Thai Aroma delivers this salty-sour-spicy cuisine on Rte 40 in Ellicott City. The menu serves all the classics: tom yum soups, larb, pork and chicken stirfries and the beautifully colorful curries -- red, green, yellow, panang . . . The kitchen delivers as well. I came out of a frigid afternoon and warmed up with tom yum shrimp soup and panang pork. The soup was delicious with the undertone of sour that takes a steady hand to do right and with fresh-tasting tomato diced into the broth.
The curry was good. Its hard to judge because I have a soft spot for Bangkok Delight so I don't want to dismiss Thai Aroma. I enjoyed lunch, and, although its a little dark inside, it felt like a friendly place. (It felt extra friendly when the waitress chased me down in the parking lot with the credit card I left behind. Should have tipped a dollar more) The food was good, and it deserves its accolades from fans on Live in Howard County. Definitely a worthy place, although maybe a step below Bangkok Delight -- a place that, some days, I think is the best restaurant around. The Columbia restaurant just puts some extra crisp to the vegetables, some extra bite to the curry.
I'd love to hear from other people who can compare. People swear by Bangkok Delight and by Bangkok Garden, also in Columbia. But then, I could never have too much Thai food!
If you are near Thai Aroma, definitely check out Shin Chon Garden Korean restaurant and La Boulangerie bakery, which are in the same shopping center with the Lotte grocery store. There is also a Korean-style Chinese restaurant, but I haven't tried that yet.
8815 Baltimore National Pike (Rte 40)
Ellicott City, MD 21043
NEAR: Thai Aroma is across from the Lotte grocery store in the shopping center just east of Rte 29 on Rte 40. It is next to La Boulangerie bakery.