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Talk About Hot! Authentic Thai Cuisine Comes To Irvington

Chef Lucky Thai and Owner Navjot Arora of  Sambal Thai and Malaysian in Irvington.
Chef Lucky Thai and Owner Navjot Arora of Sambal Thai and Malaysian in Irvington. Photo Credit: Submitted
Pad See Ew with Chicken at Sambai Thai in Irvington.
Pad See Ew with Chicken at Sambai Thai in Irvington. Photo Credit: Submitted
Pineapple Rice at Sambal Thai and Malyasian in Irvington.
Pineapple Rice at Sambal Thai and Malyasian in Irvington. Photo Credit: Submitted

IRVINGTON, N.Y. —Chef Navjot Arora, co-owner of Irvington’s award-winning Chutney Masala has teamed up with Sushil Malhotra and Executive Chef Lucky Thai to bring yet another ethnic cuisine venture to the Rivertowns with Sambal Thai + Malaysian , at 4 W. Main Street in Irvington.

The eatery, housed at Chutney Masala’s old location, honors the best of authentic Thai cuisine with organic ingredients, exotic herbs, and well-balanced dishes.

“I’ve always been fascinated with Southeast Asian cuisine. It’s very vibrant, very flavorful, and my go-to option when I dine out with my family,” said Arora.

“We’ve created complex dishes with the fundamental Thai flavor profiles—this combination of sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and (sometimes!) spicy.”

While he admits Thai is “generally more accepted” than Indian food, he is focused on maintaining a delicate balance to appeal to Westchester diners. “You are serving the gentleman who's never had Thai food before to the well-traveled connoisseur who eats Thai all the time,” said Arora. “It’s a challenge to find that sweet spot."

And so -- expect authentic dishes that are much more approachable, he said, but with specials and additions for the more adventurous, including more Malaysian items.

Among the popular dishes at the six-week-old eatery: Pad Thai, Green Curry, Pineapple Fried Rice, Pad Kra Prow, and Chili Basil.

Chef Lucky is a fan of the Chicken Rendang—simmered chicken thighs with a robust flavor thanks to exotic spices, lemongrass, lime leaves, and coconut. “I like my food big and bold,” she said.

All dishes can be adapted to spice preference and most are gluten-free. Lunch options include a variety of salads for $8.95 and combination platters for $12.95. Combination platters include a vegetable spring roll and the soup of the day in addition to the main entrée. Takeout and delivery are also available.

The name and cuisine aren’t the only things different. Arora renovated the space to seat more guests and improve the functionality of the space. The biggest change? The outdoor deck with spectacular views of the Hudson River. The kitchen was also expanded and the bar moved upstairs.

For more information, go to www.SambalNY.com .

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