Red Pearl Kitchen Reviewed

Stopped by the Red Pearl Kitchen the other night. I’m very happy that I finally checked this place out. I’ve never heard any word of mouth about the place and now I wonder how that’s even possible. This place has a great vibe and great decor. Amber colored glass, ornately decorated, gave you a peek into the entire kitchen. There was soul, neo-soul, and R&B coming over the speakers at just the right volume. The staff was super friendly. Especially one of the waiters named Hunter, who recommended some great dishes.

Unfortunately, the pics I took came out pretty crappy. So I don’t have any pics to show you. But the sampling of food we all shared family style was like crack on a plate. We couldn’t stop eating. For appetizers we ordered the amazing Strawberry Cinnamon Ribs. I know, sounds odd. But the flavor of the berries and cinnamon was very subtle and the meat just fell right off the bone. We also got the Thai Chili Glazed Calamari. There wasn’t even a crumb left after we devoured those. We also ordered some Pork-Shiitake Shu Mai, again, gone in 60 seconds.

If that wasn’t enough, on to the main courses. I order the Short Rib, Pumpkin, Massaman Curry. Served in a “hot pot”. This delicious combination of beef, pumpkin, bananas and curry was by far one of the best meals I have eaten in recent memory. It was very rich and perfect for the cool night. We also ordered the Kobe Beef, Red Curry, and Rice Noodles hot pot. This was much spicier, and almost equally as good. Sounds like enough right? Nope, we also polished off a plate of Shao Hsing-Garlic Cashew Chicken. I warn you, you won’t ever want to have cashew chicken anywhere else, besides here, ever again.

The “Vietnamese Coffee Sundae” Chocolate, with Candied Almonds we ordered for desert was just so so. But I think I was so stuffed, that I wouldn’t have enjoyed anything at that point. Apparently their Banana Cake, Jasmine Caramel, and Chai Tea Ice Cream is the best desert on the menu.

There is a full bar and lounge area, with specialty drinks. The libations are sort of pricey. But they have a good selection of Asian beers. Food prices are decent. It was about $45 a person for apps, main course, desert, a drink or two and tip.
They have locations in San Diego and Huntington Beach as well.

Red Pearl Kitchen
6703 Melrose Avenue

Los Angeles California 90038

Red Pearl Kitchen in Los Angeles

Author:Matt Mitchell

A lover of everything LA has to offer, Matt created Dig Lounge to tell his friends about all the fun things to do in the city. Matt has worked in the dot com world since 1996, including some of the top online entertainment companies and digital marketing firms. He currently works as a Digital Producer.

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