Reun Thai, W6 9PL
- (020) 8748 4881
- 100 Fulham Palace Road (map of this place)
- W6 9PL
- Mon-Fri 11:30am--3pm and 6pm--11pm, Saturday 6pm--11pm, Sunday 5pm--11pm
- Nearby tube stops: Hammersmith
- Takeaway: Free local delivery on orders over £15 or 10% discount on collection (in evening only) [2002-04-19]
Over 60 varied dishes on the menu in total; appetisers start at £3.95 for spring rolls (nice), crispy bean curd (very plain and a little over-fried), vegetable tempura (not bad, not as battery and greasy as it can often be), deep-fried leek-stuffed pancakes (the stuffing's really tasty), corn cakes (again a little over-fried). You can get a selection of each of the vegetarian appetisers for two people to share for £8.95, or a selection of meaty starters (such as satay chicken, deep-fried prawns in pancakes, etc), again for two, for £9.95. The Thai soups are pretty good - Tom Yum Hed (spicy soup with mushrooms) and Tom Ka Hed (coconut-milk soup with mushrooms) are both £3.95, and I would say higher quality than the deep-fried starters. All the vegetarian starters are vegan.
Main courses range from £4.10 for vermicelli salad (with peanut, onion, coriander, chilli and lemon) and yum coral (white fungus with chilli, onion, lemon and coriander) up to £7.80 for a steamed pot of king prawns, crab claws, glass noodles and dried mushrooms.
Vegans should try out the Som Tum (raw shredded green papaya and carrot in a lime, peanut and chilli dressing, £4.90), Pad Khing Tao Hoo (fried tofu with ginger, mushrooms, spring onions and soy sauce, £4.20), Pad Kra Prao Tao Hoo (fried tofu with chilli and fresh Thai basil, £4.20), Hed Wine Dang (mushrooms with ginger and red wine in a Thai sweet and sour sauce (not like Chinese sweet and sour), £4.20). On the slightly spicier side (still vegan), try Pad Hed Kee Mao (mushrooms with chilli, garlic, fresh Thai basil and scotch whisky, £4.20). (These are all personal recommendations from Kake.)
Other vegan dishes are the vegetable versions of the green, red, jungle and mussamun curries (all with tofu, £4.50). The mussamun curry has tinned potatoes in, which is slightly odd, but not unpleasant if you're forewarned.
Steamed rice is £1.60, an ample portion of sticky rice is £2.40.
[Prices at 2002-04-19]
Service and Ambience
This is a real local, friendly, little place. Come here two or three times and the manager will remember you and ask you how you're doing. It's not very big, though there is a larger room downstairs that I've never seen anyone in; this might be intended for parties. The service is friendly and discreet. People seem to enjoy themselves here.
It doesn't seem to be very well-known; there's hardly anything about it on the web. Some of the mentions I found were mis-spelled as "Ruen Thai".