Since our last visit a couple years ago, this restaurant has redecorated, upgrading the ambience and now catering to a more demanding crowd. With the unfortunate closing of Magnolia last year, Vin Rouge has benefited by being a stone’s throw away and providing a unique menu featuring French bistro cooking, e.g. a charcuterie plate or sautéed calves liver. Their specialty is Fruits de Mer—fresh seafood prepared bistro style over ice on a tiered tray: a choice of 2 sizes of a plate of oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, jumbo lump crab and lobster.
Our table of six sat in the room’s center, backed against the French country fireplace where we could observe all the goings-on. Unfortunately, on a Saturday night the room was filled to capacity with happy diners and the noise level was above average. However, the food made up for the inconvenience, and the service was top-notch.
My trout amadine, covered with a brown-butter almond sauce, and served with pommes Lyonnaise and haricots verts was perfectly cooked and presented. Although a beet salad can be found on many restaurant menus today, Van Rouge’s was especially tasty with a lovely citrus vinaigrette.
Everyone in our group was very happy with their menu choice. This is a restaurant we will all be anxious to return to.
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