Albany >Food & Dining > Ruen Pair Authentic Thai Cuisine
1045 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA | Directions 9470637.884988 -122.297079
Open 7 days a week
Lunch 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner 4:00pm - 10:00pm
good Papaya salad – I love the papaya salad there. I have to go to this so many time in order to get the spicy taste I need. I always order extra spicy but they never tend to do it for me until my Thai friends say. Just say I want papaya salad ped mak mak like thailand .
best food very nice service – I have ate here more than 20 times past 2 months the food is very good papaya salad, thai rice salad pad thai their Issan grill pork and tomka gai is yammy the spicy is very high beware i orer hot first times but the waitress warn but i didnot listen sooo I so spicy
Best Thai Food, Yummy Curries, and Great Service! – My friends took me out to Ruen Pair to celebrate my birthday this past Sunday. It was my first time there and I must say the place is amazing. There was 10 of us in our group so we were seated in the back of the restaurant in a small private room all for ourselves. It was perfect for us since we have kids and tend to make a lot of noise. We started off with a few appetizers, Satay, Egg Rolls, Angel Wings which the kids just loved to pick up with their hands, and coconut soup Tom Ka Gai. The waitress asked us how spicy we wanted our soup and we said Medium. My friend warned me that Ruen Pair's medium is usually on the hot side, but we tried it anyways since we're used to hot Mexican food. The soup was perfect. Just enough spicy to make me sweat, but a little to spicy for the kids though so we ordered the rest of our dinner on the mild side. We had the Panang Curry and the Green Curry, I just love curries. We also ordered BBQ Chicken and Pad Thai Chicken which the kids just loved. By the time we had finished our dinner and opened all the presents it was time for the cake. The waitress brought the cake out with a sparkling candle to our table. Overall we had a great night. Great food and great service. I'll be back!
Avoid the Pad Thai - And the bad service – I love Pad Thai. I know good Pad Thai. In 25 years of eating Thai food both here in the SF Bay Area and 3 months living in Thailand, I have eaten a whole lot of Pad Thai. Hundreds of dishes of Pad Thai. I know good Pad Thai. What my girlfriend and I were served at Ruen Pair last night was without a doubt the single worst dish of Pad Thai I have ever tasted in my entire life. Hands down. An overcooked, gooey, gloppy, tasteless, coagulated mess that looked like something my dog might have thrown up after rummaging through the waste bin in the back alley. If the noodles had been cooked any longer they would have just dissolved, if that's possible. I could go on, but you get the idea: bad bad Pad Thai, and it wasn't just the overcooked noodles.
I politely (really!) told the waitress that the dish was not edible and politely asked if we might be able to get something else instead. She had to check with the chef and came back and explained that this was how he/she always makes Pad Thai, meaning no, I could not have something else in its place. I asked for the check, and remarked that I wasn't paying for the Pad Thai. She came back with the bill, saying they would only charge half price ($3.75) for the uneaten Pad Thai. Unbelievable. How much do the ingredients cost for a dish of Pad Thai? Maybe 37 cents? And they create this much animosity over this instead of just sucking up the 37 cents and pleasing an understandably dissatisfied customer? Welcome to the internet, Ruen Pair.
Go elsewhere if you want food. – We went there Sat. night- so we expected it to be busy. We were patient. It was more than 20 minutes before someone came to take our order. 40 minutes LATER we had only a soda. No appetizer, or food. I asked the hostess could she see if they even started our food. She never came back to tell us. The couple next to us got their salad & appetizer, and 3 minutes later got their 3 entrees. Why not send out appitizers to several tables & then send out entrees. We got no appologies or anything ( when I asked about our food.) Also they took our entertainment when we ordered, not at the end like other places we have been. I feel like it was due to a "coupon" we had a lack of service. Oh well, we won't be needing it. After 65 minutes ( I can't believe I waited that long.) we left $3. on the table for the 1 soda and went to Jimmy Bean's. The service is friendly & the food comes lightning fast, and is always wonderful. I had the best Cioppino I have had in my life!! By far!
**next time I crave Thai food I will go to Bua Luang. never had a bad experience there!**
wonderfull food great place – we were there on weekend the food is very good papaya salad is amazing so strong in flavor very nice, service is good keep it up guys
Our secret is out! – We were amazed to discover the best Thai restaurant we've ever visited in a nodescript building on busy, industrial San Pablo Avenue. We visit again and again, wanting to try the entire menu. The fish is fresh, the authentic Thai herbs and seasonings pungent, and the staff is as nice as can be.
A caution - if you say you want your dish spicy, spicy indeed it will be!
I almost hate to review the restaurant because we like this being our secret Thai joint.
much much better – This place is a hit for me, we came a month ago a friend recommed it so good padthai not too sweet, papaya salad is mouth flavorfull
My favorite restaurant hands down – The first time I ate here was for a work meeting and I was instantly addicted. I love Thai food and have tried other places in the area but they pale in comparison. They have the best Thai Iced Tea ever. It has crushed ice instead of cubes. Their Sa Tay, Ma Sa Man curry and House Special Barbeque Chicken are my favorite dishes. The latter is brought out sitting on a tray while still on fire.
Also note that you can get delivery from EZ Dine In.
great thai place – we were their last night, the place was busy, the server still give us a big smile, food is great sooooo spicy(we ask for medium plus on papaya salad) our waitress already warn us about spicy...... we totally love this place
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