Ruen Pair Thai

5257 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Critics' Pick
Ruen Pair Thai +

Noah Galuten


  • Daily, 11 a.m.-3 a.m.
  • $
  • Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Beer/Wine
  • Family Style, Takeout
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
Ruen Pair has long enjoyed a certain status among the food literati of L.A.: The Thai restaurant is open until 3 a.m., and it’s known as the place where chefs go to eat after their own shifts are over. Remarkably, Ruen Pair doesn’t rest on its insider accolades. The cooks are still taking care with the food, from the fried noodle dishes to the truly excellent soups, especially the coconut-based tom kha gai. Try the salty turnip omelet. It is unusual for a multipage menu to do everything so consistently well, but this menu is full of hits, and it is big enough to keep eating there interesting, even if you’re a regular Thai Town denizen. The restaurant is packed at any given time, and the postmidnight crowd tends to be tattooed and foul-mouthed. During dinner, this is a truly family-friendly place. Just don’t let your kids knock over the soup pots. —Katherine Spiers

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