Alright, I have researched this to death and the consensus seems to be that Arun's is nothing special at all (and I have to cancel my reservation tomorrow if I decide against it!).
Now then, I'm trying to figure out what that means exactly...
I'm hoping that Arun's is NOT traditional Thai. What I want Arun's to be is Thai fusion. Is that what it is? And, if it is, is it good? Are the flavors interesting? Is it a fun place to eat? This is for my birthday and I just wanted to try something a little different from the norm.
In an ideal world, I'd go to Alinea or Moto for something fun and crazy, but we can't drop 600 bucks (for 2) right now. Instead, I am opting for two nice meals this weekend for a total of 400-500. I was thinking Arun's would be the adventure and Perennial sounds really good and the restaurant, itself, looks really cozy.
However, if Arun's is bland and uninteresting, I do not want to go there. I would love to leave the restaurant wondering what I just ate (in a good way)...is this possible or is it just not good anymore?
I have always thought the Beard nominee list is a good way to try restaurants, and it really hasn't let me down for the most part. Arun was nominated this year...but I do realize his nomination may be the result of some active campaigning on his part.
If there is anyone who likes Arun's, and has been there recently, speak up.
If not, does anyone have any recs for another "fun" restaurant, with a tasting menu, I could go to?
Thank you so much!