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Quick review: Reds Wine Bar (aka Red Swine)


A few weeks ago, following our recent discussion of new watering holes, Weaseldad and I decided to give Reds Wine Bar a whirl. We enjoyed it and would go back again, although my husband prefers Shindig's cocktails over wine or beer.

Red Swine (due to their unfortunate URL) was a bit challenging to find, as it's at the very southernmost end of Kent Station, tucked around the corner. It's not a big place, but it has a charming front parlour with a fireplace and faboo furniture that I wanted to throw in the back of the truck when nobody was looking. The eating area is loud; I would definitely recommend they add some soft surfaces to absorb some of the noise rebounding around the place. There are a variety of tables to seat 2, 4, or more, and there's a central bar counter as well. We didn't have to wait to be seated, but the place was steadily busy.

I started with a pint of Elysian's Mens Room Red, and the husband stuck to Georgetown 9 lb. Porter. Our appetizer was the Lasagna Bites, three pasta shells stuffed with meat and cheese and served with bread. Certainly tasty enough, but there are a lot of other starter options that look appealing as well. We each had a half-size salad (Reds BBQ Chicken and Chicken Caesar). Both salads were fresh and yummy and were a good size when you're trying other things on the menu. But you all know the real reason we went: the Pineapple Upside Down Cake. This is not your granny's PUDC. Each cake is individually made, and with that first bite, I swear the skies opened and heavenly choirs sang of its sweet deliciousness. My husband had the tiramisu--nothing special--and was grateful for the few bites I grudgingly bestowed upon him. Red Swine takes its wine pretty seriously and offers several different wine flights. As an accompaniment to dessert, I got the three bubblies: a prosecco, something else, and a sparkling syrah, the latter of which I might recommend on the merits of its sheer weirdness. Service struck a good balance between being attentive and leaving us alone. One of the staff came over to see how I liked the flight, and when I pronounced one of the wines quite meh, she brought me a glass of a wonderful little dessert wine. It was a very nice and appreciated gesture, and next time we're there I probably will pick up a bottle of it.

To summarize: Good food (what we've tasted so far), pleasant (if a bit loud) atmosphere, pleasant and professional staff, and TO DIE FOR Pineapple Upside Down Cake. We will definitely go back, because we love supporting the local businesses trying so hard to make Life In Kent that much better. If any of you go, let's hear about it!


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May. 21st, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
I've been wanting to try this place. But The Grape Adventure is closer to me and I haven't been there yet either.
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