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“stellar hide-out.”
Review of Ruen Mai - CLOSED

Ruen Mai
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“stellar hide-out.”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

This restaurant was as lovely and peaceful as the other reviewers claim; our group of four made the pilgrimage here solely based on Tripadvisor and it was worth it. The service was impeccable, friendly and professional. The menu was extensive and reasonable for Krabi. We stuffed ourselves silly because we couldn't decide what to get, so we got a bit of everything... They have local specialties like vegetables you might not get other parts of Thailand, Paad Mieng and vegetables with Naam prik (spicy prawn paste locals use as a dipping for raw veg, kind of like their version of spicy hummus?) Ingredients were clearly fresh and we were pleased with the thought and effort put into the food, service, decor... Tables were also at a good distance from other tables to ensure privacy and quiet. We really loved it.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank weirdfish13
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Korean first
  • Spanish first
  • Thai first
  • Any
English first
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48 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Recommended”
Reviewed September 16, 2013 via mobile

Good place to eat. Good food, service and environment..village style dining.. Staff service is good too..

  • Visited September 2013
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Ludlow, United Kingdom
1 review
“Special place, special food”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

We went to Ruan Mai on our last visit to Krabi three years ago and remembered the food. We were disapointed this time to discover that they had shut down (although the old restaurant had been taken over by another company) the food was still ok, but not so special. We then found out that Ruan Mai had reopened at a new place half way between Aonang and Krabi. After a bit of investigation, we found it and WOW! what a place.

The ambiance of the place is even better than it was, the bamboo structure of the roof over the main restaurant is just spectacular, and the whole feel of the place is really a cut above anything else in Krabi.

The food also was right at the top of the culinary ladder, this is a place with a chef and not just a cook, every dish looked great and tasted divine.

It seems like they are now targeting themselves for the Thai market, the place was nearly full and not one foreigner, and everything was authentic: read "spicy". Fortunately, this is how we like our thai food.

If you want a special meal out for an occasion and can handle real Thai food, then this is the best place in Krabi.

The price is expenisve compared to many Thai eating places, but, well worth it. Each dish was in the 150 baht sort of range. Total price for two of us not including the drinks was about 1500 baht. (but then we did order far more than we should have)

We took a taxi from Aonang and the driver knew the restaurant although was a bit surprised that we did, seems like this place is a bit of a secret.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank peter l
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice meals, lovely atmosphere”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

The restaurant is a bit isolate (about 20 minutes driving from Ao Nang and about 15 minutes to town centre) but that gives it very nice and lovely calm atmosphere. Not just the foods that are amazingly authentic and appeared to be created with care but the decorations in every little details are also make this restaurant one of the best to try in Krabi. Together with live folk music, what else you're asking for a great meal with family and friends.

  • Visited August 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Unmatched food and venue”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

Krabitrek recommended this (I think they contributed the pictures!) and it was great.

A bit off the beaten track for many tourists, but with rental vehicle easy to get too; although the parking is entertaining as ground crew wave you in with a torch and it seems mandatory to have a wheel within 6inches of a storm ditch.

Traditional Thai food served for Thai's so "Phet" for a change by default instead of the usual westernised version of Thai so popular in the resorts.

Spectacular building and great frog soundtrack by the local inhabitants of the ponds. This a great atmosphere and why you travel...

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank deekseek
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