Ruan Orchid

Address: 14 Lower Bridge Street, Chester, CH1 1RS, United Kingdom
Telephone: 01244 400661

- Mid-range

4.1

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
4.6
90%
Service
4
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Food and drink
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Ambience
4.3
90%
Location
4.4
90%

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, [node:119269]. 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 [node:167967] on Lower Bridge Street. Follow with a drink at [node:167781] 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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Mature travellers
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

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