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Adios Lolita, Bonjour ROUGE Brasserie + Oyster Bar – Greenwich, CT

7 Oct

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Update:  Rouge is open now and here’s our review.  

While we’ve been to Red Lulu in SoNo right after it opened, we never had the chance to visit its sister restaurant in Greenwich:  Lolita.  Well, we’re not going to get that chance to ever visit this Greenwich hotspot.  That’s because the cb5 restaurant group has embarked upon a monumental transformation.

Opening November 1, you’ll find ROUGE Brasserie & Oyster Bar has replaced Lolita.  Much of the inspiration for this opening goes back to a previous cb5 restaurant, BLEU.  At the time of its opening, BLEU was a groundbreaking restaurant and definitely pushed the limits of Fairfield County dining.  And, taking it back to BLEU again, cb5 is assembling a reunion of sorts right at the restaurant.  Many of the servers and bartenders are back along with Josh Moulton who returns as Executive Chef.

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A Cheat Sheet to SoNo Fall Restaurant Week 2011 – South Norwalk, CT

8 Sep

Kind of a cool way to run SoNo Fall Restaurant week ( September 25-30, 2011) this year.  Have a lighter two course lunch at $9.99 or $14.99 or get a three course dinner at $19.99 or $29.99.  We always want to equip our Omnomivores with the best kind of advice on spots to hit up, so here’s some info for you as well as some links if we’ve reviewed some of these spots.  When we get more info such as menus, we’ll update this post for ya.  Mangia! ;)

Where We’ve Been

BacchusReview– *Lunch ($14.99) or Dinner ($29.99 )* Make Reservations

• Excellent, quality Italian food.

• Ask to try the meatball!

Barcelona – *Dinner ($29.99)*

• Excellent tapas menu.  Try the fig and chorizo.

• Great drink and wine list.

Coromandel –Review–  *Lunch ($9.99) or Dinner ($29.99 )*

• Great Indian food (Not quite Thali, but still solid)

Chocopologie – *Lunch ($14.99) or Dinner ($29.99 )*

• Great eclectic food choices. The burger isn’t on the RW menu, but is a must for burgerholics.

• Also, creative and unique tea and coffee drinks.

• Chocolate to die for.

The Gingerman –Our CBS Post *Lunch ($9.99) or Dinner ($19.99 )*

• Great bar food and drinks with an immense beer list.

• If you try their hottest wings, you will beg for mercy.

Match  *Dinner ($29.99 )*  Make Reservations

• Very good Italian food

• Sidewalk dining, baby!

Red Lulu –Review 1Review 2   *Dinner ($29.99 )*

• Inventive and delicious Latino flare and fare.

• Great drinks.

• Hard to get in, so be ready to wait.

The Sono Baking Company & Cafe – Review – *Lunch ($9.99)* 

• Stuffed french toast here is purely amazing.

• Fresh, quality ingredients used in their food.

Sono Brewhouse – *Lunch ($14.99) or Dinner ($19.99 )*

• Good bar food and drinks

Where we still need to try…

Donovan’s – *Lunch ($9.99) or Dinner ($19.99 )*

O’Neill’s – *Lunch ($9.99) or Dinner ($19.99 )*

Strada18 – *Lunch ($14.99) or Dinner ($29.99 )*

Omnomivore’s Guide to SoNo Restaurant Week 2011. South Norwalk, CT

10 Jun

Looking for the 2011 Fall SoNo Restaurant Week info?

Finally, what Darryl Ohrt, Prime Minister of Awesome at Humongo, has been waiting for:  An Omnomivore’s Guide to SoNo Restaurant Week!  Spots involved this year are excellent and should be tried, over and over, Sunday-Friday…for lunch and dinner!  We’ve made a list below with some info and–when applicable–some links to our reviews on those restaurants.  Most Restaurant Week menus aren’t posted or live yet, but when they are, we’ll update for you, fellow Omnomivores.

Where We’ve Been

BacchusReview–(203) 956.0220  Make Reservations

• Excellent, quality Italian food.

• Ask to try the meatball!

• Review coming soon…

Barcelona –(203) 899.0088

• Excellent tapas menu.  Try the fig and chorizo.

• Great drink and wine list.

Black Bear Saloon –203) 299.0711

• Good bar food and drinks.

• Sports bar atmosophere

CoromandelReview– (203) 852.1213

• Great Indian food (Not quite Thali)

ChocopologieRW Lunch Menu & RW Dinner Menu– (203) 854.4754

• Great eclectic food choices. The burger isn’t on the RW menu, but is a must for burgerholics.

• Also, creative and unique tea and coffee drinks.

• Chocolate to die for.

The Gingerman – Lunch & Dinner RW Menus– (203) 354.0163

• Good bar food and drinks.

Match – RW Menu – (203) 852.1088  Make Reservations

• Very good Italian food

• Sidewalk dining, baby!

Red LuluReview 1Review 2 (203) 939.1600

• Inventive and delicious Latino flare and fare.

• Great drinks.

• Hard to get in, so be ready to wait.

