Wednesday, February 22, 2012

R&G Lounge

One rainy night, a couple weekends ago, a few culinary friends gathered for dinner. Dinner happened to be at the popular Chinese restaurant, R&G Lounge located between FiDi and Chinatown. Even on a late rainy night, the restaurant was bustling. Upon entering the restaurant, there are only a few tables, but a trip down the stairs leads to an expansive underground dining room--just the teeniest bit reminiscent of a hidden opium den.

I really enjoy sharing meals with friends from culinary school. It's really the only time I can relax and not stress about ordering restrictions or preferences. I know they are always game to try anything. It's refreshing. So we proceeded to order up a storm...and then eat it all. Tucked in a corner, we ate until we closed out the restaurant. It was nice to be able to leisurely enjoy our meal, sit and chat and not be rushed out--like in typical Asian restaurant form.

 salt and pepper crab
 salted cod fried rice
 sliced lamb in spicy sauce with steamed buns
roasted squab
greens and water chestnuts

Overall, the food was good. Actually better than good. The salt and pepper crab is a must order. Prices are a bit steep for Chinese food but you hardly notice it when dining with a group. Bonus: they take reservations.

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