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Very poor Ruen Pair experience

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1. Requested red curry as spicy as possibly. Was warned that even medium is hot. I compromise and ask for 8 out of 10. Curry arrives as thin as soup, with a spice rating I'd give a 3. I tell the waitress--she takes it away, and brings it back now full of dried chili flakes. Aside from a lack of spice, there was also a dearth of any other discernible flavor.

2. Pad see ew. Tasteless, grease bomb.

3. Parking $2. As if people are going to park there just to walk the glorious surroundings.

I've had issues with Jitlada as well (obviously left over chicken when I still ate chicken, consistently undercooked potatoes in their masaman curry, small portions), but I guess I'm stuck with it.

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Jitlada
5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Ruen Pair Restaurant
5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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  1. I haven't had any great meals at Ruen Pair. It's always seemed pretty ordinary to me. But I haven't had any bad meals either.

    I don't expect anything much from a dish not on Jitlada's southern Thai menu, but the stuff on the southern Thai menu is often extraordinary.

    I suggest you try Yai's on Hollywood and order it pet pet or pet ma. They'll make your food knock your socks off spicy and flavorful. I like the larb fish and similar dishes with sticky rice.

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    Jitlada
    5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Ruen Pair Restaurant
    5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

    Yai Restaurant
    5757 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

    1. Ruen Pair? Why, when Ganda is across the parking lot?

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      1. re: burglover

        Thanks for the Ganda recc. I went for my first time and had some very tasty panang curry--just wish it had more veg and less tofu. I also had my first rad na..not sure if the gravy is always like that, but it was sort of off-putting in a tasteless, snot-like sort of way.

      2. Ruen Pair is the best at 2 am. Just deal with it.

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        Ruen Pair Restaurant
        5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

        1. While my meals at Ruen Pair have been good, not great, I would encourage anybody going to avoid the curry. It's just not what they do well.

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          Ruen Pair Restaurant
          5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

          1. I never get spicy stuff @ Ruen Pair, usually just duck noodles, sauteed greens. I don't always like to gasp for air as I eat, but I have noticed that they're really weak on the heat, but probably always have been? And, I always go for lunch, not dinner, when they don't charge for parking. But at $2, that's pretty cheap parking. And as you say - glorious surroundings (you're talking about that donut shop I assume).

            1. Anyone know if this is related to the Ruen Pair in the Bay (Berkeley and Oakland)? I went to the one in Berkeley, and they were able to bring the heat - as much, and maybe even moreso than Jitlada (though they damn near asked for my street cred when I asked for Thai spicy).

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              Jitlada
              5233 1/2 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

              Ruen Pair Restaurant
              5257 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027