Sono Brewhouse – (203) 853.9110

• Good bar food and drinks

Where We Haven’t Been To…

We’ve Gotta Change That! 

Donovan’s – (203) 354.9451

O’Neill’s – (203) 838.0222

Strada18 – (203) 853.4546

The Sono Baking Company & Cafe – (203) 847.7666

Wasabi Chi – RW Menu Coming Soon- (203) 286.0181

Ending the year on a high note! Red Lulu Cocina & Tequila Bar, South Norwalk (SoNo)

1 Jan

Kristien and I OmNoming it up at Red Lulu

When we were thinking about some great places to OmNom it up for New Year’s Eve, we couldn’t stop going back to our amazing experience at Red Lulu.  With a place that cool, we thought it HAS to be a scene on the craziest night of the year, right? So Kristien called up Red Lulu and was told the chef would be creating some new items for a very special menu, that there would be three seatings, one at 6:00, 8:00 and 10:00, and that they would have confetti and a champagne toast at midnight.  We decided we couldn’t miss out on what was sure to be a fantastic night so we made reservations for us, and our friend, Paul Mueller, author of Abigail and Blueboy, for 8:00PM

To begin, we were led to the most awesome seat in the house:  the head of the beautiful mirrored, cross table just below the brick wall where they were projecting NYC’s Time Square live.  Paul freaked when the granita came out smoking and popped a picture just like we did.  Some things never grow old! :) Our waitress, Emma, brought us our margaritas (HAD to have the Red Lulu and Diablo again) and prepared us for an awesome meal.  Some of the major highlights of the night:

Paul, Emma, and I

1)  The chef’s new guacamole!  It was mixed with thick chunks of smoked bacon… yeah bacon, need we say more?  I just hope this stays on their regular menu. If not, I’m sorry that I just told you about it without hope of you ever achieving oneness through this dish.

2)  The carne asada, once again, was amazing.  It was done up differently when I ordered it last time, so I didn’t feel as guilty for ordering the same darn thing.  There were some nicely grilled onions on the side, with a beautiful strip of beef that was cut into slices and accompanied with some tortillas for wrapping.  A spicy red sauce was there that added great flavor and heat to the dish.  By itself, the beef was amazing, but adding in the red sauce made it great.  Also, throw in some more guacamole and roasted jalapenos, and it’s perfect.  Well, I guess if there was bacon in this guac, too! :)

3)  The service!  It was spot on yesterday.  We were seated right at 8:00 and were well taken care of by the attentive waitstaff and by Emma.  The time we spent at Red Lulu seemed to just drift by as they helped us to celebrate.  Waiters, waitresses, and staff were clad in NYE necklaces and hats, were throwing balloons around, were cranking noise makers, and getting everybody excited.

4)  Both the pulled pork and rib eye tacos.  The meat, in both tacos, was cooked very nicely.  The pulled pork, in particular, was of the kind of quality that you’d find at a stellar BBQ joint.  The pork was just so moist and delicate, that it just seemed to melt away.  Served up with some salsa verde, the pulled pork tacos were a great starter.

My New Year's Eve Cotton Candy Goatee

5)  Last of all, we all shared  a dessert platter.  There was a tequila cupcake with a scoop of butter on top–I ate a big chunk of it with the cupcake thinking it was ice cream.  Nope, it wasn’t, ewwww.  It was butter!  Damn, that was smart of me, but we all got a big laugh out of it.  Also, there were fried banana cheesecake bites that Kristien just loved.   The other two desserts:  a bread pudding (we think… at this point we had quite a few margaritas) and a brownie cake were also very good.  We were even given an extra complimentary dessert platter and some champagne to wash it all down. SWEET!

Red Lulu continues to kick some major culo!  The place was packed, with three dinner seatings and a crowded bar, yet the food came out hot, and the service was superior.  I just wonder when we’ll be back again…maybe next Saturday?

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A sensory explosion. Red Lulu Cocina & Tequila Bar, Norwalk (SoNo)

19 Dec

Calling Red Lulu Cocina & Tequila Bar a sensory explosion is an understatement. In fact, as soon as you walk into their mammoth doors you’re hit with the first two sensory explosions: sight and sound. Ok, not just hit, but more like “You got knocked the f@$k out” like Smokey says to Teebo in Friday. Let’s take them one at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed with the awesomeness.

Sight

Wow. No, wow doesn’t even sum it up. This place is freakin’ ridiculous. Dare I say the coolest looking restaurant in Fairfield County? Yes I dare. It starts with the rich, red, velvety, damask wall paper, then moves over to the gorgeous variety of antique/crystal/iron/goth chandeliers dangling from the ceiling, over to the swanky lounge and bar area bustling with trendy locals enjoying concoctions from their fabulous drink menu, along to the cross-shaped mirrored table in the middle of the restaurant next to a giant brick wall showcasing an eclectic variety of movies, ending with the plush, red, velvet seats nestled in cute little dining nooks for a little privacy among friends. Absolutely stunning… sexy even, rarrrr.

