Went to Red Stripe for the first time last night. We had an 8:30 pm reservation - our party of 4 was seated promptly, in front of the open windows, which was nice.
Very busy and our server was noticeably harried. We were prepared to order an appetizer and were told that on Friday and Saturday nights, diners are supposed to order both appetizers and entrees at the same time. I was embarrassed in front of my guests - if you need to turn the table, fine, but you don't have to tell us in such a tactless way. We changed our minds about ordering appetizers, we were so turned off by our server.
Two of us ordered the so-called specialty of the house, the moules et frites. He had the Portuguese style with chorizo and I had the mariniere. We were both disappointed by the mussels - small, dried out, and the broth (which at other restaurants, I've been known to sop all up with bread) was too salty in both styles. Our companions had the everything but the kitchen sink salad with chicken (seemed fine - difficult to mess this one up) and the salmon, which was deemed okay, but it looked rather dry and overcooked to me. The accompanying latke looked tasty.
No beer on tap was disappointing - we were looking forward to a nice Belgian beer with our moules frites, but they didn't even have anything in bottles. I had a glass of Spanish white wine (crisp, but a little too young and tart) and a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc for the table (okay).
All in all, I felt like this is yet another over-hyped restaurant in the D'Oliveira empire.
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