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Red Light on a cold night...

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Red Light on a cold night...

ab | Jan 5, 2004 09:37 AM

Went to Red Light this past Saturday to begin a night of bachelor party celebration.

The space is large, divided by a partition which is kitchen on one side, bar on the other. The place is warm, literally, as the kitchen flames tend to give a bit of smoke and warmth. Trendy but comfortable enough. Lots of red accents (lights of course) abound.

We started with the seared ahi ($11) and lobster rolls ($10). The Ahi was as expected, seared on the outside and served on a bed of light wasabi sauce with some diced veggies, mixed greens on the side. The lobster-mango rolls were wrapped in a won-ton-like shell and fried. The mango were fresh and paired wonderfully with the light lobster flavor in the rolls. A small mango salad was on the side.

Wine: ordered a Pinot Gris/Savion Blanc bottle of Mt. Edna (I believe). Paired well with the heat of 2 of the entrees:

I ordered the Panang Beef Curry, as a dedicated lover of panang from the average corner Thai restaurant, I wanted to see how Red Light's version differed. The curry was rich and spicier than I imagined - a polenta cake and peanuts floated in the curry along with the thin squares of sliced medium-cooked beef. The portion was large enough that I did not finish.

Also ordered were the Prawn "jungle" (green) curry and their version of peking duck. Both went over well, and tasted fine in the one bite I tried.

Service was good, food was extremely quick, we were in and out within and hour and a half, with a martini and smoke after dinner. Total was $170-ish for 3 people.

A good place to start a night, tho I'd try some of the more unique "fusion" dishes next time, as to avoid the inevitable buyers remorse of the standard thai and chinese dishes...

Red Light
820 W. Randolph St.

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