16 Apr 2011
Chilli Crab: ive not eaten such a meaty crab! the crab tasted fresh and i enjoyed it thoroughly. the sauce goes well with the fried mantous too! yumm yum.
Braised Spinach Tofu: this tasted fine, except that the taste of the spinach isnt strong enough for me
Sauteed Dou Miao: great! this is a light accompaniment to the chilli crab
Wok Fried Creamy Custard Prawns: this is one of their specialties, and it tasted fine though it appeared quite oily. we were afraid it would taste too creamy at first, but it didnt turn out so overpowering afterall. i just find it pretty wasteful to cook live prawns this way, because the freshness of the prawns was masked by the strong flavours.
Drunken Prawns with Hua Diao Wine & Herbs: fantastic! i think live prawns should be cooked this way. the sauce is actually more like a soup base, and it really carried out the freshness of the prawns. you can drink the sauce as if you ordered herbal soup.
Service: this is a review from my two visits to red house, although i bought takeaway at the first time. the service is attentive and prompt. plates were changed frequently and my teacup was topped up quite often. the waiter who overheard our discussion on the prawns earlier, checked with us if they were indeed too creamy for our liking. when we were done with our first two dishes, i heard the waiter instructing the kitchen through his headset, to hurry and serve up our chilli crab. after we were done eating, they cleared the messy plates, cleaned the table, provided more fresh wet tissues without our asking, and topped up our teas.
Overall: this is a place you'd want to visit for a crab feast at a casual and comfortable place - we sat at one of the tables outside, and enjoyed a slight breeze. the commendable service and good food make me want to return for more. i will definitely be back.