Nestled below the gaudy exterior of Red Lobster in American Village sits Aroyna Tabeta, a Thai restaurant that’s an expansion of their successful Tokyo eatery. The goal is to provide an authentic Thai experience for a good price. On this front, they do not disappoint.
Step into the simple, industrial-esque interior, and take a seat at one of the stainless steel tables. The stools are small, but not uncomfortable. The kitchen is somewhat open, allowing you to see and smell the food, a great feature. The scents waft outside, inviting those who pass, in. Staff are welcoming and attentive, and there is also outdoor seating if you prefer.
The menu has an impressive 65 items to choose from, all authentic Thai dishes cooked by Thai chefs. Each dish is 720 yen unless otherwise priced, and they offer combo sets, children’s dishes, lunch buffets, and drinks courses. The latter is for a minimum of three people, starts at 3000 yen, is all you can drink, and includes a set number of dishes, ranging from 5 to 9 depending on price. You can stay for two hours, and add hours for an extra 1000 yen per hour. Reservations are accepted, they do take out, and they cater. Amazing.
No lie, this is easily the best Thai food I’ve eaten. Portions are generous, each dish is packed with flavor and spice, and it comes out looking picture perfect. Not big on spice? Adjust the spice level on any dish to suit your palette. In particular I enjoyed the Thai green curry and the spring rolls. The best way to dine is to go with another person or small group, each order something, and share. It’s cost effective and allows you to try more.
For drinks, they have a wide selection of soft and alcoholic, including Thai favourites. They also have a small dessert menu, with items such as sorbets and cakes, if you have the room! I didn’t, but I now have an excuse to go back.
Open daily from 11am, with last orders at 9.30pm. They take card, yen, and dollar. Parking is shared with Red Lobster.
Mon – Sun : 11:00 to 21:30
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8-12 Mihama, Chatan-chō, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa-ken 904-0115, Japan