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Revised November 23, 2012
Monica Profiles Boston:
Red Lantern, A Culinary Experience
By Monica Pietrzak

Red Lantern is a culinary experience that will transport you from dreary snow filled New England nights to candlelit, sensual bliss with an Asian twist. Featured in multiple publications and recently voted Top 100 Restaurants by Open Table diners, Red Lantern is a new kid on the restaurant block. Brothers Ed and Joe Kane of the Big Night Entertainment Group, the hospitality powerhouse behind some of the most successful dining and nightlife destinations in New England have done it again. Shrine, Scorpion Bar, Luxury Lanes, the High Rollers Club at Foxwoods MGM Grand and now Red Lantern. Red Lantern boasts a blend of sophistication and scene pairing sultry decor, cultural flavor profiles with a trendy new vibe. This is your Saturday night, Boston.

We began the night with a personal favorite (and best in the city) - tuna tartare. Uber talented Chef Kevin Long, executive chef of four successful restaurants owned and operated by Big Night Venues and Eat Well, Inc prepares Fresh tuna sashimi enveloped in thin sheets of cucumber placed atop soy ginger dressing, sprinkled with crunchy wontons. Light, flavorful and the perfect accompanyment to any cocktail.

Duck buns are a staple. Reminiscent of an arepa, 2 soft steamed buns are served beside a generous filling of shredded hoisin duck and sweet and salty pickles, an upscale take on craveable street food.

Mongolian beef -This hidden gem can be lost among delicious sushi and noodles but is a must try at Red Lantern. Sliced skirt steak with garlic, ginger, mushrooms cooked directly over wood fire glazed with miso and herb butter. This delicately sliced steak, will undoubtedly melt in your mouth. Served with glazed sweet potatoe - each slice almost bruleed to perfection for a crunchy exterior with pillowy sweet potatoe bliss within. Comfort fare with an Asian flare.

Known for masterful sushi creations, I was determined to try a New England favorite - lobster roll. Caribbean lobster, three tobikos, wasabi mayo melded in perfect harmony and gave a punch to New England's home staple.

Crunchy roll was equally as indulgent - bana salmon toro, tobiko, crab stick, crunchy bits providing texture and pop. It is best to order a few when at a large table and chat the night away.

Singapore Street Noodles rounded out the night. Packed with fresh shrimp, bay scallop, pork, madras curry and signature xo sauce, it does not skimp as notes of spice make their appearance throughout.

Geisha, Bamboo Juice, Dragon Fire and Red Lotus - Signature cocktails you must try. We had the Mikado, green chartreuse, lime, orange bitters, and of course bubbly. Tart, not to sweet, citrusy and refreshing. For a real treat - [Ying and Yang]. Two varieties of giant scorpion bowls, enough to share with 10+ friends and plenty of giant red straws. The girl-night-out GO-To. We typically order both, for good karma, of course!

For a scene and to be seen, Red Lantern seats 250 people, hosts private events and even provides a complete gluten free menu. Service is impeccable and management top notch. Located on 29 Stanhope Street, Boston MA 02116.

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