Posted 23 January 2008 - 08:00 AM
Posted 05 February 2008 - 03:50 PM
Posted 19 April 2008 - 03:09 PM
We sat outside, on Biscayne, and it was a nice city-type dinner, with cars and some skells (just one or two, actually) rolling by. You can smoke out here, which is a good option for you smokers...
Full menu coming in a week or two; although when I asked the chef when he would start serving the full menu, he replied, "Do I have to?" I guess it's nice not to have to worry about 35 dishes, just 8 or 10.
Posted 15 June 2008 - 05:12 PM
There's usually a 'local catch of the day', served in one of chef Wessel's fruit-forward sauces. I especially liked the 'Spiny Lobster', served with leeks, orange confit, red bliss potatoes, and little neck clams ($12-half portion), a dish that is cooked sous vide-the ingredients (at least the lobster and one or two other ingredients) are cooked in a vacuum pouch in a thermal circulator (which keeps water at a constant temperature) at low temperature, 110 degrees, for twenty minutes, . For serving, the pouch is opened table side, and poured over the other ingredients. I've never eaten 'spiny lobster' that tasted quite like this, although I will say that this dish is both fascinating and frustrating at the same time. And perhaps that is my only real beef with Red Light. If the chef is going to introduce new cooking methods to the table, perhaps they should be accompanied by better service. Dumping a bag of food on the plate is inelegant at best, especially when the cooking method is described by the server as "like papillote" (cooking in parchment), which is nothing at all like sous vide. Or when a bottle of wine is brought to the table and the server asks if we'd "like to taste it first, or should I just pour it?" That is simply a question that should not be asked. Of course, all neighborhood joints are granted special exemptions to work out some of the kinks, and, in the end, I'm hoping the allure of Kris Wessel's innovative cooking, as well as the 'banks of the Little River' location, will outshine any early missteps.