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.
I adore the stuffed chicken wings and minced pork money bags, plus a good ol’ Thai Green Curry.
Formal, hushed and classy, the decor isn’t blinding bling like I’ve seen in other Thai joints.
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.
Across the road from [node:167967] on Lower Bridge Street. Follow with a drink at [node:167781] next door.
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.
- Mature travellers
- Special occasions