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“Good Given Lack of Alternatives” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Red Lotus

Red Lotus
73511 Twentynine Palms Hwy, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760) 367-4080
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Cuisines: Thai, Vietnamese
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New York City, New York
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Good Given Lack of Alternatives”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

I debated how to calibrate my experience given that 29 Palms really has little choice of restaurants. In the end, the following is based on comparing the Red Lotus to a broader range of locations than just 29 Palms.

The menu is fairly extensive: noodles, rice, meat dishes, curries, stir fry and a good set of appetizers. The food quality is considerably better than chain Asian but not as good as a real Asian kitchen. Calamari came encrusted in about 1/3rd inch of batter which I had to peel off by hand to taste the calamari (otherwise it was more like a chicken mcnugget). Once peeled, the squid were actually quite good. The noodles with chicken were disappointing: very little chicken and soggy, clumped together noodles...not sure the cook knows his/her trade fully. Spring rolls were good.

The house wine was inexpensive and poured generously. They also serve sake and mixed drinks. Service was friendly but very informal -- basically the servers were cleaning up the restaurant most of the time given there were only 3 of us. However, it's a small restaurant so it was easy to call them over.

Prices were reasonable although as mentioned, they tend to skimp on the meat.

On balance, I would go back. Just don't expect the type of Thai/Vietnamese food you'd get in a major city.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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kiama
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“One of the best thai restaurants i have eaten in”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

the food and service are really great. i have eaten thai around the world and i adore this food. i have been there for several different occasions and its always been excellent. great portion sizes

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Calamari please”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Service,food atmosphere . Fresh ingredients and great flavor .staff were good and made us feel welcome

Visited April 2014
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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104 reviews 104 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 45 cities Reviews in 45 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We had dinner here, twice, and both times, our meals were excellent. We especially liked their soups and curry-based stews. The flavors were unique and tasty. The portions were very generous (in fact, we ate leftover soup a third night at our final destination). This is a good place and not very expensive.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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ST LOUIS mo
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3 reviews 3 reviews
“great Thai find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

couldn't believe how good the food was here - Tom Kaw soup spectacular, and the curry and seafood dishes were fabulous - it was recommended to us by our Harmony Motel, and quite a delightful surprise in the middle of the SW desert -

Visited March 2014
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