Renu Nakorn... not very good
I went for the first time yesterday with some visitors from Asia, didn't think it was very good at all, seems like the flavors had been softened for the western palate.
We ordered the:
Northern Red Kare
Tom Yum Kung
Toasted Rice and Sausage Salad
Fried Mussel Omelet.
Just very surprised given the previous raves.
Dumbed down? It's the same people cooking the same food from the same ingredients as before. Was it a notch better when the Chutimas were there? Surely. Are they occasionally a bit skittish about serving a table of non-Thais the requisite dose of heat and funk? Possibly - a lot of people claim they like their food spicier than their palates actually tolerate, and Renu Nakorn does have a mainstream following. Is it easy enough to get food at Isaan blast heat if that's what you want? Most surely. I love Can Coon too, but its complete lack of creature comfort demands a level of commitment that many people are unwilling to make.