We are the premium and most established Thai restaurant in Chester. Conveniently located in the City centre, The Ruan Orchid offers a mouth-watering menu in a welcoming, Eastern-inspired atmosphere.
Walking into The Ruan Orchid, you can see that you will have a truly unforgettable experience. Coming in from the hustle of Chester City Centre, you are greeted with Traditional Thai surroundings. The scent of tropical flowers mingles with the heady aroma of exotic herbs and spices from the Far East.
Please feel free to browse our Website and read about Thai culture and festivals to get you in the mood for that special meal.
My wife and I had lunch here last Sunday and everything was exceptional. We travel to SE Asia regularly, and the food in Ruan Orchid is very authentic. We ate from the lunch special two course menu and the spicy beef salad and chicken curry paste dishes I had were fantastic. Service was brilliant, including having the bag of shopping I’d left behind, waiting for me when I returned shortly afterwards. Good price and great food, with lovely people. Highly recommended.
Gorgeous food, lovely clean restaurant, attentive friendly staff. Reasonable price. Thank you.
I have visited the Ruan Orchid regularly over the years. I have always found the food an absolute delight. The staff are friendly and very helpful. Since the lockdown I have been using their takeaway service and the food is restaurant quality. If you haven’t tried it I suggest you do. You will not be disappointed especially if you like spicy food.
In Bangkok, the central plains and the Gulf coast there is a concentration of rice, noodles and the key sauces, such as fish, soy and bean sauce, which constitute the main flavourings. Moving to the mountains north, the flavours are usually hot, thanks to garlic, chillies, pickle and preserves. Next, the north eastern region supplies all the basic herbs including the citrus flavours of lemon grass, kaffir limes and tamarind that give so many Thai dishes their tangy edge. Down south, along the isthmus, we discover the sweet flavours – exotic cooking fruits, palm sugar at Petchaburi and coconut on the island of Koh Samui food which include sweet and savoury combinations.
Our traditional Thai food is certainly full-flavoured; soups sparkle with chilli and lemongrass and curries are rich with aromatic and spicy tastes. There is no bland compromised cooking at our establishment, but those with a less fiery palate shouldn’t be put off as all dishes are cooked to order and so the heat can be turned down!
Our exclusive, menu has a dish to suit every palate. We offer traditional dishes such as the classic Thai Green Curry, and Duck in Sweet and Sour Sauce, as well as our own in-house specialties such as our signature Ruan Orchid Pad Thai with Mixed Seafood.
We offer a wide choice of seafood dishes, including Sea Bass, Mussels, King Prawns, Crab and Squid. We also boast meats such as Chicken, Beef and Pork freshly cooked in authentic Thai spices. Whether you prefer your food mild or spicy, we can prepare our dishes to your exact requirements.
The Ruan Orchid also boasts one of the most varied vegetarian menus in the area. If you are a strict vegetarian or vegan, please let your server know.
We also have a choice of exquisite wines from far flung plains such as Africa and Australia, as well as the finest wines of Italy and France.
We also have special menu’s for Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, please contact us for more details.
The Thai calendar boasts a colourful array of festivals throughout the Year, which we embrace and celebrate at Ruan Orchid. Below are just a selection:
Loy Krathong is one of the most popular festivals in Thailand. It takes place during the evening of the full moon in November when people visit rivers and streams to float their krathongs – leaf or flower-shaped cups that contains flowers, candles and incense. Wishes are made and they must come true if the candles remain burning until the krathongs float out of sight. Lovers also send their offerings and hope their krathongs remain close together as they float down the stream.
Songkran is the name given to the ‘Thai New Year festival’, which starts on April 13th and lasts for 3 days.
This is the most important event of the year for the Thai people and it’s a time of ritual, celebration and fun in which water plays a very special part. Ceremonies and ritual involving water are traditional and visitors to Thailand at this time may have found themselves in the middle of street parties where everyone becomes drenched.
Hello – Sawadee khrup/ka
Yes – Chai (khrup/ka)
No – Mai (khrup/ka)
Maybe – Aaj ja (khrup/ka)
Thank you – khop khun (khrup/ka)
Sorry/excuse me – Khor thoad khrup/ka
Where is the restroom? – Hong nam yoo tee nai khrup/ka?
No worries – Mai pen rai
Can you speak English? – Kun pood paasaa anggrit dai mai