Ruan Thai, located on "the Strip" on University Blvd is a great addition to Tuscaloosa. I remember when the paper posted that Ruan Thai had real monks come in to bless the restaurant upon its opening. Those monks must have really done a good job because it is without doubt one of the better Thai places we've tried. Unfortunately it took us a while to get over there to try it but we were certainly pleased when we did.
The first thing that hit us upon entering was the wonderful smell of Thai food. It has a sweet and spicy aroma that seems to awaken the senses. The restaurant is located in a converted home so there are several rooms in which to dine, all with a Thai theme. The ceiling of the room in which we were seated had a very unique mural worth seeing in person.
Our server Dava welcomed us and promptly started attending to our needs. We started off with the Ruan Thai Crabs and Spicy Fried Wontons for appetizers. Both were delicious. For entrees that evening, I had the Kang Pa-Nang Curry with Shrimp, while the other editor had the Pad Graprow with Chicken. We both agreed that the Kang Pa-Nang was the best of the two, but it was a very close call. Plus its fun to say "Kang Pa-Nang".
The portions were large and filling. Just for the sake of the website here and you the viewer, we forced ourselves to have the Homemade Coconut Ice Cream for dessert. It had a rich coconut flavor. A sweet treat that any coconut lover would enjoy.
All in all it was a great evening and we will be back as soon as possible. If you’ve never tried Thai food, this is a good place to start, but be warned, you’ll find yourself wanting to go back again and again.
Appetizer: Ruan Thai Crabs - the original, delicate cream cheese, crab, and herbs wrapped in
Entrée: Kang Pa-Nang with Shrimp - special Thai roasted curry with coconut milk
Dessert: Homemade Coconut Ice Cream