , as many people went there reading my recommendations.

Since this time she was cooking at home, I assumed that it wud be as good as home. The two questions that came to my mind was – 1. how would the quality of delivery be (many service companies delhi NCR are notorious for not even getting the basics right). 2. How would the good taste few hours later – unlike slow cooked Indian Curries, Asian food usually has ingredients that lose their crunch if not eaten soon.

So we decided to order the food this weekend. The menu changes every week.

As of now they deliver to approx 10 homes per weekend so that the family members can shop, cook, pack everything on their own, without any domestic help. They also have started doing orders for home get-togethers (thru out the week).

I was super impressed to see the quality of packaging material, the detailing of the packing of each individual box (done by the family members themselves), the SMS updates by courier company & finally the guy who came to deliver. He was dressed in a formal attire, hair neatly done & seemed well trained (like a good server at a good restaurant). The food arrived well before time.

Payment was easy – bank transfer. As of now they did not accept paytm or any other payment mode.

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Few things that I wud suggest as food for thought for the Boras, for future deliveries:

1. Heating instruction with every dish – to be heated / not to be heated. If heated – microwave / oven / gas stove. Coz the food is delicate & one mistake can really spoil the textures

2. The portion is for 2 people but there were odd number of pieces in a few dishes. Ideally that could be even.

3. The rice was long grain basmati. I wud have loved to eat a less industrial rice with this marvellous food. Something that is grown in india & easily available, but similar to the rice that they eat in Thailand.

4. The only 1 dish that was deep fried turned out to be 80% as good as the original one. It might be good to avoid deep fried dishes (if that makes sense) if the same us to be eaten 3 hours later.

The rest of the food was almost as good as what we had at their home. I guess it’s not possible to be better than this. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY YUMMRAJ.

Detailed description – in case u hv the time to njoy reading:

The highlights of this food were-

1. Home made – home like use of oils, other fats. No cream kind of things that restaurants add. No thickeners. No short cuts

2. Very good ingredients- from veggies to the meats. The pork quality was outstanding.

3. Cooked by a single person out of passion is very different from someone doing a job at a restaurant just to earn a living. Single person in this also ensured consistency.

Moving to what we had today –

Thai twist Patti samosa with tangy dipping sauce. The super thin outer coating was almost 80% as crisp as it was when we had it fresh earlier. That’s quite a feat I wud say as the food was packed around 10 am & we had it around 1 pm. The inner filling was juicy & full of flavors. I had the Patti samosas just as it is & also dipped in the dipping sauce. Loved both the versions. Rate it 4/5

Pork Tom sap (sour soup) was mind blowing. The pork pieces were as perfectly cooked as possible & had the right meat I fat ratio. The pieces melted in the mouth. The pork flavors on the soup were unbeatable – outstanding is an understatement. Seasoning was perfect. Everything was just beyond right. Rate it 4.95/5

Yam khai dao (egg salad with mixed vegetables) was a super un dish. As we opened the box,strong smell of raw onion hit the nose. However as soon as I added the dressing, things changed. A unique salad with fresh veggies, leaves & sliced both sides sunny fried eggs. Don’t remember seeing this in the menu if any Thai restaurant in india. Loved it. Rate it 4.5/5

The meat parcels wrapped in cabbage were fab. It was served inside a light flavorful soup. Rate it 4.5/5

Gang keaw wan goong (prawn green curry) was full of flavor. It was a bit sweetish that what I remember having at their home before. The gravy seemed to be slightly thicker as well. The flavors were as sharp as always. The balance of taste was marvellous. The curry was way beyond the prawns. The prawns were almost ‘besides the point’. The prawns had become a bit rubbery in the long journey (prolonged heat does that to prawns) of 3 hours. Totally enjoyed the curry. Rate this 4.5/5

For dessert we had a sweet corn based sweet. It came wrapped in a corn husk. The sweet had to be microwaved for 20 seconds. It had corn, sticky rice, coconut & a sweetener. The crushed corn texture cud be felt & was enjoyable. Floored by the dish. We had this dish for the first time ever. Rate it 4.75/5.

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Overall rating of food at AROI delivery averages out to 4.54/5

Needless to say I know what to order, when guests are coming & we are not in a mood to cook.

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