Ruan Orchid

Price guide: Mid-range

14 Lower Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1RS

Price guide: Mid-range

Ruan Orchid
#15 of 19
expert-rated restaurants in Chester
Expert overall rating:4.1 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.6
4.6
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Ruan Orchid

A quiet and pleasant restaurant with terrifically tasty Thai treats.

Authentic food, and an intimate and warm venue, this isn’t the sort of place that reaches 11pm to be drowned by loud and iniquitous beer orders from large groups of revellers. Before early October 2010, my introduction began with the words "faultless and unobtrusive service", but see the service section below to find out why I've removed them.

Food and drink: 

I love Thailand, I love Thai food, and I have to agree with celebrity chef Simon Rimmer, himself a Thai devotee, when he praises the Ruan Orchid in his guide, Simon Rimmer's Chester. This is classic Thai food on an exciting and diverse menu.

Recommended dishes: 

I adore the stuffed chicken wings and minced pork money bags, plus a good ol’ Thai Green Curry.

Ambience: 

Formal, hushed and classy, the decor isn’t blinding bling like I’ve seen in other Thai joints.

Service: 

Usually polite and on-hand whenever necessary. A recent visit (October 2010) was disappointing service-wise. A not-so-warm welcome was followed by a request by a waitress to move tables, which was chased by the same waitress moving the chair of one of my fellow diners awkwardly around the table, combined with a general indifference to our presence and enjoyment of the food. It culminated in being asked to vacate the table as two people were waiting to sit: a shoddy way to deal with paying customers in my book. It might be a while before I head back here again.

Location: 

Across the road from La Fattoria on Lower Bridge Street. Follow with a drink at Oddfellows next door.

Price advice: 

Get here between 5.30pm and 6.45pm to take advantage of the early sitting menu: two starters and a main course (with rice) for £10.95 per person. Otherwise main courses are around £13.

More information on Ruan Orchid:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Thai
Address:
14 Lower Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1RS
Telephone:
01244 400661
Website:
http://www.ruanorchid.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Fri noon-3pm and 5.30pm-11pm, Sat 11am-3pm and 5pm-11.30pm, Sun noon-3pm and 5.30pm-10.30pm
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested

Have you been to Ruan Orchid? Would you recommended it?

Community comments (3)

the ruan orchid last year got no stars out of five by the council to do with hygene

Thanks Chris. I wasn't aware of such a star system and I'd be interested to check other Chester restaurants out.
I hope the team at Ruan Orchid are working hard to improve on this.

Service with a smile? Not always!