Updated, 2:00, with new price range and menu.
Updated: Now scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 26, 2010.
Restaurant Row has taken a few hits recently with the closing of La Nuova Cucina, Pizza Fusion and Rice Paper. But it isn’t all bad news: a new restaurant opened Friday with a concept that is tailor-made for the current economic times.
Le Rouge Wine Bar and Tapas restaurant officially opened Friday. It’s located just a couple of doors down from where La Nuova Cucina closed last month (it’s in the group of storefronts between Seasons 52 and Roy’s). The restaurant is owned by Mounir Elidrissi; Faisal Sultani is the chef. Both previously worked in restaurants in the Washington, D.C., area among others.
The menu features charcuterie and cheese platters served with grilled rosemary ciabatta, honey and olives, as well as traditional tapas dishes such as seafood ceviche; a spicy merguez sausage; a traditional grilled asparagus dish served with romesco sauce; a firecracker shrimp served with a spicy kung pao sauce, peanuts, and cilantro; a marinated chicken served with garlic, lemon, mustard, parsley; traditional European mussels and frites; plus a selection of sandwiches, flatbreads, soups and salads. The restaurant also offers wine and beers from around the world.
The tapas concept -- we need to come up with a different name for tapas -- is timely not only for the current economic climate but also for the trend towards eating less. Smaller portions should be priced accordingly -- and have fewer calories!
I haven’t been yet, but the photos I’ve seen of the place suggest it has a chic, upscale feel. Seating is at small couches as well as a communal table (another national trend).
Le Rouge Wine Bar and Tapas is at 7730 West Sand Lake Road, Orlando. Tapas prices range from $5-20. Le Rouge is open Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m., and Sunday 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. The phone number is 407-370-0909. Here’s a link to the Le Rouge Web site.
Here is a list of the menu items: