'The Red' offers french cuisine in Kaunas old town. Just around the corner from the main square. I've been here two or three times and it's worth a visit.
Caters for big parties but has plenty of cosy booths and is warmly lit for a romantic mood. Includes those Ingo Maurer chandeliers made out of handwritten notepaper (yes, I did just look them up :)
Service was fine. Attentive, friendly etc.
For the sheer hell of it we had chips to start. Like you do. (You can always tell a restaurant by the chips...) They were undercooked. The (possibly homemade) mayonnaise (it tasted home-made so it doesn't really matter if it was or it wasn't I suppose) almost managed to pull them round and another portion was bought out when we had a moan. Although we had almost finished them by then. So maybe they weren't that underdone after all...
We also had home-made (see above) fish-goujons. Or, as I prefer to call them, fishfingers. Which were full of fish but thankfully - not full of fingers. Very tasty.
For mains, I had Beef bourguignon. Chunky beef was tender and sauce, rich and tasty. Mash had a little taste of 'Smash' to it but it didn't kill the dish. Parmesan crust around the meat and gravy took it in a new direction from the usual (although not quite sure where).
My beautiful and far more interesting partner had bouillabaisse which had the right balance of fishy, spicy, deep, savouriness to it. Langoustine, clams, mussels, chunky but light lumps of fish. Portion sizes were about right all round.
Winelist is better than most of the places in Kaunas and excellent value by UK standards.
Pudding was a disappointment though as the creme brulee had the texture of 'barely been out of the fridge' butter and was as cold as a penguin's posing pouch.
So we didn't get the impish pleasure of smacking it with our spoons and cracking the glasslike sugar and then sinking into the light, toasty-warm cream underneath like the creme brulee bashing bods we are.
However, it was under £60 for four people (3 courses and booze) so that's why it gets a 'Very good' rating. And whilst it's not going to match up to the best High Street brasseries in the UK. it's certainly one of the best restaurants in Kaunas.
Plus, we also got a free round of armagnac and Grand Marnier/Cointreau - presumably to say sorry about the al dente chips, although it might just have been a friendly gesture from a friendly place.