Absolute Review: Red Onion Restaurant

Posted on April 24, 2014


Located on Patak Road, just a few hundred meters from the Karon Temple, is the tourist favorite known as Red Onion Restaurant. This modest, local restaurant is definitely one of the best Thai restaurants in Karon offering great value for money and a wide variety of authentic Thai dishes on the menu.

On a recent visit, we weren’t surprised when we had to queue up outside the restaurant; Red Onion Restaurant is always overflowing with customers so get there early if you can. After an approximate twenty-minute wait, we were shown to our table. It should be noted that despite the busy atmosphere of the restaurant, the wait staff is extremely friendly. Our waiter was very patient as we poured over the menu, and quick to answer any questions we had about the various dishes.

Red Onion Restaurant’s menu is filled with photographs of many authentic Thai dishes. We chose to sample a variety of curries and our order consisted of Green Curry with Chicken, Massaman Curry with Chicken and Penang Curry with Chicken. A few dishes of rice and a plate of delicious Morning Glory stir-fried in Oyster Sauce rounded out our feast.

The curries that we sampled were all close to perfection with just the right combination of spicy and sweet that Thai food is so famous for, however, our favorite was the Massaman Curry with Chicken. Massaman Curry is quite popular in Southern Thailand, and it’s extra delicious as it contains peanuts and potatoes. Red Onion Restaurant’s version of Massaman Curry with Chicken blended all of the usual flavors, but also had a bit of a spicy kick that was a pleasant surprise for us!

We highly recommend Red Onion Restaurant to any of our guests that may be spending the day on Karon Beach or in the Karon area shopping. The local restaurant is sure to leave you pleasantly surprised with the wide variety of choices, as well as completely satisfying your hunger.

The restaurant is good for families with children and offers lunch, dinner and late night options. Red Onion Restaurant is open every day from 3:00pm – 11:00pm.

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