My wife and mother-in-law were looking for a new restaurant experience, and Thai food was on the list. I was able to accompany them to a small establishment in a strip mall not too far from our home. Aiyara was the name, and the promise was authentic Thai cuisine. We were not disappointed.
The location is not the prettiest, a strip mall has little allure, but parking was free and plentiful. Once inside, the décor was Thai flavored surely, but minimal. There were pleasant coverings on the tables, and plenty of elephants about, but to say it was minimal was about what I saw. That alone is the only reason I gave dear place a 4 star rating rather than a 5 star.
After we were seated, a quick look through the extensive menu brought smiles to our faces. There are listed page after page of interesting dishes, all quite well explained. There are heat levels for those adventurous or less so. Our hosts were attentive and helpful with drinks and choice suggestions. They were quite willing to make changes are we requested, such as no peanuts on the Pad Thai. The prices are all very reasonable, and 1/2 portions are also available.
When the food began to arrive we were pleasantly surprised by the artistic use of fruit and vegetables in each dish's presentation. Flowers, and leaves and elephants etc. blossomed on every dish. It was definitely eye pleasing. The excellent appearance carried over into the tastes, as each dish was flavorful, the components coming together perfectly with out losing their individual taste as well. Every dish was fresh with crisp vegetables and light sauces, and well prepared proteins. Heavenly if you want to step away from deep fried Asian food for something different.
Dinner for three with cocktails, and tip came to $90 CAN. Worth every penny as we saw it.
Of course, they also have a take out menu and judging by the continuous stream of patrons picking up their bags at the cash, this place is well known by the locals. We will be visiting it again and soon.
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