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Red Tapas experience on Vday

Simba | Feb 17, 2003 01:28 PM

I don't often get out to Bmore or DC for dinner due to the distance but my husband and I made a reservation for Red Tapas in Baltimore for Valentines Day. Came across the place on their website as they are also in the catering business. I was very impressed upon entering the room as this was a former bank and the ceiling was so ornate with gold and blue paintings. I was less impressed with the service and the food. The one exception is the lovely girl who pushed the oyster cart around - the oysters were the largest I had seen in a while and were very tastey. We could have made an evening on them alone but they sold out so fast. It was two weeks since their opening night, a Friday and Valentine's Day. The place was not packed. I don't know if these are the same chefs that do their catering but it tasted like average catered food. The seared tuna was cold and had very little taste. Plus it had a grey tint (not pink, grey, making me think it was prepped way ahead of time and why? it's seared tuna for pete's sake), the espresso rubbed tenderloin was about 1/2 inch high and was rubbed with so much espresso that it tasted very dirty. It would have been better had they only dusted one side since the filet was so thin. They served each tapas as if we were having a 7 course meal where you had to wait 15 minutes in between each course. We're talking appetizer size food, two bites and it's gone. I didn't want to have to wait so long for my next dish. The fact that we paid premium prices was a little upsetting but you live and learn. After a trip to the ladies room I told my husband that I felt like the lav could have been more ornate like the rest of the room, I said it looked like a nightclub bathroom. Well, it turns out that a nightclub does "take over" at 10pm. That's why the Red Tapas sign was a peel-off on the front door.

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