Last week my eating club went to Rearn Thai, the newish place in Clayton on Bonhomme where Candicci's used to be. Although the front room and outside seating is quite nice, the rear room, where we sat, smelled horrible and had terrible lighting. The greeting and seating were very pleasant, and we were expecting good things.
Appetizers were small & expensive on the portion side. We had spring rolls, which, surprisingly, were fried. The menu warns of this, and our waiter told us you can get the uncooked ones if you call ahead, and on weekends. Crab rangoon was average but expensive at $3.95 for four small rangoons. Beef and shrimp satay was satisfactory, but the peanut sauce alongside was runny and bland. Hoy Jor, 6 pieces of sausage wrapped in bean curd and fried, was more tasty, but still bland.
Dinner was a bigger disappointment. Rice was served in a big, silver container that stimulated the idea of eating, but the entrees did not deliver. The shrimp special was boiled shrimp in a soupy sweet sauce redolent of the liquid form of sweet-n-low. The shrimp were chewy and tasteless. Although ordered second-to-spiciest, the heat was below medium. Kung Prik Pao was the same tired shrimp and vegetables, in a brown and also mediocre sauce. Pad Num Mun Hoi was better, a beef and broccoli mixture in a salty oyster sauce. The seafood special contained fake Krab, shrimp, mussels, squid and cabbage - a fine selection from the sea, but the sauce was too hot for the diner, who had ordered it moderate. The duck special, served in a succulent curry was successful. Beef fried rice, ordered very spicy, was also tasty, althought I thought it looked like any standard fried rice with bits of beef. Pad Khing, a ginger beef dish was outright terrible. The beef was tough, there was no ginger flavor and the vegetables did not add to the dish. No desserts were ordered.
Children would be welcome here. The smell aside, the restaurant is clean. Service is very pleasant. But at these prices, just about any other Thai place is a better bet. I would definitely recommend Blue Elephant Thai down the street way over and above Rearn, and Blue Elephant is not the best in town for Thai.
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