September 17, 2013 Red Lantern
My parents came into town and took us out to dinner. They offered up PF Changs, and I countered with Red Lantern. Still Chinese, but a more grown up feel – PF Changs feels very chain-like to me, with mediocre service, and most of the time it’s pretty dirty there – those lettuce wraps can make a real mess.
There is an open kitchen in the back so you can see everything. The service is good – somewhere between average and the next step up. We started with the lobster rangoon – crispy wonton, sweet soy and scallions ($12).
The bulgogi was cubed as opposed to shredded. Hand cut beef rib eye served with kimchi and some white rice. ($30) The price is a little steep, but the food is excellent – great taste and wonderfully plated.
The Tik Tok chicken ($24) is similar to General Gao/Tso’s chicken. The portion is generous, enough to bring home and enjoy as another meal. As I mentioned, the prices are a bit high here, but the food is delicious – and high quality.
39 Stanhope Street, Boston, MA