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“Maybe I should have had pizza”
Review of Restaurant Red - CLOSED

Restaurant Red
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Melbourne, Australia
Level Contributor
39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Maybe I should have had pizza”
Reviewed April 15, 2013

The decor and setting are comfortable and clean. Quite European. Too much stuff on the tables tho. I was expecting much better food given the majority of ratings on TA. Maybe I should have just had pizza. I had tomato and vegetable soup entree that tasted and looked so much like it was tomato paste and stock. It made me thirsty and i could not eat the entire entree. The vegetables in the soup were not cooked. Crunchy undercooked onion in soup is not to my liking. Maybe that is how it was meant to be however. The butter that came with the bread was an alfoil wrapped butter portion. Like you get at the RSL Club bistro. Again not what I expected given the ratings and the prices. I had stuffed squid (entree size) for main. It was tender and filled with minced mixed seafood. The filling was quite spongy and I expected more flavor given the array of mixed seafood that made up the mixture. My partner had rack of lamb on mashed potato with red wine jus. Requested medium/rare. Was a little overdone but meat was still nice and tender. We asked if the red wine jus was house made and we were assured it was. Please note that some people can have major allergic reactions to ingredients in prepackaged food and sauces. So if someone asks this question, it is best to be very honest about whether it comes from a packet or is house made, lest you make someone very ill. Or worse, kill them ! The pinot Gris we had with meals was very nice. Service was very pleasant. We were asked several times if our meals were ok. Once is enough. All in all an overall average and would probably not go out of my way to go back, due to what you get for the cost. I'd like to rate it higher given the obvious effort that has been put into the decor, setting, cleanliness etc and the staff are nice, but the food just didn't quite do it for me.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank snail9
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82 reviews from our community

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English first
Launceston, Australia
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Very nice surprise”
Reviewed April 8, 2013 via mobile

We had a very good lunch. The food, drinks and service were great. Real value for money. We will go back.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Michael-Helen
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Mid North Coast
Level Contributor
110 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Delicious Gelato”
Reviewed March 29, 2013

We were taken here by a friend for dessert. It was the perfect end to the evening. The staff were lovely, the atmosphere lively, the gelato was just divine! Yum I'd go back here in a heartbeat! Next time I'm going for dinner as well!

Visited March 2013
Helpful?
Thank ScrapbytheSea
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Hobart, Australia
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A Great Find!!”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

Fantastic food, excellent service, and a huge selection of things to choose from. We were so happy to find this place on our trip up from Hobart, highest recommendations!
We had the blue cheese gnocchi and a pizza and both were superb, as well and the aioli chips.
Top marks for this place.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Janet K
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2 reviews
“fantastic food & service”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

My husband myself and 2 friends were just starting our 2 week tour of tassie and stopped at restaurant red quite randomly, the decor was appealing and the menu posted outside looked interesting, we all ordered salads and they were the best any of us had had elsewhere before, the service was exceptional as well. We were also given a few touring tips...

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Thank Jmmullan
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