Winter is here and the need for comforting and nutritious food is rising as fast as the darkness in our evenings. Thai food ticks all the boxes. Dishes such as green and red curry, pad Thai and fried rice are perfect for cooler days and nights
Located in Geelong and Lara, ARANI Thai Restaurant is well-renowned for their incredible authentic dishes serving the Geelong community along with sister restaurants Kanitar along Malop Street and Jai Thai in Lara. Rotating the cooks between the three venues, you can be sure the food is consistently amazing and to the high standard you deserve and allows you to get your ARANI Thai fix at any of the three venues and get through the chilling winter season.
Escape the cold and enjoy their signature authentic dishes such as classic Pad Thai, the thick and creamy Gang Massaman potato curry, Tom Yum served with prawns or the Pad Med Ma Muang. You can also start off with a range of entrees that will have you wanting more, including delicate hand-made Thai Style Curry Puffs and Spring Rolls, Satay Chicken with Peanut Sauce, an amazing Gai Tod served with Sweet Chilli Sauce, and even the traditional Roti Bread served with satay sauce for your dipping needs.
If you’re more open to trying something new and really warming up, we recommend trying the stir-fried chilli, garlic and sweet basil (Pad Grapow), the tangy and spicy stir-fried noodle (Drunken Noodles) or the Chef’s special which offers a seafood combination served on a sizzling hot plate. There’s even the fried whole Barramundi to try, which has an option of either a sweet and sour chilli sauce (Plaa Sam Rod), roasted rice and Thai herbs and spices (Larb Plaa) or a thick red curry flavouring (Chu Chee Plaa) – you won’t regret it.
There’s also a range of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options, with a specific menu designed to make it a smooth ordering process for all… now there’s no stress on the dietaries. With most mains priced at around $15.50, these prices are a steal and have stayed the same since opening, a credit to the restaurant in keeping customer value and quality as their number one priority.
To top it all off, with every good meal you should be able to enjoy a beverage or two – and with these prices, you can have three or four without breaking the bank. $6 Jim Beams, basic spirits at $6.50, a couple of Thai beers and a number of local wines and, beers ciders on offer too. Full licensed and even allow BYO at all venues – meaning you can bring your favourite bottle of red for just a $4 fee – perfect.
While you get to enjoy the same food and the same menu at all restaurants, each venue differs in the vibe and experience you get. ARANI is very modern and contemporary and has been a popular spot for a number of years due to its intimate size – it’s small on space, but assuringly big on sharing and warm Thai hospitality. Kanitar however is perfect for larger groups and families, boasting large open spaces, comfy chairs and a relaxed vibe where you can sit back with a glass of wine well into the evening. Jai Thai is a whole new feel altogether, which encompasses a rustic theme, concrete, brick and render – you wouldn’t think it was a Thai Restaurant – that is until the food hits the table of course. It’s not remotely authentic looks-wise, but nor is it trying to be and that’s why we love it.
Now on board with UberEats, EatNow and Menulog as well as always being a phone call away, Thai nights should be on the cards for you this winter – whether you want to dine in, takeway or get delivery. What we can promise is that it’s Authentic Thai done right, and in the dead of winter, it’s just what you could hope for.
ARANI Thai Restaurant
136 Malop Street, Geelong
(03) 5222 1737
Monday – Friday 11am – 2:30pm (3pm if busy), 5pm – 9:30pm
Saturday 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 9:30pm
Sunday 5pm – 9:30pm
Kanitar Thai Restaurant
39 Malop Street, Geelong
(03) 5229 1562
Tuesday – Sunday 5:30pm – 9:30pm
14 The Centreway, Lara
(03) 5282 8577
Tuesday – Friday 4pm-9pm
Saturday & Sunday 4pm – 9pm