A couple days ago I met up with my friends Kinjal and Sheetal for dinner at Aroma Royal Thai Cuisine in Central Jersey. It was so nice hanging out with them after such a long time. We had a blast talking about relationships, dating, love, life, our issues, and careers, all of it… I had so much fun. I’m telling you hanging out with your friends can be so therapeutic for the soul, it feels good to just let it all out. Once again, I need to reiterate how much I value my friendships, and you should, too. 🙂
My sister is a huge fan of Aroma Royal Thai so I thought I’d check it out. Wednesday night is ladies night, which means ladies get 50% off their entrees. Unfortunately, I found out on Thursday… oh well!
Aroma is romantic. Based on first impressions I think this would be a nice place for a date. It feels as though you are in someone’s living room, very romantic, warm, and cozy. The decor is ethnic and the waitresses were dressed in traditional wardrobe from Thailand.
MENU – $$
There is no online menu for Aroma, however the price range is anywhere from $10-$20, it really depends what you order. Vegetarian and chicken will be cheaper, whereas seafood tends to be more expensive.
For 3 people:
1 Iced Tea + 2 Sodas + 3 Entrees = $51 (including 18% tip)
RECOMMENDED HEALTHY EATS – N/A… I can’t suggest what you should order here since there is no online menu, hence no nutritional information available on Aroma Royal Thai Cuisine. However, you should choose brown rice over white rice.
I felt so confident about the food here, however I played it safe by ordering the famous, Chicken Pad Thai, one of my favorites. I really wanted Shrimp Pad Thai, however due to all the oil issues in the south, I was a bit wary of eating seafood. Well, to my surprise this dish was slightly watery and not what I had expected. As soon as they served me my Pad Thai I was let down by the look of it, you can only imagine how sad I was eating it. There was barely any tofu and egg in this dish, however the menu clearly stated the dish came with tofu and eggs. In addition, the chicken was chewy and at one point I was chewing bone which I spit out… gross!
Both my friends ordered the Vegetarian Pad Kee Mow, aka, Drunken Noodles. I took a bite and thought it was satisfactory. Just to confirm my opinion I asked my buddies what they thought and they said it was alright, nothing special.
Kinjal ordered a Thai Iced Tea and liked it. I tried it as well, but I am not fond of Thai Iced Tea anywhere, therefore I can’t give an opinion on how it compared to other places. It looks pretty though. 🙂
VERDICT – 1.5 / 5
Sadly, I gave this place 1.5 out of 5. First, there was a loooooonnnng wait before our waiter came over to take our order. Second, it took forever for us to be served our food. Third, the food wasn’t great to say the least. Lastly, it took forever before they handed us our check. Clearly this place is short-staffed! I am very surprised by the decent/good online reviews. On the contrary, this place has nice decor and was packed when we initially walked in. Although it is popular, I don’t anticipate returning back to Aroma Royal Thai, ever. I have experienced incredible Thai food at the most random places in New York City and I am shocked how below par the food was at Aroma. Dining in Central Jersey just doesn’t equate to dining in New York City. Man, I love NYC, now only if I could afford real estate there. 🙁