Brought a group of 10 folks to Ruen Pair for lunch last week. It was great!
A few folks were literally afraid to go in because they were displaying a "C" rating, so I had to go and explain how "C" is just fine, it's the "D" and "F" ratings that you have to worry about...
The interior is really quite fine - they had new wooden tables and nicely padded chairs, lots of warm wood paneling on the walls, seems to me like a perfectly traditional Thai setting, with pictures of Thai royal family and the works. I don't understand why anyone would consider this anything but attractive, but perhaps they've remodeled or something... And parking for lunch was no problem - plenty of room in the lot. Maybe now that Palms has moved out things are looser there.
Anyhow, we ordered a fine mix of dishes - here are some that I recall:
Beef Jerky App with Sticky Rice - definitely on the dry side, which is the idea, and ended up being a tad bit too salty, but mostly fine and got devoured. Good with sticky rice though my same more squemish companions used knife and fork (see a trend? Bunch of Sallies... No offense to anyone actually named Sally!)
Shrimp Cake App - these went lickety split - I didn't try them but they looked great
Spicy Beef Salad - WHOOO - spicy spicy, baby. This one lit me up and made me gulp down an entire Thai coffee. Productive afternoon after that... I like char on the meat, which wasn't there for this salad and may well be a non traditional preference of mine (Lannathai in Sherman Oaks does a great beef salad this way, BTW), but the meat was tender and flavors great. More like beef, cucumber, carrot on top of big lettuce leaf garnish than salad here, per se.
Papaya Salad - definitely good, definitely hot. I went back to the beef above more, and the papaya didn't get demolished by the group, either. But this is a pretty different dish, and that's to be expected.
Cashew Chicken - Also good, nice clean version of the dish with plenty of good veggies and medium spiced, just like we asked.
Pad Thai - fine version, nothing too special, but nicely done.
Combo Fried Rice - Didn't have this, but it was reported very good, and the guy who ordered it hoarded the leftovers and paid more so that he could take them home uncontested. I guess he liked it, LOL!
Pad See Iw with Tofu - really nice version, not spicy but nicely browned with soy and good noodles. Great foil for the more spicy dishes.
There were a few more things and a couple of soups that I didn't taste, but this is a very solid spot, great, warm service, they took a reservation for our group no problem, and everyone left very happy. I hope the next place I take them doesn't have a "D" or an "F" showing - think of the reputation I may end up with, dragging these poor souls (Sallies) out to the ends of the earth for tomain roulette! :-)
Epilogue - Everyone did just fine that afternoon and over the weekend re their digestive sytems. My plan for profiteering on antacid sales was a complete failure. We'll get 'em next time.
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