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Ruen Pair was the only Thai restaurant my wife and I would frequent. We really enjoyed that the food wasn't overly sweet and often had a bold fishy flavor. Any suggestions for alternatives?

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Ruen Pair
1045 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

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  1. Soi Four Oakland on College Ave

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    1. re: lovejazz61

      Soi 4 is good.

      Chai Thai was off its game the last time I went, but apparently they were training new chefs.

      Lers Ros in SF is the best.

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      Soi 4 Bangkok Eatery
      5421 College Ave, Oakland, CA 94618

      Chai Thai Noodles
      545 B International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

      Lers Ros Thai
      730 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        With "Chai Thai Noodles" I have got the feeling that they have changed ownership recently.? None of the old faces seem to be around anymore. I do remember that they had said that one of the principal chefs "think it was Mom" was ill and plans to expand had been scrapped.
        I also think that they have been slipping the last few months.

        1. re: chefj

          Birdsall reviewed Chai Thai positively in the Express a few weeks ago.

          The liquor license changed in January, Sounsavanh Manyvong is still the owner but he added Thomas Manyvong as a licensee.

          1. re: Robert Lauriston

            Do you know if these people run the day to day operations? Because there has been a major change of staff both kitchen and front of the house.

            1. re: chefj

              I have no idea. The servers were always pretty amateurish.

              1. re: Robert Lauriston

                nothing to do with their skill.
                Just that none of the same people are there any more.

          2. re: chefj

            A colleague and I had lunch at Chai Thai today and enjoyed it a lot. Most tables were full at 1 pm. On my recommendation, he had a plate of the pork leg stew over rice. It looked and smelled just right to me and he said he loved it. My green curry was spicy and just faintly sweet, not too much so.

          3. re: Robert Lauriston

            Ruen Pair is only closed for a few days, they reopen Wednesday.

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            Ruen Pair
            1045 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              The Ruen Pair sign is gone - there is a little paper sign in the window, which I couldn't read while driving without causing an accident, so I didn't read it.

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              Ruen Pair
              1045 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

              1. re: lmnopm

                I called to check, now vegetarian organic Thai. I guess they're changing the name.

            2. re: Robert Lauriston

              My last 3 meals at Chai Thai have not been as good.. but willing to still give them another chance..

          4. East Bay thai has fallen on very hard times. The trend toward bright fresh veg downplays fish sauce. We also haven't had a new crop of immigrants from Thailand in a while. I have a list I hit in succession that I'm not happy with. I tried Ruen Pair twice and never liked it - I got either bland or chilli.

            If that's your Hood, you should be eating a lot at China Village, despite their ups and downs.

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            Ruen Pair
            1045 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

            1. Sabuy Sabuy II is quite good though very loud inside. Unless things have changed in the past 6 months.
              www.sabuysabuy2.com

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              Sabuy Sabuy II
              1233 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94706

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              1. re: chefj

                Sabuy Sabuy II ranges from very good to excellent, depending on what you eat - ask your waiter or the owner, Bert, if he is there, for suggestions.

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                Sabuy Sabuy II
                1233 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley, CA 94706

              2. I love Da Nang-Krungthep on San Pablo almost to Solano, a short distance from Ruen Pair. Yes, it's a dump from the outside (which kept me from going in for years) and not too spiffy inside (though clean! I can even use the restroom), but the food and the owner are wonderful and, if you tell him HONESTLY how you want it, he's sure to make it that way. It's the only place I go for Thai now and I often combine the Thai with a little Viet when the party's big enough. The "happiness crepe" is particularly great at pleasing any crowd.

                My daughter has had friends come over from the City and they've returned at their request to eat there with her.

                Can't say enough good things about Charlie, the owner.

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                Ruen Pair
                1045 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA 94706

                1. I want to put in a plug for Tiny Thai on Gilman near Santa Fe (where Mama Lan's used to be). No ambiance to speak of, but very good food (although I can't vouch for authenticity) and lovely, lovely service.

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                  Tiny Thai
                  8238 Old Redwood Hwy, Cotati, CA 94931

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                  1. re: jessinEC

                    Tiny Thai is no more. Papered over, and a sign that a new sushi restaurant is coming. This makes two short-lived Thai to Sushi endeavors in the hood within a couple of months.

                  2. anyone been to Tuk Tuk cafe in recent times?

                    1. i was all set to try Ruen Pair this weekend and once we found out it was closed, we ended up at White Lotus on Solano Ave. It was very good and I am surprised that it isn't mentioned on here. A Red Snapper mousse dish was a standout, along with Pad Se Ew and a sauteed chicken with string beans. Spicy seafood soup was excellent! and very spicy!!