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Red Pearl Kitchen on Melrose


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Red Pearl Kitchen on Melrose

globalgourmet | Oct 28, 2006 05:03 AM

Most of the food in this place is at least above average. Service and the staff have a long way to go. Lots of people tripping over themselves, tentative, confused and disorganized, though the manager seems great, always wandering around checking on everyone.

We started with a bunch of small plates. Asked not to have more than two come at one. All came at once. Then, we shared Meyer's Lemon Chicken with shrimp, bacon & garlic friend rice, which we wanted together. A different person always brought the food than our waitres; he came with the chicken and asked, gee, didn't we want some rice with that. Repeated our order for the fried rice and pick at the chicken for 5, 10 minutes...still no rice. Finally, the friendly roving manager came by, dashed to the kitchen and came back with the rice.

The Kobe pineapple satay is some of the best beef I have ever had in my life--an amazing dish. Crab/pork spring rolls--ordinary at best. Chicken potstickers--wow!! Har gow (shrimp dumplings on the menu) very good. Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus--also wow!

Warning: although mild by Thai standards, most of the dishes here are hot by my taste.

Cocktails, as noted earlier, all seem to be $11.

The place is dark and the menus are covered by orange plexiglass, a combination that makes them very hard to read.

The music is LOUD.

Bottom line: mostly above average, faily spicy Asian food in a noisy, dark room with lots of servers but poor service--they just haven't seemed to find their rhythm yet. Bill for two with two glasses of wine and no dessert: $90 with tax and tip.

If you go, whatever else you do, get the Pineapple Kobe Beef Satay Skewer ($9).

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