Restaurants, Thai Irving Park
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsArun's
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsArun's
 (Photograph: Martha Williams)
Photograph: Martha WilliamsArun's

In 1985, Arun Sampanthavivat handed Chicago its first real taste of Thai food; in return, the accolades poured in. Today, the dining landscape insists that we hold Arun’s to one of two standards: stacking its $85 prix fixe up against other upscale experiences or comparing the parade of Thai standards to those found at the brigade of solid storefronts in town. In both cases, Arun’s, unfortunately, does not emerge the victor. The flavors here are flat, the proteins overcooked, the food obscured by dated attempts to mask it all with random piles of carved vegetables. Arun’s was no doubt deserving of praise when it opened, but now it's on autopilot, and each night that its kitchen continues this way will further dismantle their once-stellar reputation.


Venue name: Arun’s
Address: 4156 N Kedzie Ave
Cross street: at Berteau Ave
Opening hours: Dinner (closed Mon)
Transport: Subway stop: Kedzie Subway lines: Brown to Kedzie Bus info: 78 Montrose, 80 Irving Park, 82 Kimball/Homan
Price: Average degustation: $85
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I had a fabulous dining experience on a Sunday evening at Arun's. We chose the 12 course pri fixe menu and loved every course. The dishes are diverse in flavor, texture and color. Beautiful edible garnishes compliment the plate. Arun himself personally brought out a few of our courses, explaining each item in detail with suggested tasting instructions to experience different flavors. The cocktails are large and delicious, service is outstanding and the space is beautifully decorated with Thai artwork and sculptures.