Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Now, I like Red Bamboo, and I've been there a few times. I just hadn't gone recently, so I never got around to reviewing it for the blog. A site that spends a lot of time talking about restaurants in Fort Greene that doesn't mention Red Bamboo is incomplete, so I was eager to rectify the situation the other night and finally snap some pictures of a meatless meal.
Regular readers will know that I'm about as far from a vegan as one can get. I very much enjoy the taste of death, be it chicken, beef, fish, dairy products, eggs, or anything else. In fact, the first time I went to Red Bamboo, I had no idea it actually was a vegan restaurant - it just looked like a cute place to sit outside and have some drinks. The drinks, by the way, are very good. I've never been disappointed with Red Bamboo's bar service. It's one of my favorites in the area.
Since that first visit (which was mostly alcohol-infused), I've been back a few times and have always been relatively happy with what I've eaten. It's probably never going to be my first choice for dinner, especially with Lulu right down the block, but I have a few vegetarian friends, and it certainly makes for a nice change of pace. Like with sushi, it's kind of tough to eat something at Red Bamboo that really violates you afterward. Taking in a whole pizza at Il Porto or Graziella's can do that.
For this trip, I got to try a couple of different dishes that I'd never had. First up, we ordered a plate of Collard Green Rolls, which are spring rolls stuffed with collard greens and vegetarian smoked ham. The ham isn't very strong and is kind of hidden flavor-wise in the collard greens. They're very rich and go well with the sweet chili dipping sauce that comes along with them.
For entrees, my companion got the Classic BLT which is made with tempeh bacon and vegan mayo. I didn't try it, but she seemed happy with it.
I got the Voodoo Sticks, which are grilled soy beef and pepper kabobs that come along with brown rice and steamed veggies. While in general I've enjoyed what I've eaten at Red Bamboo, I wasn't a can of this dish at all. It's possible that I just wasn't in the mood for it, but I found nothing "voodoo" in the voodoo sticks. The soy beef was bland, and without some sort of real kick there, the rest of the dish is just steamed veggies and bland brown rice. It's not something I'll order next time.
Red Bamboo's a great little restaurant, though, especially if you're looking for vegetarian or vegan fare. The bar is fantastic, and there are a number of tasty appetizers to nosh on while sitting outside on a nice day. While the entrees are hit or miss, I'll definitely be back at some point to try again.
271 Adelphi St (At Dekalb)
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