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Sep 17, 2009 11:15 AM

The Red Lentil

Has anyone been to The Red Lentil in Watertown yet? If so, please post. The menu looks promising for a vegetarian/vegan option and there were people having lunch when I walked by this afternoon.

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  1. They may be having some formal opening problems until the proper permits are in order.

    1. I do not get a warm welcoming vibe. The color green of the interior is ghastly.

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      1. re: StriperGuy

        Like high gloss deep, screaming lime green, but I'd still check it out, albeit with sunglasses.

            1. re: lgss

              Finally ate there, decor was fine, in person, and did not detract from the dining experience. My husband and I are both vegan, I'm gluten-free and he's soy sensitive so we greatly appreciated the labeling on the menu. I had the Pistachio and Herb Encrusted Tofu with Corn Cake and my husband had Baby Spinach Salad and Beet-Potato Latkes. They were fairly busy but it didn't take too long for our order. We found the food tasty, and attractively presented. We walked there from North Cambridge and so arrived hungry. Portions proved satisfying.

        1. re: StriperGuy

          This is a food site. Not an interior design site.

          1. re: shannaclark

            Personally I enjoy the Gobi Manchurian at Red Lentil and find the service to be very adequate and friendly. I find the interior design to be fairly non existent, however I have not noticed the colors in a good or bas way.

            shannaclark, if you read through some threads, while being primarily about the chow, many posters use the ambiance and decor of a restaurant to add to the story (particularly when describing a new restaurant). This is also a site where unearthing old threads without contributing to and furthering the discussion is not a welcome or productive practice. YMMV

            1. re: Gabatta

              Nevermind that this thread is over a year old, and that in a subsequent thread I posted that despite the bright green walls, the food is quite good.

            2. re: shannaclark

              So shannaclark what is you opinion of the food there?

              1. re: lgss

                Well, Igss, I haven't actually been there. I was thinking about going, and figured I'd check out what other local foodies have to say about it. So, I signed onto Chowhound for some feedback and was frustrated when I found more comments about the decor than the food. While I appreciate fine decor and have nothing against its discussion, I'm not one to eat at a specific establishment just based on the color of the walls.

                All that having been said, I'll be SURE to post something about the food as soon as I eat there! Thanks for asking:) And, by the way, I appreciate you ACTUALLY addressing the menu items and sharing your opinions--your post IS helpful!

          2. I got takeout from there last night. I was very excited by the menu, and it's right in my neighborhood. We had:

            - Beet latkes - I wasn't crazy about these -- thought they had sort of a sharp (slightly horseradishy) taste that didn't go that well with the beets. MIL liked them.
            - Butternut polenta triangles with asparagus and cilantro-walnut pesto and something other tomato-based sauce/salsa -- Thought this sounded too busy, but was actually a nice combination of flavors.
            - Sweet potato and spinach quesadillas on whole-wheat tortilla -- I liked this one too. A little spicier than expected.

            I can report back on the millet loaf later, at least the leftover version (I didn't try this yesterday).

            Overall, good food, reasonable prices. I was hoping to really love it. I liked it, but felt that I could cook similar food myself. I will be back to try different items.

            Note: Their website ( has a buy one entree, get one 1/2 off coupon for lunch. And while they were closed for about a week, according to their website they opened for good again for dinner on the 15th.

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              1. re: Pia

                thanks for the review. Since it is in my work neighborhood, it is worth a try.

                1. re: Pia

                  Reporting back on a few more items (again, all takeout, and probably would have been better at the restaurant):

                  Gobi Manchurian - chickpea flour-battered and deep-fried cauliflower with red and green peppers in a sweet and slightly spicy tomato sauce. Pretty true to its description, and the still-crunchy peppers were a nice contrast to the deep-friedness of the cauliflower.

                  Chili - VERY spicy. I wasn't prepared for that (and had ordered it for my toddler).

                  Three-bean burrito -- should have ordered more carefully, it turns out it's just the chili in a burrito (with the usual rice, guacamole, etc.). I actually stuck this in the fridge and heated it on the griddle for lunch the next day. Even so, it was still pretty good.

                  Seitan with teff crepe -- tasted a lot like a nutty dosa. Portion was enormous (which is why the burrito ended up in the fridge), with a healthy-tasting side of dark greens. Like the polenta dish, lots of different flavors and sauces here, including a beet-pineapple salsa, but all the components work together surprisingly well. (By the way, I revise my assessment of "I could cook this myself" -- yes on the basic stuff, like wraps and quesadillas, but I would certainly never even imagine this dish, let alone cook it.)

                  The place seems to be busy whenever I walk by. I'm crossing my fingers that it continues to do well and sticks around. (I certainly don't miss its predecessor in the same space, the Mayflower Chinese restaurant, although it did make me laugh every time I walked by the window prominently displaying several copies of a review with the headline, "Jury is Still Out on the May Flower.")

                  1. re: Pia

                    From an email blast...

                    Our New Haven Location Is Opening Mid-July!
                    25 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06510

                    We are pleased to announce that, by mid-July, our second location in New Haven, Connecticut will be open to the public! The new restaurant will offer:

                    Spacious elegance,
                    Private party room for 30-40 people,
                    Full bar,
                    Great location with easy access to colleges, shopping, and major highways,
                    And the same great vegetarian cuisine and service you've come to expect from The Red Lentil!

                    Red Lentil
                    600 Mt Auburn St, Watertown, MA 02472