Red China Bistro-Ingersoll

I had a coupon for a free truffle with purchase of a glass of wine at Chocolaterie Stam on Ingersoll (check out their new patio, it's beautiful! and as you can imagine, the chocolate and wine were indeed vegetarian) last weekend. Drinking two glasses of wine and one truffle before dinner? Embarrassingly enough, I was not ready to get in the car. So, we walked about a block down the street to check out Red China Bistro. Not a planned adventure, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.

I enjoyed the decoration at the restaurant. It's that kind of red, black and silver theme that I'm trying to go for at home (doesn't work out quite as well for me...). The flower installation on the wall was beautiful, though the chairs did make me think I was at a wedding.

We were greeted upon entry and shown to a table. I'm not sure if it was the 4th of July events, 80/35, or if we were just too early, but the place was pretty quiet. We were served cucumber water (do you ever do that at home? add a little something extra to your water? try cucumber, great fresh taste) and left to peruse the menu.

There wasn't much that was vegetarian and the waiter said that although there were no vegetarian specials left unlisted, they could take the meat out of anything. Though I'm not a fan of doing that as the prices are set for meat and why should I pay the same amount when there is no meat? So I went with the spicy vegetable tofu. It was pretty good, plenty of leftovers for the next day's lunch. But the spiciness could have been taken up a notch. I wasn't even gulping water or searching for more rice!

I will say for the food I had, it wasn't worth the price. It's a nice place, good ambiance, but I could have gotten the same meal (granted at a much grimier place) for almost 1/2 the price. I don't think I'll be going back. But the end of the meal fortune cookie dipped in chocolate? delicious!


  1. Hello! Good job with Red. I also found it a bit overpriced, but for meat-eaters, a great way to enjoy this spot is with a glass of wine and some small plates....Thanks for the posting.


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