A group of seven went to the Red House last night, to celebrate...
Reserved an upstairs private room - the building is very old and so the inside is colonial in decoration - although we all wondered what the things on the wall were - turned out they were old tie-on ice skates - sort of random - they looked a little dangerous the way they looked hanging on the wall -
My app was PEI oysters broiled with foie gras, and other ingredients - What can I say? There were 5 oysters - not really plump, but fragrant and briny. Had to use my regular-sized fork which made scooping out all the good stuff a little tricky.
Other apps at the table - Special chilled red pepper bisque, a couple of concoctions of filled phyllo dough - all plates were cleaned -
Entree - this was really great - again from the specials - Linguini with lamb ragout, cooked with mushroom and red wine - this was sumptuous - rich - velvety - decadent - It really hit the spot. It was like a great bolognese except the lamb just made it something very special.
Other entrees were also met with enthusiasm - risotto - one salmon , one lobster - tilapia - but you know, honestly, I only noticed the risottos because they were next to me - I was absolutely transported by the lamb so that I have no accurate recollection of other people were eating.
We shared a couple of bottles of an Australian shiraz - Reynolds? $32 - it was eminently drinkable.
Couple of flies in the upstairs area - that was disconcerting to me, but they buzzed off eventually.
Service was friendly and unobtrusive - we were the opposite of rushed - much appreciated given the celebratory atmosphere.
Prices were a teensy bit high - like maybe a dollar or two above what you might expect - call it the Harvard Square markup -
It's on Winthrop Street, next to the old House of Blues (which has a banner strung across the front proclaiming some sort of a Irish-pub/restaurant theme) -
So I am not really sure how I would characterize this place - No clear theme - no clear direction - seemed like they were heavier on the fish...
I can't say I'd go there by choice, when I think of places to go - but for a group, it was a great choice - there is also a patio, where it seemed most people were dining on this summer evening -
There you go.