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“Lasagna and Tiramisu”
Review of Thai Cafe

Thai Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Thai
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Westminster, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lasagna and Tiramisu”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

I do hope that if you're visiting Twenty Nine Palms that you take a moment and discover a true gem not too far from the gate to Joshua Tree. This gem is no ordinary restaurant, and if you want to have lasagna that can only be described as extraordinary, well…you will have discovered Gino's Cafe. Amazingly, the lasagna is just scratching the surface of their rather remarkable cuisine. The two brothers Gino and Fouady have somehow blended their Italian roots into a culinary art form. If you're lucky enough to be around when they're serving up their version of tiramisu, by all means go for it…It's…just…Wow!

S. Mattila

  • Visited November 2013
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  • Dutch first
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English first
San Diego, California
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful place with a great atmosphere!”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

We decided to stop by this little restaurant after a day in the national park. Gino’s cafe, what a wonderful place with a great atmosphere. I had the Spaghetti Pesto, which was very well balanced, not too sweet, not too garlicky. My boyfriend ordered his favourite: lasagna. Our other couple had the Eggplant Parmesan to share. You could tell a lot of work went into prepping the food. As for the service it was just as good. The Chef is authentic Italian and the waitress was very nice as well. After the meal we were the last ones in. The staff had a closing drink with us. All and all it was a terrific dinner. Can’t find any better Italian in West LA or Beverly. :)

Visited July 2014
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Blaricum, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“We might be spoilt but this was average food”
Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

We diverted to Gino's because both 29 Palms Inn & Bistro were closed for refurbishment / summer.

Now, having regularly travelled to Italy, I can safely say this food was average at best - the Mussel starter was more like a Mussel surprise, ie there weren't very many (although they tasted ok), and the pasta entrees weren't much better.

Nice, friendly service though (yes, with the trolley - why ?!?!) but not worth the prices they charge. So ok, just!

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Thank mkroon
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San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Italian food”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

The decor was very old school but nice if a little stuffy. The food wasn't amazing but good and would go back again. The sauteed shrimp with pasta was very tasty and plentiful. I couldn't finish it all the very nice Chef gave us.

Visited July 2014
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Thank Bernadette1207
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Menlo Park, California
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Penne arrabiata to die for!”
Reviewed July 23, 2014

Who knew we were going to find such amazing food in little Twentynine Palms?!? This is like having a fun quirky friend invite you over for dinner, and he's going to make it from scratch while you hang out in the living room. Reading Yelp and Trip Advisor reviews put me in the right frame of mind before arriving. Don't go if you are in a hurry, and don't go if you lack a sense of humor. First thing when Gino comes to your table, order a glass of wine. Then RELAX and enjoy your evening. I can see how if the place gets filled with a lot of people that service could get slow. It's worth the wait. Have another glass of wine. Enjoy the ambiance. Surely you don't have a restaurant like this in your hometown. You're on vacation. This is a restaurant experience you will enjoy telling others about when you get home. Oh, and for the reviewer that didn't like the trolley… I loved it! Anyone can use a tray. Even if there was one item coming out from the kitchen, it came on the cart. Charming and quirky to me. Now, about this penne arrabiata. Holy cow!! Almost blew my head off spicy, with beautiful chunks of fresh jalapeños but it was flavorful. Pasta cooked to a perfect al dente. Divine. Huge portion. I stashed my leftovers in our cooler in the car and enjoyed it as the most amazing picnic lunch out at Joshua Tree National Park the next day. Love this place and next time we're in 29 Palms we'll be back!! Grazie!!!

  • Visited April 2014
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