Sound

As busy as this place gets, you would expect it to be incredibly noisy. Luckily, the acoustics are excellent (must be all the velvety goodness soaking it up). Instead, all you really hear is fun and energetic music loudly (but not annoyingly) playing throughout the space.  And although we’ve not been to Red LuLu late at night or for a special party, I hear the musical entertainment can get quite intense!

But enough about all that, what about the foooood?! Here we move onto the two very interconnected senses:

Taste and Smell (with a twist of sight)

Once we were seated up on the wrought iron surrounded balcony overlooking the gorgeous cross table, we were greeted by our friendly waiter carrying a complimentary stainless steel bowl of steaming granita, to which he offered a splash of tequila to accompany it. Of course, we obliged! What a refreshing way to clear the palette for what was to be an amazing meal.

Then, we were presented with another complimentary dish of wonderfulness–a HUGE bowl of warm chips and a plethora of sauces and salsas for them to bathe in, including a spicy chipotle cream sauce, a fantastic spicy, sweet habanero mango sauce, an acidic and flavorful green tomatillo, and a nice, smokey roasted tomato salsa. And, to complement this variety of delish, we added one of their three guacamoles–the picante guacamole, with hell’s chile oil and fresh, hot green chiles. Not as spicy as we hoped, but still yummy! Yeah, and we totally couldn’t help ourselves from eating the entire bowl of chips with all of this! Oops.

Next up, drinks! What we thought was going to be an easy decision (margaritas, DUH), was anything but easy. With over 100 tequila choices (who the heck knew there were even over 100 tequilas on the market?), three sangria choices (including a rose, which you NEVER see), a wide variety of beers, and creative variations of margaritas, we weren’t sure where to start! We finally landed on the Red Lulu margarita for myself, an absolutely PERFECT mix of Sauza Hornitos, Patron Citronge, fresh lime, infused imperial cranberry cane syrup, and unsweetened crushed cranberry, and the Diablo for Danny, a harmonious blend of Lanazul Reposado, Luxardo Triplum, serrano chile, blood orange, and fresh pineapple, and strawberries.

Moving on, we have appetizers. As usual, stuck between about 10 different dishes, we picked the tres ceviches. As lovers of all things ceviche, how could we refuse a sampling of three different kids? Our absolute favorite of the three was the sangrita, a glorious combo of shrimp, scallops, tomato, fresh orange, hot sauce, and avocado. OMG. Second favorite was the traditional blend, consisting of grouper, fresh lime juice, serrano chile, and red onion. Very fresh and light. Although Danny thoroughly enjoyed the last one, called coco, the jury’s still out for me. The coco ceviche started with nice, fresh ahi tuna, drowning in coconut milk, a splash of fresh lime, cilantro leaves, and jalapeno. While I absolutely LOVE coconut, I feel like the coconut milk was just too heavy for a ceviche. It wasn’t bad by any means, but perhaps if they were lighter on the coconut milk and heavier on the lime, it would’ve been the perfect mix.

Now for course 2 (technically 4 if you count the granitas and chips, man we can eat), the main course! Danny had the carne asada, a grilled, marinated skirt steak (one of my faves) with flour tortillas, salsa roja, grilled red onions, and jalapenos. Holy hell, it was AMAZING (yes, of course I tasted it too)! The steak was perfectly cooked medium rare, which can be a challenge for thin skirt steak. The red onions were slightly spicy with just the perfect amount of vinegar to give it a nice, fresh acidity. And it even came with surprise, nicely seasoned french fries, like we needed that! Next time we go, I’m SO ordering that! And for me, I had the carne de vaca enchiladas from the appetizer menu, which was so huge it was anything but an appetizer. These unique and rich enchiladas consisted of slow-cooked short ribs, Negro Modello red chile sauce, and tobacco onions. While the ribs were cooked to perfection, soft, not tough or stringy at all, I would probably not get this dish again only because the Negro Modello sauce was just too rich, sweet, and overpowering for me. Though I think this is purely a taste thing, and no reflection of the quality of the dish… just look how amazing it looks in that picture. Puuurdy!

And last, but so very, very not least was dessert. Holy crap, where did we fit it? We indulged in the buenos noches, a warm, deep chocolate, espresso bread pudding (my favorite dessert of all time), topped with coffee ice cream, brown sugar caramel and hot fudge sauce. Oh wow, wow, wow, it was fantasical!

Then, just when you thought we were done, they bestow upon us the last of three complimentary dishes, a heaping serving of green apple cotton candy! How can you not fall absolutely in love with a place that ends every meal with a pile of sugary whimsy? You simply cannot, so at 4.25 noms, go here now, and go here often because it is more than a pleasure to all your senses.

Red Lulu Cocina and Tequila Bar
Noms: 4.25
Cost:  $$$

Address:  128 Washington Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
Phone:  (203) 939 – 1600
Website: http://redlulumexican.com
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Red-Lulu-Cocina-Tequila-Bar/114553975261899?ref=ts

Note: Reservations not accepted for parties under 6. Usually a long wait after 7:00PM, so go early if you can’t wait 45 mins +

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