21 October, 2019
Eat & Drink

Ruam: Casual Thai Eats On Ship Street

21 October, 2019

With its relaxed vibe, spacious terrace and tasty food, Ruam ticks all the boxes for us.

District: Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Cuisine: Thai
How much: Snacks priced between $78 and $118; salads between $118 and $148; meat and seafood between $128 and $278; curries between $158 and $188; rice and noodles between $118 and $138; desserts $88
Must order: Red Duck Curry; Mango Sticky Rice
The best for: Casual alfresco dinner or drinks
Sassy Tip: The spacious outdoor terrace is also a dog-friendly haven. Just make sure to call ahead when bringing along your furry friend!

We’re always on the lookout for casual, neighbourhood restaurants. The kind of place you can rock up to any night of the week, enjoy a few drinks and some casual fare. And new to the Wan Chai dining scene is Ruam, a relaxed Thai bar and eatery that is ticking all the boxes for us.

Ruam outdoor terrcae

Located on the first floor of J Senses (where Koh Thai used to be), a quick trip up a flight of stairs from Ship Street and you’re worlds away from the bustle below. Welcoming guests with its spacious terrace, full of lush greenery, Ruam has opened at the perfect time of year for those looking to dine alfresco.

Ruam pad see ew

Ruam red duck curry

The menu features favourites from across Thailand. From spicy som tum (papaya salad with snake beans, dried shrimp, chilli and peanut; $118), to creamy gaeng kiew wan gai (free-range chicken thigh green curry with peas and eggplant; $158) and the classic pad see ew (wok-fried flat noodles with kale and light soy sauce; $128), the food at Ruam brings an authentic taste of the country to Wan Chai. We particularly enjoyed the rich and aromatic gaeng phed ped yang (duck leg curry with lychees, banana chillies and peanut; $188), served with flaky roti ($38). The confit duck was tender and fall-apart, with crispy skin that held its own against the heavy sauce.

Sure to be an ideal drinking snack, we also enjoyed tucking into the moo ping (pork belly skewers; $78). Deceptively simple, the pork was soft and full of flavour, with just the right amount of char.

Ruam Mango Sticky Rice

Of course, no Thai meal is complete without the classic mango sticky rice ($88). The combo of ripe mango, sticky rice and salty, sweet coconut sauce is always a winner, and Ruam’s rendition of the dish didn’t disappoint.

If you’re unsure what to pick from the variety on offer (or are just ready to feast!), we recommend opting for the “Feed Me” menu. Featuring a plethora of favourite dishes, the great-value sharing menu is priced at just $200 per head for the first 250 customers each month.

Ruam drinks

We also recommend heading to the casual restaurant and making the most of its happy hour deal and gorgeous outdoor terrace. Drinks on offer include ice-cold Singha beers ($52) and the signature Oh Yeah! cocktail ($88), both of which are 50% off during happy hour (Monday to Friday, 4pm to 8pm). We hear that a brunch menu is soon to be announced, so you’ll know where to find us come the weekend.

Our verdict: Ruam may not serve up the most extraordinary Thai food in the world, but what is does offer is tasty food, that’s relaxed and which errs on the right side of authentic. Those looking for a new, casual outdoor spot to drink and dine need to add this one to their list.

Ruam, Shop 9, 1/F, J Senses, 60 Johnston Road, Ship Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, 3160 8535, www.ruam-thai.com

All images courtesy of Ruam.

Back to top
🥞Happy Pancake Day Hong Kong 🥞! It's the perfect excuse to get your pancake fix so check out our guide to *The Best Pancakes In Hong Kong* on #sassyhongkong now. Link in bio.⁠
#hongkongpancakes #shrovetuesday #everydayispancakeday⁠
🚨Deal alert 🚨 Did you know @diningcity_hong_kong HK Restaurant Week kicks off this Thursday? Lunch sets start from $148 and restaurants include #teamsassy favourites such as Ichu, Chaiwala and Alto. Follow the link in bio to book your special set menus from the city’s top-rated restaurants, all at a bargain price.⁠
It's perfect running weather at the moment. Check out *The Best Running Spots On Hong Kong Island* on #sassyhongkong now. Link in bio. Comment your favourite HK runs below 👇.⁠
#hkrunning #runhongkong #mondaymotivation
The most important meal of the day 🤤. Just in time for the weekend we've updated *Your Ultimate Guide To Breakfast In Hong Kong*. Click the link in bio now and save this post for vital future reference.⁠
#sassyhongkong #hongkongbreakfast #hkeats
It's National Margarita Day tomorrow! ⁠To celebrate @taqueriasupermacho are doing special pitchers of frozen margaritas from 6 pm onwards. Find out all the details plus the latest bar openings, happy hours and new drinks menus ⁠by reading *Where To Drink In Hong Kong This February*. Link in bio. ⁠
#nationalmargaritaday #hongkongcocktails
The weekend is almost here, stay happy and healthy Hong Kong 🇭🇰✌️. ⁠
#sassyloves this simple guide to happiness by @harmonywillowart⁠
Love hiking but don’t have the time to commit a full 4+ hours to it? Read *Hiking Trails Under Two Hours In Hong Kong* on #sassyhongkong now. Link in bio. Then tag a friend you want to hit the trails with 👇.⁠
Just don't get caught hiking the trails 'on your lunch break' 🙈.⁠
#hkhiking #hongkonghikes ⁠