Restaurants & Bars

Finally went to Ruan Thai in Silver Spring on the advice of this board. Hmmm...

stever500 | Jan 12, 200704:03 AM     17

Well, I've been dying to go to this modest, simple restaurant you folks talk about here from time to time, and is on some of your Top Maryland restaurants list. It's near my house but it looks like a total dive from the outside. 4 of my friends were looking for a place to eat tonight so I told them to meet me there and let's give it a try.

We had to park down the block as their lot is so tight. We went in and noticed that the decor was pretty awful, but we were excited to have a great meal. Our table had plates on in that were chipped pretty badly and the waitress was having a hard time getting to us. Water came so rarely for a refill that I had to ask her to just leave the pitcher on our table which she did, but just barely.

One waitress for the entire restaurant led to some slow service. I asked for some napkins as me and a tablemate never got one but she forgot to bring them. I had to get up and get them from one of the few unused tables. No problem though... I tried to keep in mind we're there for the food, not any professional service.

I ordered the veggie spring rolls which were nice and crispy and delicious. I also had a bite of the other appetizers like a steak dish that was pretty tasty. Another gent had the appetizer which supposedly had crab in it but I never got to try that one. He had to wonder if it actually did have any crab, though no one complained about the taste of it.

For the main course I got the Pad Thai vegetarian version and it was so huge I couldn't begin to finish it. I thought it was actually pretty good after I put some of the additional hot spices on it from the tray she brought out. The noodles were nice and dry, just like I like them, not greasy at all. A buddy tried them and thought they were just ok.

My other friend got the regular Pad Thai with shrimp and enjoyed it though he admitted he never had it before so he had nothing else to compare it to. Another gent had the chicken in curry and he said it was decent, while another had a meat dish that was very similar to the appetizer and he thought it wasn't anything special.

Most of us thought that Dusit Thai up the street on University Blvd offered a much nicer ambiance and as good if not better food.
I wouldn't go back anytime soon, if ever, but I'm glad I tried this highly lauded place. Not sure why it's a favorite here on this board, but I'm really happy I was finally able to satisfy my curiosity and check it out.

There's nothing like trying a new restaurant - it's like another notch on the belt.

Steve R
Silver Spring MD

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