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Opinions on Red Light

chowmensch Jun 20, 2008 03:11 PM

New England hound here. I'll be in Chicago in mid July for a business conference. Thinking of taking a group of about 15 to Red Light. I understand it's Asian Fusion cuisine. Menu looks nice. What's the general sentiment on this board about RL?

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    Bigmamma RE: chowmensch Jun 20, 2008 07:28 PM

    Great food and atmosphere. One of our favorite restaurants. I highly recommend the peking duck, calamari salad, and the filet which is usually a special. I'm not so sure about the Asian Fusion tag. I think it is more upscale, creative Asian food.

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      CorinneM1 RE: chowmensch Jun 21, 2008 08:51 AM

      It think that you will get mixed review here...but I like it. I like the green beans and don't forget to save room for Jackie's chocolate bag (dessert). Its rich and ample enough to be shared by at least 2 people.

      Edited to add...other options are

      (1) Lao Sze Chaun in Chinatown. They have a private room upstairs. But this is a no frills--not sleek or posh like Red Light--place. Considered by many to be the best Chinese in the City and truly authentic. If you group is adventous and willing to step away from "American/Chinese" you have a winner. Also, many dishes are very spicy, so if you have people that cannot handle heat or if you have food allergies, I would not recommend this place. The prices are fair, if not cheap, so you would be able to have a complete feast to share at bargin basement prices. Highly recommend Tony's 3 chili chicken and bean curd with peanuts.
      Parking may be difficult as well. No valet.

      (2)Vermillion for Latin/India fusion. The only one of its kind in the city, beautiful room, great food, nice service. Same posh-like atmosphere as Red Light. I also recommend this if you are looking to stay within the fusion realm. I enjoy the fish with 16 spices and their lobster dish (I have yet to try) is the signature dish and the most popular.

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        lvhkitty RE: chowmensch Jun 22, 2008 12:29 PM

        Love it. Drinks are fun. Food is excellent. Octopus/kimchee appetizer is great. Desserts are fantastic (especially the chocolate bag and banana coconut cream pie). I've got to go soon!

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          jbontario RE: chowmensch Jun 22, 2008 02:39 PM

          I like it too. Have done many business lunches and dinners and always well received. Vegetarian menu is also great. Enjoy.

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