With one branch in Pattaya and one in Sriracha, Mum Aroi is a popular seafood restaurant for both locals as foreigners. In this article, I will discuss why this restaurant is so popular, what food they serve and what food is highly recommended. As I only visited the branch in Pattaya, I will discuss only Mum Aroi in Pattaya. 

Each day, and especially in the evening, the restaurant gets packed with hungry guests who are craving for some delicious seafood. Mum Aroi in Pattaya is located Naklua Soi 4 next to the sea and is one of the largest restaurants I’ve seen in Pattaya. The interior of Mum Aroi is exactly what you can expect from a local eatery, with aluminium-frame-tables and an extra small table for your ice cubes. The big difference is when the sun has set: Mum Aroi transforms into an entertaining dining area with atmospheric lighting and live music. This is the main reason why it’s such a popular place to dine: you can enjoy delicious seafood and have a great night with live music and ice-cold beer. As the restaurant is built next to the sea, you get a cool breeze every now and then and at night, the restaurant really gives you that holiday-atmosphere. 

Mum Aroi in Pattaya is a really large restaurant. The inside dining area can host at least one hundred people at once and the outside dining area at least half of that. With these large numbers, you need a lot of staff to make sure your customers get the right attention. Overall, the service is good, but, in our experience, you might have to wait a little bit longer than you are used to. But with the live music entertainment and an ice-cold beer, the waiting is not as bad as you might think.

 

Mum Aroi Pattaya

The spacious indoor seating area of Mum Aroi

 

Mum Aroi Outside

The outside dining area of Mum Aroi, right next to the ocean.

 

Mum Aroi Ocean View

The ocean view at Mum Aroi in Pattaya


 

The Mum Aroi Menu


Like many seafood restaurants, the menu of Mum Aroi is enormous. A forty-page long menu full with all sorts of seafood, including lobster, crab, squid, prawns, mussels, clams, scallops and oysters. All the seafood they serve is Thai style, meaning that it's covered in or served with tasty herbs and plenty of spices. This is surely overwhelming and in the paragraph, I will tell you their most recommended dishes. The prices of all this deliciousness at Mum Aroi does not differ from other seafood restaurants in this area. Expect to pay 400-500 THB per dish, unless you order something more exclusive such as a lobster. There are several seafood options available under 300 THB such as steamed mussels (180 THB), scallops in hot and spicy sauce (220 THB) and fried squid in garlic (180 THB). My point is, eating at Mum Aroi does not have to be that expensive!
 

Mum Aroi Seafood

Amazing seafood at Mum Aroi, mouthwatering, right?


 

The most recommended food at Mum Aroi

 

Fried Horse Crab with Lime (380 THB)


This is one of the signature dishes at Mum Aroi and even got mentioned on National Television during a cooking show. The fried horse crab is covered in a sweet dressing that has similarities with the classic Thai dish ‘crab in yellow curry powder’, but with a twist. This seafood creation is Mum Aroi’s own invention and you won’t find any dish like this elsewhere. All I can say: try it out yourself, you won’t regret it. 
 

Mum Aroi Crab

The signature dish at Mum Aroi: Fried Horse Crab with Lime (380 THB)


 

Deep-Fried Seabass with Fish Sauce (420 THB)


Freshly deep-fried seabass coated in a thin layer of batter and covered in sweet fish sauce. Sounds delicious, right? This is one of my favourite Thai seafood dishes and at Mum Aroi, they really serve a delicious version of it. The seabass is served with a sweet and sour mango salad as well as a spicy seafood sauce. If you don’t like spicy food, this seafood dish is the right choice for you, but if you want to spice things up, simply dip the deep-fried seabass in the spicy seafood sauce!
 

Mum Aroi Sea Bass

Deep-fried Sea Bass with Fish Sauce (420 THB)


 

Hot and Sour Seafood Soup with Garlic (250 THB)


Normally, when you order this Thai classic, you get a complete steamed fish covered in garlic, lime and chillies, however, this version is served with a variety of seafood. The soup is highly flavoured and packed with herbs spiciness. What I liked about this dish was the variety of seafood. You can have a little bit of everything: mussels, squid and seafood. 
 

Mum Aroi Seafood Soup

Hot and Sour Seafood Soup with Garlic (250 THB)


 

Spicy Fried Seafood (280 THB)


If I had to choose which of the four highly recommended dishes was the best, I would choose this spicy fried seafood. The fried prawns and scallops had an excellent taste and the dressing was so delicious. The scallops, in particular, were really delicious as they had the perfect texture. I would highly recommend this dish when you visiting Mum Aroi.
 

Mum Aroi Seafood Scallops

Spicy Fried Seafood (280 THB)


 

Extra information


Mum Aroi is open daily from 11:00 - 23:00 and a reservation is not needed. As the atmosphere in the evening is better than during the day time, I would recommend visiting Mum Aroi in the evening if you enjoy some live music and a few beers. The restaurant is located relatively close to the Sanctuary of Truth, the popular temple in Pattaya, making Mum Aroi an excellent place to combine this with your visit.  

 

Overall verdict


Mum Aroi is one of the popular seafood restaurants in Pattaya. The restaurant is enormous and because of the size, you might have to wait a bit longer than you are used to. The seafood is really tasty and the restaurant has so much different seafood to offer. I would most definitely recommend this restaurant, especially when you are visiting with a (small) group. It’s recommended to visit Mum Aroi in the evening as the atmosphere is much better than during the day. 
 

There you have it, the review of the popular seafood restaurant Mum Aroi. You can find this restaurant, and many others, in our food app called TopTravelFoods. Instead of recommending good restaurants, we recommend the best food these restaurants have to offer. If you are looking for the absolute best dishes near you, TopTravelFoods is the app you must have. It's completely free and available for both iOS and Android. Would you like to know what others think of Mum Aroi in Pattaya? Check out the TopTravelFoods review page of Mum Aroi.

 

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Joost Beijers