Dragon Rouge opened as family-run restaurant in a small storefront in Alameda five years ago. Somehow I never made it over there -- I had gotten the impression that the food was overly Westernized.
Recently they opened up in a much larger location at the foot of the Park Street bridge -- a location that has been several restaurants over the years, most recently Aromas.
It's always been a nice space: a long room with a wall of windows over looking a large patio and the estuary. They've redecorated it in modern Asian lounge: dark wood, red shaded lamps, etc. They have a full bar and a large bar area. It's sleek and a bit more sophisticated than typical Alameda family friendly restaurants.
But what about the food? Actually, I have to admit I was wrong about thinking the food was dumbed down. It's quite good. The vegetarian friends I went with last night especially appreciated the wide array of vegetarian options (vegan options are clearly noted). I particularly liked the grilled lemongrass pork from my first visit (served with rice noodles, fresh herbs and lettuce for wrapping) and the rich, savory tofu claypot with brown rice on the second visit. I also really enjoyed my ginger basil drop.
I think it just became my go-to place for a "nice" dinner with friends in Alameda.
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