Curious about Red Lantern
We stopped at Red Lantern last night on our 3 restaurants-as-close-to-BB-Station-as-possible tour.
I was pleasantly surprised - sure, it's Americanized pan-Asian in a Vegas-style conference room, but the food was entirely edible, even enjoyable.
We split duck buns and lobster rangoons to start - each was flavorful and balanced, if a little too sweet (especially the drizzle over the rangoons). Yes, we ate rangoons. It seems like the type of place to get them.
We then moved on to two rolls:a plum&hamachi concoction that looked like it belonged in a barbie house and tasted entirely of rice as well as "Half Baked" which was delicious.
The dining room of Red Lantern was filled with Wellesley HouseWives Night out and it appears the Vox crowd has relocated to RL's bar. If you are stuck in this area for some reason, Red Lantern is the better choice to Brahmin, which is a nightmare of bad service, bad drinks, and bad music.
235 Shrewsbury St, Worcester, MA 01604
I have been a few times, went with very low expectations, as it's: a) on Stanhope Street, and b) run by the people behind The Estate and a Foxwoods nightclub. It's indeed a cavernous space, sort of a Tao knockoff.
I was pleasantly surprised by the food, though it is pretty Westernized and pricey for what it is. It's kinda pan-Asian: some sushi, some dim sum type plates, some big steaks and fancy stir-fries. I don't care much for the cocktail list: too much flavored vodka plus a couple of $44 Scorpion Bowls, but they have an okay sake list (much better prices by the bottle).
I don't imagine most people are going to go here for the food, but if you get dragged along to this kind of place, you could do much worse.