Red Farm Uptown- Wonderful!!
Had dinner last night before a concert at the Beacon. We were seated at a table in the back room with two people nearly on top of us...I asked for a booth but alas, there were none.
I have to tell you, I had brunch at Red Farm downtown and while it was good, it was just that, good. This dinner, was nothing short of fantastic!
We started with their soup dumplings- which is one of my favorite dishes anywhere, and Red Farm's version is excellent! Full of soup and the crab filling is great. The duck shooters were very cool and the spare ribs were to die for.
Needless to say we were pretty full at this point, but had to order dinner anyway. Their salmon was amazing. Recommended by our excellent server, the salmon literally melted in your mouth. I am not a huge salmon fan, but this version was the best I've ever had. Next, we had the chicken with the crispy skin. This was amazing. perfectly cooked chicken, amazingly crispy skin, and very cool sides- squeeze a lemon on the chicken- brings out great flavors!! Lastly we had the mei fun noodles. This was our least favorite dish of the night. Their bacon and egg fried rice is much better but you can't win them all.
All I can say is, this is one of the best meals I've had all year. Food and service were really, really great. Portions were large, and a good time was had by all.
PS: to the jerk in the yellow shorts and sneakers yelling at the host that he knows the owners and he wants a better table.....go home and order in take out Chinese...this place is too good for your nonsense!
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I dunno about Yelp but the issue I've had with Redfarm is that the main dishes are disappointing to awful.
I had a different experience than Sockster with the chicken stuffed shrimp dish, a dish, that I was really looking forward to because it sounds amazing. Not to mention I still crave the chicken stuffed shrimp at M. Wells which was out of this world. But the Redfarm chicken stuffed shrimp I had was a mess, the chicken and shrimp layers came apart, the skin was very crispy but unpleasantly so, too thick, and both the chicken and the shrimp were rubbery. All of it was salty along with the dipping sauce. It was too "wow, sock'em, pow" let's add an acid, let's make it crispy, let's make it salty, let's fry it, boom flavor! Which was sort of the overarching feel I had at Redfarm, it's food that panders to lowest common denominators without subtlety. The dishes which are so "innovative" really are safe and bland as porridge.
I really enjoy the dim sum and some of the appetizers, but I always leave feeling unsatisfied by the food in a way that I didn't feel at Chinatown Brasserie, which was less well regarded. Once the novelty of the adorable pac-man dumpling fades, I start remembering how the dim sum at Chinatown Brasserie was better overall. That being said, some of the food is really enjoyable and the chicken stuffed shrimp is a great idea, one that was executed well on the night Sockster was there.