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550 36th Ave SW, Altoona, IA 50009-2626
+1 515-967-4611
Mon - Fri 00:00 - 23:59
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South Dakota
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129 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Passing through the area this was recommended by the clerk at the hotel. I was a bit skeptical at a strip-mall restaurant but shouldn't have been. We started with the chicken satay appetizer and it could have been a meal in itself. Not the small, thin strips of over-cooked chicken that I've come to expect from so many restaurants. This... More 

Thank MeanderingMax
Altoona, Iowa
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Located in a strip mall restaurant lacks atmosphere and the food is average at best. Carry out is the best choice.

Thank C Gary J
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69 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

This is a small Thai place located in a strip mall and we are so glad we found it! The food is authentic and the service is awesome! We are planning our next trip already! Go!

Thank Marsha M
Des Moines, Iowa
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611 reviews
562 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

I didn't read the reviews until after I was here. Besides our party, there was only two others on a Saturday night. But it had snowed earlier in the day, so many might have stayed home. The food was average in taste. A bit pricey for some of it. A bowl of soup was 6 bucks. Service was OK. For... More 

Thank init4keeps
Madrid, Iowa
2 reviews
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

Service is slow, food is over priced for the quantity, food is average. We have gotten carry out a couple times. Both times the wait was excessive compared to other places. Rangoons & vegetable wontons were over-cooked & dry. The rest of the food was completely unremarkable.

Thank thamannrn
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48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016 via mobile

Ok good ok price ok service Went there several times. Depends who serve you and how bad the crowd is measures up to the standard of food & service you'll get.

Thank Alicia K
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116 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

It's been years since we've last been but family wanted to go & I only have good memories of this place. I called ahead- we had a group of 10. We were sat right away then sat for a good 20 minutes before anyone came to our table. Right before someone came to our table the sushi maker said sushi... More 

Thank Showagapelove
Mount Vernon, Illinois
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403 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Two of us stopped here for dinner while traveling on business. The menu has Chinese, Japanese, and Thai. Everything we had was delicious with some of the best sushi I have ever had. Service was fast and friendly.

Thank Michael H
Altoona, Iowa
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70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Long wait to be seated - minimal seating filled Longer wait to get water and menu Left before anyone even made an attempt to take an order (after 10 minutes).

Thank Crispypc
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Another place that is a must visit when I'm in town exclamation point my husband's family lives in Altoona and we visit every time we come. I have several friends that will come visit me from Ames just for this food. I think I am just a bonus. The curries are so delicious and they can make it the exact... More 

Thank MrsAHolland

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Sushi, Asian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 550 36th Ave SW, Altoona, IA 50009-2626
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Altoona
  • Phone Number: +1 515-967-4611

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?