+
Restaurants & Bars

Dragon Rouge (new Alameda location)

Ruth Lafler | May 13, 201211:36 AM     7

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.

http://www.dragonrougerestaurant.com/

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving
Entertaining

The Ultimate Guide to Thanksgiving

by Kristin Donnelly | The best way to cook a stress-free dinner is to think ahead, which is why we've created this comprehensive...

19 Great Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren't Pie
Food and Cooking

19 Great Thanksgiving Desserts That Aren't Pie

by Caitlin M. O'Shaughnessy | When the usual pie lineup feels boring and uninspired for your dessert repertoire, you've got to make...

An Ode to 5 Thanksgiving Foods That Are Better from the Package
Food Trends

An Ode to 5 Thanksgiving Foods That Are Better from the Package

by Kelsey Butler | Nostalgia is a factor not to be discounted when it comes to food, and these five holiday staples sometimes...

Better-Than-Homemade Goodies That Can Be Ordered Online
Shop

Better-Than-Homemade Goodies That Can Be Ordered Online

by David Klein | Mail order cookies, cakes, pies, and other sweet treats are better (and more prolific) than ever...

Trending Discussions

4

Favorite Kitchen Knife

Updated 2 hours ago 19 comments

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.