Rearn Thai Restaurant - Casual DiningFood ★★★★☆ Ambiance ★★★★☆ Service ★★☆☆☆ Creativity ★★★★☆ Value ★★★☆☆meal for 2 $30-40 plus drinks
Rearn Thai has large floor to ceiling windows surrounding the restaurant with a wonderful landscape exterior. The gardens around Rearn Thai are beautiful. They do have several tables outside now and this could be a wonderful spot on a warm evening for an outdoor dinner. Rearn Thai is a standalone restaurant with its own parking lot. Parking can be a bit tight on busy nights, but it has never been completely full. The interior is open with high ceilings and a modern and clean feeling.
The food at Rearn Thai is predictably good. A few dishes are outstanding and one of my favorites is Rearn Thai's Crying Tiger.
Tonight we had two very similar dishes. One is my personal favorite here. The Crying Tiger. This is a dish of tender sliced beef served with a side of a chili garlic fish sauce. The sauce is a wonderful blend of lime, fish sauce, garlic, cilantro, and spring onions. This just about hits every flavor sensation there is. I had this type of sauce numerous times during my trip to Thailand and I have to say this is one of my favorites. Extremely flavorful. The heat level is easy to adjust for those who are sensitive to hot. There is plenty of fresh Thai Basil to add one more dimension to this dish.
If you have never had the Crying Tiger at Rearn Thai, then you must go and try this dish!
We also had Rearn Thai's Hot and Sour Beef. This dish is extremely similar to the Crying Tiger. The Hot and Sour beef has the Chili garlic Sauce already poured over the beef. The dish is served with fresh cilantro, Thai basil, mint leaves, and onion. The meat soaks up the many flavors from the Chili Garlic Sauce and this combined with the mint, cilantro and basil makes for a very flavorful dish.
Between the two it is hard to pick a favorite dish. If you have never had the Thai chili garlic lime sauce, I would suggest starting with the Crying Tiger as you can adjust this intense flavorful sauce to your liking.
There is one thing that has changed at Rearn Thai. You can no longer pay your bill at the table. You must bring your check to the cashier and wait in line. This is an inconvenience that should not be put on the customer. When paying with cash, you have to return to the table to leave the tip and many times the table is cleared by the time you get back.
This is one of my North Carolina pet peeves. Any restaurant that does this cheapens up the experience. It will lower the service from a Great Restaurant to a cheap diner. I really wished our local Triad restaurants would stop this practice.